Vernon Johnson, the founder of the Johnson Institute associated with the Minnesota model of treatment, described the process of intervention that has been widely used in motivating alcoholics-addicts to seek treatment in his books I'll Quit Tomorrow and Intervention: How to Help Someone Who Doesn't Want Help. The Johnson intervention is based on the disease model of addiction. There is a need to forcefully motivate the alcoholic to enter treatment because the alternatives are dire. The Johnson intervention is seen as a dynamic, emotionally charged, confrontation by significant persons in the alcoholic's-addict's life.

The major reason for the need for forcefulness in the Johnson intervention model is the impenetrable denial systems developed by alcoholics-addicts. These denial systems are often used to explain the difficulty of motivating ...

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