Benefits of Early Identification and Action
There is a myth that people have to “hit bottom” before being able to receive help fighting addictions. It is just that — a myth. The sooner a person can get help with this problem, the better the outcome. Preventive measures, by all means, are the best way to tackle any bad situation, but when the steps have been taken into that spiral world of addiction, early identification is the next best step.
If you catch the problem before anyone has suffered a traumatic event, messed up important relationships, dropped out of school, or lost their job, lost their self-respect or health, you are already a jump ahead of what could have been a major problem. Identification can be done through a screening by a healthcare professional, employee assistance professional, or even a family member. There are times when some people will learn to cut back on their own, but some will need possible treatment and further assessment.