Preventative Treatment and Early Intervention
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What Is Prevention and Early Intervention?
Prevention and early intervention are strategies put in place in order to help prevent addiction or relapse from occurring, as well as help provide treatment as soon as possible for those that need it.
Most addiction treatment and therapy programs will help patients learn about potential risks that could cause a relapse. This helps to self-manage during addiction recovery. Other resources, like having a relapse prevention plan, are helpful so someone knows what to do if they think they’re about to relapse after rehab.1
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Why Early Intervention is Crucial When Treating Addiction
Substance Abuse and Early Intervention
The early stages of substance abuse can consist of things like:
- Peer pressure
- Experimenting with different substances
- Being surrounded by high amounts of drug or alcohol abuse
- Misusing prescription medications
Types of Preventive Healthcare
- Your annual checkup
- Cancer screenings
- Childhood immunizations
- Adult immunizations
- Your yearly flu shot
Understanding Preventative Healthcare
Like general preventative healthcare, preventive treatment in addiction will consist of regular appointments or meetings to manage your recovery. This involves therapy sessions, support group meetings, or checking in with treatment professionals. It may also consist of checking in with your current coping mechanisms and re-evaluating them if they no longer are serving you well. Your therapist can help you figure out what works for you and what you may have to change.
How Do You Know What Preventive Care You Need and When?
Now that you know what preventative care is in addiction, you’re probably wondering what type of preventive care you need and when you need it. Often, if you’ve gone through a recovery program for addiction, the treatment center should be able to provide you with guidelines for relapse prevention and an aftercare program.3
What’s the Difference Between Preventive Care and Diagnostic Care?
On the other hand, diagnostic care is usually sought out when someone is experiencing the negative effects of an addiction or health issue. Diagnostic care provides a full diagnosis of a problem that is occurring. In addiction treatment, diagnostic care would involve meeting with a medical professional to see if you have a diagnosable substance use disorder.4
Benefits of Early Intervention
Leads to Positive Long-Term Effects
Maintains Healthier Influences and Environments
Improves Life-Course Trajectory
Prevents Long-Term Physical Side Effects
Make Effective Changes to the Family Support System
Shift Life Focus to Healthier Alternatives
What Are Some Strategies You Can Use in Order to Prevent Addiction?
- Understand how substance abuse develops
- Avoid temptation and peer pressure
- Seek help for mental illness
- Examine the risk factors
- Keep a well-balanced life
Find Out More About Preventative Treatment & Early Intervention at Profound
Profound can help if you want to learn more about preventative treatment and early intervention. Profound is a treatment center for drug and alcohol abuse. All of our treatment programs are evidence-based and can be made to fit your needs. With the help of our knowledgeable and friendly staff every step of the way, you won’t have to go through struggles with addiction alone.
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