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Science indicates that you shouldn't "Wait for Rock Bottom."

October 12, 2018

Belief in this “rock bottom” can keep people who are struggling from reaching out for help. It can also keep family, friends, and care providers from addressing the issue when they have been wrongly told that the disease has to “run its course” and that they should practice “tough love” until a person hits bottom—when they will be ready and willing to engage in treatment.

But these ideas aren’t backed by science, and not everyone survives the fall.

You shouldn’t wait for the worst to happen—or a profound moment of awakening—before seeking treatment or helping a loved one, even if they don’t feel “ready.” Decades of research has proven that the earlier someone is treated, the better their outcomes and that treatment works just as well for patients who are compelled to start treatment by outside forces as it does for those who are self-motivated to enter treatment.

There is an excellent video that discusses this issue produced by Addiction Policy Forum. Click below for more information.


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