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Wednesday, August 11, 2010


I believe you are confusing apples and oranges. MET is part of treatment and pre-supposes a relationship with a counselor, while Family Intervention is pre-treatment and is necessary for addicts who refuse treatment. You can't do MET if you don't have a patient.
There is scientific evidence to show the efficacy of Family Intervention. As I recall, both the Johnson and ARISE models have done the 5 year follow-up sobriety studies and have well over an 80% sucess rate>
The real ethical issue with interveniton is how it is done. Beating up addicts is not necessary and is clearly unethical. The Johnson and ARISE models are very loving and non-judgmental, and hardball tactics are rarely needed if you do it right. Unfortunately, most interventionists are poorly trained and don't take the time to help families prepare carefully to do the intervention in a non-judgmental way.
Fr. Jack Kearney
Instructor, Laws & Ethics for addiction counselors
Loyola-Marymounty University

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