Motivational Intervention

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Motivational Intervention


Motivational intervention may not be a popular modality for most intervention professionals, however; it has become the modality of choice for some. For many years, after the inception and creation of the Johnson Model of Intervention, in the 1960’s by Dr. Vernon Johnson, most if not the majority of interventionist available today use the specific training and techniques of this model. Widely accepted throughout the intervention industry as the most successful type of intervention, families far and wide seek help thorough a Johnson Model trained interventionist. Dr. Johnson was a firm believer that the commonly referred to phrase of ‘rock bottom” might mean death to many addicts and he was right, thus he created an intervention model that could be used to help addicted people seek treatment.

Since that time, other modalities have come to light. Truthfully, each interventionist has their own “style” of intervention whether they employ the Johnson Model of Intervention or another more personally fitting modality. Motivational Intervention has come to the forefront for Angel Intervention Services as a safe and effective form of intervention and we employ this model whenever possible. Here’s why:

  • Motivation is key to change
  • Motivation is interactive
  • Motivation can be modified
  • Motivation focuses on the client’s strengths rather than their weaknesses
  • The interventionist’s “style” can influence client motivation
  • Motivation employs empathy as a driving factor over power or authority
  • Motivational approaches build on the idea’s a client has about getting sober
  • Motivational approaches help to build the “desire” to enter treatment


Research over the last 15 years has focused on ways to better motivate substance using clients to initiate and continue substance abuse treatment. Through motivational intervention an environment can be facilitated to assist the shift of control from family members, directly onto the client. As clients realize that they can take responsibility for their actions and assert some from of control to a probable “out of control” addiction and subsequent life, they become more willing to enter treatment.


Angel Intervention Services, whenever possible employs the Motivational Intervention method. We believe in and support strengths counseling processes through intervention and the continuum of care through long-term monitoring and case management. If you, a family member or loved one needs assistance in seeking treatment, we can help you.  Please call today.

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