Alcohol, opiates, amphetamines—it doesn’t matter your drug of choice. When you get to the point you realize you don’t want to stay on this path, you need to ask for help.
This may not be easy to do. But the good news is, in most cases, family or friends have been waiting for you to make the decision to enter a treatment center. And even if your substance abuse has isolated you from your loved ones, there are alternative ways to seek the help you need to get into a drug or alcohol rehab.
How to Ask for Help
Even if you feel alone, it’s most likely that your friends and family have been hoping and waiting for you to make this decision. Talk to someone you are close to, and share your decision to enter a treatment center. It may be a difficult conversation at first, but you will feel a burden lifted as you speak candidly with a supportive friend or family member.
If you find it just too difficult to bring up the subject, reach out with a letter or an email asking for help. It will open the lines of communication in order to allow you to have the conversation—and get the help you need.
Speak to a Medical Professional
If you can’t connect with a loved one, make an appointment with your doctor. Addiction is a disease, and a medical professional will be able to direct you to the help you need. If you don’t have a doctor, reach out to a medical clinic for assistance in finding a drug rehab or alcohol treatment center.
Call a Hotline
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services offers a 24/7 hotline for questions about substance use disorders, and they can refer you to local sources for information about treatment centers in your area. Call 1-800-622-HELP to start your journey to recovery.
Some insurance companies can also supply information and referrals. If you have insurance coverage, call your provider for direction in finding a suitable rehabilitation center in your network.
You can also reach out to a drug or alcohol rehab or treatment program directly. The trained admissions counselors at Beachside Rehab (866-349-1770) are standing by to walk you through the steps you need to take to find proper help.
Find a Meeting
If you are attending AA or some other support group meeting or church group, speak up about your decision at the meeting. Many of the leaders and members of the group have been right where you are now, and have already navigated the road to proper help.
If you aren’t a member of a support group, check online for their meetings and show up. Speak to the leaders before or after the meeting, and ask for help.
Asking for help for a drug or alcohol problem may seem impossible at first. But once you reach out, you will find that most people will be eager to support you in this decision, and will be happy to assist you in finding the help you need.
Are you ready to ask for help concerning a substance addiction? Looking for an alcohol or drug rehab? Contact our trained admissions counselors at 866-349-1770. They are ready to help you make the next step on your road to recovery.