New Approach to Addiction Interventions Aims to Be Less Painful — And More Effective

New Approach to Addiction Interventions Aims to Be Less Painful — And More Effective

Back when Marc Hertz started making his living as an intervention specialist, helping family members convince their reluctant loved ones to enter addiction treatment programs, he often felt conflicted. On the one hand, he truly believed that he was helping people take their first steps toward sobriety. There were too many days, though, when he wondered if he was doing more harm than good. At the time, Hertz followed a style of intervention pioneered in the 1960s by Vernon Johnson of the Johnson Institute, which Hertz said is a “total ambush." "You are pulled out of bed or invited to come upstairs or go...

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