In the United States, for decades, the ARISE method has been used to help addicts to ask for help an expert. This method is already available in Hungary for relatives of addicted patients.
The first Hungarian intervention therapist of the ARISE method was Dénes Dudits. For this reason, we invited him to the roundtable discussion held on January 29, 2018 – to share this method with other Hungarian experts. ARISE is a 3-stage sequence. In the first stage, a phone call is made with relatives who had asked for help, and it is often the case that after such talk they are already able to convince substance abusers to undertake a treatment program. In the second stage, family members, relatives, persons who are important to the addicts and the intervention expert will sit together and follow the principles of the established method. The meeting puts great emphasis on developing a genogram that reveals how affinity for dependency is given among generations, and that addicted person alone is not liable for the addiction. This deprives addicted individual of stigma and also it strengthens other family members. It defines a positive message that can provide strong motivation and commitment to the family that supports addicts. The intervention usually reaches its target and the addict is included in the treatment within 1-2 weeks. The final stage, if needed is when relatives and supporters meet again with the therapist and a significant boundary is established for the addict.
The method includes many family therapies, solution-oriented elements that can be used to work effectively with an intervention therapist. The lecture was followed by a conversation about the information and future possibilities.