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The Family Systemic Model intervention is an invitational approach. The Family Systemic Intervention approach is focused on family involvement with the treatment process rather than focusing solely on the person with a substance abuse problem. This is also called the Invitational "Family Systemic Intervention Model" because it invites the entire family together with the addicted individual to attend the intervention. This model is based on the idea that if the system changes, every individual within the system will also change, including the addict (Systems Theory).


  • Focusing on the whole family
  • Addressing the entire family
  • Family system changing



The invitational approach is designed to be a non-confrontational and non-judgmental form of intervention. The ultimate goal of the Family Systemic Model is the entire family will become motivated to seek treatment for themselves and to teach and educate the family healthy traits and empowerment of healing. The workshop is conducted and each family member learns about their different treatment options. These may include addiction or co-dependency treatment, among others. The interventionist usually maintains contact with the family for up to a year, following up either in person or via telephone.


  • Designed to be non-confrontational
  • Goal is the family becomes motivated
  • Empowerment for the family
  • Treatment options for the whole family
  • Family follow-up to one year





The "Surprise Approach" Johnson Model Intervention was created by Dr. Vern Johnson in the 1970s. More than 80 percent of people with addictions fail to look for treatment options that could help, according to an article in the journal, Trends in Cognitive Sciences.


For some of these people, denial is to blame for this addiction complacency. They may believe deep down inside, that they're not really addicted at all and that everyone around them is simply exaggerating the scope of the problem.


Talking to someone who is deep in denial like this can be frustrating, and many families find that simple discussions about the addiction are futile, as the person simply will not admit that anything is amiss. It's as though a wall stands between the person and the truth, and the family might come to feel as though a big shock is needed in order to break that wall down.


  • 80% addicted persons fail to look at treatment options
  • Characateristics of an addicted person is denial, blame and self centeredness
  • IP ( identfied patient) is in denial they are addicted/ and that thier life is out of control
  • IP ( identfied patient) unwilling to admit there is a problem/and they can handle thier lives
  • Professional will collaborate with family and friends about addiction
  • Surprise Model of interventions, breaks down the wall of denial/addiction behaviors



The Model:

A three-year study completed on 397 Storti Model cases (roughly 12 percent of all Storti interventions) showed that 95% of patients go into treatment immediately after the intervention. Even among the 5% who do not immediately accept treatment, 80% accepted treatment within a few months to a few years of the intervention, often soon after the intervention. So many patients choose to accept help because Mr. Storti’s method is inspirational, motivational and honorable.

The deep intensity of caring for individuals, united to support one member, is the main ingredient of the intervention approach using these motivational interviewing techniques.


  • INQUIRY The inquiry is a fact-finding process to evaluate the case dynamics, and to present the intervention model and its possible application to the presenting concerns/issues o ASSESSMENT: An assessment helps you to learn whether moving forward with an intervention is appropriate, and if it is, how it can be done most effectively and safely.
  • PREPARATION: The preparation takes place usually the day before the intervention. It is designed to explain in full the intervention procedure, the energy that is needed from the participants and the need to stay unified throughout and after the procedure.
  • INTERVENTION: The purpose is to bring a group of people together who will express their wishes for the patient to enter treatment (or other solution). The right people are identified during the assessment. The best way of expressing wishes and hopes is explained during the preparation. The intervention is a gift procedure to be presented with honor and respect..
  • CASE MANAGEMENT: The case management is a service performed by the intervention specialist after the intervention has been performed. Its chief purpose is to help the family and friends understand the events that occur after the intervention and to help with the transition of treatment and future treatment recommendations.