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Alcohol and drug interventionists implement new 'McCann Model'

12th April 2012 Print

Sober Services Ltd, a private company that specialise in interventions and bespoke addiction recovery services, has announced a new intervention model, known as the 'McCann Model', that is aiding the recovery of addicts and alcoholics and dispelling the myth that addicts must reach a 'rock bottom' before the healing process can begin.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse defines addiction as "a chronic relapsing brain disease that is characterized by compulsive drug seeking and use, despite harmful consequences". Sober Services Ltd are on hand for those struggling with a friend, family member, or partner for example, who is addicted and does not want help, or says they do but avoids any guidance or assistance. It is at moments like this that an Intervention can be implemented.

The 'McCann Model' is an intervention system that allows the family and friends of an addict to come together under the guidance of a highly skilled Interventionist, who acts as a guide through a series of procedures. Through teamwork and speaking with one prepared voice, family and friends act as a solid unit throughout the intervention, so that the addicted person is left with no doubt that the disease they have can be treated, and that help is at hand.

At Sober Services Ltd, it is not only the addict who is helped, but also the people who are involved in the intervention that also experience a shift in behaviour, understanding and feeling towards the addict. This powerful Intervention model used at Sober Services has been titled 'The McCann Model' after the Senior practitioner and Interventionist John McCann, and is an adaptation from the successful Johnson Model. The Johnson Model is the most well-known model used in the intervention process. The addict is called to a meeting at which time their friends and family confront them about their behaviour, and about how this addiction is causing harm to him/herself and to all the others around them - family, friends, etc. The participants are to offer their full support to the addict should they agree to accept the help being offered i.e. go through some form of predetermined treatment. However, there is also a boundary out in place highlighting what will happen if the addict refuses this help. The strategy here is to pull the addict out of his/her self-denial and see directly what their addiction is doing to their loved ones. An interventionist steers and oversees this process throughout.

Whilst this method can work well for some addicts, it has the potential to cause severe problems. Confrontational models like the Johnson Model don't always work, and the usage of shame and pressure could cause more harm than good, including relapse or forcing the addict to cease all contact with family. The introduction of the McCann Model negates any issues like this.

The McCann Model is proving hugely successful, offering a level of family support for those suffering with an addicted loved one. This model of intervention uses advanced processes that involve loving family, friends, and even colleagues coming together to deal with an addicted loved one in a loving way, so that the addicted person and the family get the help they all need.

Sober Services Ltd has been rolling out their successful Sober Interventions and many of their other services right across Europe and African continents, and are also experienced in the Middle East, Indian Sub Continent and other parts of Asia.

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