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Early Intervention

Early intervention is critical. A drug addict usually does not know he is out of control, or he will not admit it. His own habits may seem perfectly "normal" when compared to his peers, so the objective feedback of friends and family members can help him see his behavior is anything but normal. Early intervention is a good way to provide support while letting the addict know he has a problem.

Counselors used to think that drug addicts had to bottom out before they were able to accept help. Now, however, early intervention is thought to be the best recourse when a friend or family member develops a drug habit. Early drug intervention helps the addict recognize the seriousness of his problem.

The goal of early intervention is to help the addict understand that others are aware of his drug problem. During an early intervention, the drug addict is exposed to the reality of his situation so that he can truly understand that his drug habit is dangerous and potentially fatal. Early intervention can show the addict that his drug problem is having an adverse effect on his friendships, family relationships and work or school performance. By using non-judgmental, non-critical language and putting forth sympathy, firmness and the offer to help, early intervention can motivate a drug addict to seek professional help.

If the intervention is successful, the drug addict will admit he has a drug problem and agree to seek help. Because drug addiction is a disease that must be treated with medical intervention, it is important to have a good drug rehab center in mind prior to beginning the early intervention.

If drug addiction might be a problem for you or someone you love, we encourage you to give Treatment Referral a call today to learn more about treatment options.


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