The need for early intervention

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So what happens if we don't get early intervention and rehab? We have a bit like a golden hour. We need to see people immediately because the brain wants to recover. Every day that we lose for not having rehab adds on another two or three days at the end of it. Some people aren't referred to rehab for six to eight months, therefore, their recovery time is going to be extended by at least a year, 18 months. That's very costly. It's costly for the family because in those six months with no help people get frustrated, they might even regress and be at a worse starting place when they go into rehab than if they had it immediately. The family might have given up and walked away by that time. The family will be in crisis, so maybe the children have been taken into care, the person will have lost their job. Huge, huge costs to society. It would take that person much longer to get back into work. They'll be on benefits longer. So rather than paying taxes because they're at work, they'll be taking benefits instead. But for the person themselves, it's really frustrating that they could be better, they could have improved, if only they had had that help.

We'll plea that people are given the rehab as early as possible so they do not get into crisis. We need to do crisis prevention rather than waiting for things to get really bad.