Addiction is a progressive disease, which is why early intervention is ideal. This can be difficult because substance abuse problems are hard to identify. Addiction is a cunning disease, and the signs are often subtle. According to the 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 20.3 million Americans age 12 and older had a substance use disorder related to drugs or alcohol. If your loved one is showing any of the following signs, it may be time to intervene:

  • Does your loved one have difficulty moderating or quitting drug or alcohol use?
  • Has your loved one ever lied about using?
  • Has your loved suffered consequences because of drinking or using drugs?
  • Does your loved one get defensive when confronted about using?
  • Has your loved one experienced financial difficulties from drinking or using?

Why Early Intervention is Important

Scientific studies show us that addiction is, in fact, a disease. It’s a powerful mental illness listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM). This manual helps doctors, therapists and other mental health professionals properly diagnose mental illnesses. The studies also show that when a person continues to drink or use, the habit is much harder to break.

Much like cancer or diabetes, there are different levels of addiction severity. Additionally, like other potentially fatal illnesses, it’s easier to recover from addiction in its early progression. When a person continues to use, the habit cements into memory, leading to compulsive behavior. There’s much more hope for recovery by finding help for your loved one early.

How to Approach a Loved One

Many users lack self-awareness as well. Often, your loved one doesn’t know how severe the addiction is. By approaching your loved one in a casual setting and bringing up an addiction treatment program, you can help. In the early stages, an informal intervention can work wonders. If needed, qualified addiction therapy can follow.

After Early Intervention, Go To Therapy

After an early intervention, it’s time for an addiction treatment program, including therapy. One form of therapy used at addiction treatment centers are evidenced-based therapies, of which the main subtype is behavioral therapy. In behavioral therapy, a professional guides you in understanding and then changing the negative thoughts behind addictive behaviors. The objective of behavioral therapy is turning positive thoughts from sessions into enduring habits for you to follow.

The other main type of therapy is holistic therapy, which includes massage, expressive arts, and meditation. Unlike evidence-based psychotherapy, holistic healing focuses on participating in positive experiences. In holistic therapy, patients express themselves and calm their minds in order to overcome the psychological roots of addiction.

Therapies offered at Serenity Lodge drug addiction treatment centers include, but aren’t limited to:

Getting Help for Addiction

If your loved one has an addiction problem, Serenity Lodge can help. Our facility uses different forms of psychotherapy to overcome addiction. We are a men’s rehab which provides an amenity-rich facility including a pool, sauna, golf course, and more. Call us today at 855.932.4045 for more information about planning an intervention.