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How Early Should You Intervene in Addiction?

When it comes to addiction, the sooner you intervene the better. The longer you wait, the harder it will be. While you wait for the “right time,” the addiction will become more entrenched and detox will become more difficult. Your loved one will cause more problems in her life and yours. She may lose her job, cause an accident, steal money, or get into legal trouble, all of which will complicate recovery and make it more difficult. The idea that an addict needs to “hit rock bottom” before she can recover is a myth. She only needs to understand that she has a problem and needs treatment. Addicts can often be treated successfully even if they don’t volunteer for treatment.

You can always talk to an addict and try to convince her she needs treatment. This might be your first step. You can let the addict know you care about her and that you are concerned. You can put the idea in her head that people have noticed her behavior and she might have a problem. Keep in mind, though, that addicts are typically the last people to admit they have a problem. It might be obvious to everyone else on the planet and they will continue to deny it. They can also be manipulative. She might try to convince you that she is just having a rough time unrelated to her addiction, or that she will quit on her own with no need for treatment. She might make you feel like you’re imagining the whole thing or that you’ve done something wrong, even that her addiction is your fault.

Addiction distorts the addict’s thinking to the extent that you, alone, probably won’t convince her she needs treatment. You need a team. This is why an intervention is important. You get together with an addiction counselor and a few of the most important people in the addict’s life and you tell her firmly that she has a problem and she needs treatment. Everyone puts together a list of specific incidents when the addict’s drug use caused her to behave destructively. Stick to the facts. Recording as many incidents as you can remember accurately will also strengthen your belief that intervening is the right thing. When faced with overwhelming evidence by people who care about her, the addict may still refuse treatment, but she can no longer pretend she doesn’t have a problem.

If you or someone you love is struggling with addiction, Gardens Wellness Center can help you  detox in a comfortable environment and take advantage of a variety of complementary therapeutic approaches. Call us today at 844-828-1050 or email us at to learn more.