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Product Details

  • Paperback: 116 pages
  • Publisher: Hazelden (July 1, 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0935908315
  • ISBN-13: 978-0935908312
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 5.6 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #241,499 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Vernon E. Johnson, D.D. is the Founder of the Johnson Institute and former faculty member of Rutgers University Summer School for Alcohol Studies.

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This book is about as good as it gets.
John Wilson
I would recommended this book for anyone needing to conduct an intervention but cannot afford to hire an mutual third party Intervenor.
CD
This book is short, concise and to the point.
Charles Bartlett

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 13, 2002
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This gives a good overview of alcoholism and the general technique of intervention. The author makes it quite clear that families can intervene on an alcoholic without using a professional in many cases. This is important for families who do not have the money to hire a professional. But I found that the book does not give a great deal of detailed instruction on how to carry out an intervention. I think, after having done a intervention on someone in my husband's family, the book oversimplifies the whole process. There are many issues that cropped up for us that the book did not cover. While this book is worth reading, it is not the best I've read when it comes to giving practical, detailed advice on actually doing the intervention.
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44 of 50 people found the following review helpful By heavens@pacbell.net on January 23, 1999
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This one gets right to the point in teaching, advising and coaching through an intervention in chemical dependency (alcohol, drugs). The advice is sound and rings true throughout. A light is shown into the darkness of the disease and it's effects on everyone, friends, family, co-workers and employers. With 20 million addicted people and a minimum of 4 others being affected by them, this book could serve as an eye-opener for a lot of people. This nugget only takes about an hour to read.
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30 of 35 people found the following review helpful By rodboomboom HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on February 1, 2001
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Sub-titles say what this book provides: How to help someone who doesn't want help! "for families and friends of chemically dependent persons."
Step by step led help to do this necessary but difficult process. Ends with a most useful "intervention scenario" with also the strong admonition to "seek professional aid" when dealing with cases involving mental illness, violence, etc.
Short, concise, yet jam full of what you'll need to have prepared for, thought through and rehearsed.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Rob on July 30, 2006
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This book is pretty good. But when I went shopping for a professional interventionist, every one I interviewed suggested that I read the book "Love First." I've read both, but Love First really lays out the whole process in detail and takes you through it step by step. And yes, the intervention was successful. Thank God!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By T.D. on February 6, 2007
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My father almost drank himself to death,literally. My sister and I decided on an intervention and knowing my dad knew we couldn't have a stranger present...so it was up to us to plan an intervention that he would "hear".

This book literally gave me the "know how" to plan the intervention. More importantly it gave me an understanding of how someone becomes an alcoholic in straightforward terms that made sense, not just to me but to my sister and aunt who I insisted read this manual as well.

If you have someone in your life that needs your help...Vernon Johnson's "Intervention" is an outstanding place to start!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 23, 1999
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This one gets right to the point in teaching, advising and coaching through an intervention in chemical dependency (alcohol, drugs). The advice is sound and rings true throughout. A light is shown into the darkness of the disease and it's effects on everyone, friends, family, co-workers and employers. With 20 million addicted people and a minimum of 4 others being affected by them, this book could serve as an eye-opener for a lot of people. This nugget only takes about an hour to read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rita Kennedy on January 7, 2009
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The book "Intervention" is excellent. In the first part of the book the progression of addiction is explained in detail, and how and why it is so diffucult for an addict to stop using. In addition it explains in detail the things that relatives and friends of addicts do to enable the addict, thus preventing him from reaching the decision to stop using.
In the second part it explains how the addict does not have to necessarily reach a 'bottom' before deciding to seek help, and how a loving intervention on the part of friends and family of an alcoholic can convince the addict to seek recovery. An intervention is like a mirror that is lovingly placed in front of the addict to help her see herself with the eyes of the loved ones and of the reality of her situation. The book explains how to do an intervention, either by yourselves or with the help of a professional interventionist. I love this book, and we are going to organize an intervention ourselves in behalf of my daughter. Here is another useful book on this subject:
[[ASIN:1592856616 Love First: A Family's Guide to Intervention
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By George Kangas on February 14, 2007
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Outstanding. A huge help. A must read for anyone with an alcoholic in the family.
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