This woman praying for an early intervention and the man behind simply annoyed.Given enough time, addiction will always lead to total devastation for the individual who loses control. Prison, insanity or death are what awaits the person who fails to get help. You can avoid this fate by having an early intervention for your loved one.

As a loved one with a vested interest in your family member’s life, you do have the ability to make a difference. An early intervention could be all it takes to save a life and stop an addiction before it’s too late.

When is Early Intervention Possible?

It’s never too early for an intervention if you believe your loved one is using/abusing drugs and/or alcohol. If you notice the signs of addiction, it is time to get professional help. In fact, the sooner you show your concern for altered behavior, the better.

The key to an early intervention is recognition of the signs of addiction. While the signals may vary based on the substance in question, any radical change in a loved one’s behavior should strike a chord and raise concern. Awareness is the key. It’s also important to not be afraid of stepping forward and show concern. Any hesitation on your part will give your loved one more time to get deeper in their cycle of abuse.

Some of the early signs of addiction include the following:

  • A general withdrawal from family and friends
  • A change in appearance, generally looking unkept
  • A lack of financial resources due to expenditures for drugs/alcohol
  • The sudden loss of employment
  • Secrecy and suspicious behavior

Any combination of these or other sudden changes in your loved one’s life should serve as notice that an intervention may be needed.

The Purpose of an Early Intervention

When fighting addiction, people will pull away and eliminate access to themselves by family and friends. An early intervention is designed to serve as a wake-up call. The act of you and other friends and family coming together in a united group will help expose the depth of concern among the people who should matter the most.

The key to a good early intervention is staying supportive without being accusatory. Everyone should be focused on sharing their concerns and offering support for whatever issues might be playing a part in the addictive behavior. Without being confrontational, the conversation should be handled in a constructive manner. Handwritten letters and well-planned speeches are wonderful communication tools for expressing these types of concerns.

Directing the Individual Towards Treatment

The end goal of any intervention should be pointing the subject towards treatment. Here at Beaches Recovery in Jacksonville, Florida, our effectiveness with treatment is greatly improved when an early intervention is able to stop an addiction cold in its tracks. Our ability to begin the treatment process while the patient is still in their right mind makes a material difference.

When your loved one enters treatment, we will devise a treatment plan around one of the following methodologies:

In all cases, our efforts will be directed at helping the patient, your loved one, stop their addictive behavior and find the road to a lasting recovery.

If you would like more information about interventions and our treatment programs, we encourage you to contact us as soon as possible at 866-605-0532. Our counselors and clinicians at Beaches Recovery are prepared to help you help your loved one stop the cycle of addiction before it’s too late. The earlier you move forward with an intervention, the earlier we can get started on the treatment process.