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Early Intervention Can Make All the Difference

June 12, 2018

Difficult conversations are just that – difficult. Trying to talk to someone about a destructive habit ranks as one of the most uncomfortable conversations to have. We know there is a difference between abuse and addiction and that abuse can lead to addiction. However, if you can intervene with a loved one before they become addicted, you might just be saving a life.

What does early intervention mean?

Intervention is an action taken to improve a situation. In the case of substance abuse, early intervention requires a conversation with your loved one as soon as you recognize a sign or symptom of abuse.

Here are some warning signs:

  • Changes in routine
  • Engaging in suspicious behaviors
  • Sudden weight loss or weight gain
  • Changes in appetite
  • Lack of motivation
  • Unexplained personality alterations

Intervention is tough for all parties involved, but the sooner you can discuss your concern, the better.

When you’re talking with them, use ‘I’ statements, explaining how their behavior has affected you and made you feel. For more information, read this blog about intervention.

According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, after an intervention occurs 38% of individuals may not be ready to stop using while another 13% don’t even know where to go for treatment.

At CADS, we’re here to help reduce those numbers. We encourage you to talk to your loved one as soon as you sense something is not right. Walk them through our online assessment and then get a hold of us at CADS, 563-326-1150.

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