Seeking Help for Addiction: Where to Begin?
Are you questioning your relationship to drugs or alcohol? Do you think you might have addiction or alcoholism? Has the problem passed some kind of threshold where you believe something needs to change?
How do you know if that’s happened? Well, first of all, I would say…you know it’s happened when you’re asking yourself these questions.
Does that mean it’s happened permanently? Does that mean it is exactly the same as your uncle? Maybe not. But you know, when you’re asking that question, the vast majority of the time…you know.
And so it’s not really the right question to ask.
Take Action By Asking Yourself…
What do I do about this?
The hardest part is to be vulnerable enough to pick up the phone and reach out to a friend or relative who’s been through something and say, “Here’s what’s going on. I need help.”
That is by far the hardest part…And there’s a reason why that’s so hard.
Fearing the Next Step…and It’s Okay
It’s not just the vulnerability of being seen in a weak moment. It’s also that some part of you knows that this problem is going to take a lot of work. Fearing taking the first step on a journey that is going to be pretty long and really tough..but it may be the best life decision you ever made.
Of course, you’re not necessarily thrilled about it. You may not even feel like you chose it yourself if family and friends intervened.
…But asking for help is the first step.
Finding Addiction Treatment: What You Should Know
The second piece of that is, how do I find good help?
Nowadays, that’s very difficult. You go on the internet and type keywords in Google…
….Suddenly you have everybody and their mother marketing towards you. They can solve your problems. They’ve got all the solutions.
So I never recommend using the internet–not reviews, not any of this–for choosing the beginning of your recovery.
The Better Way to Find Addiction Treatment
It may take a little more work, but the results can save you a lot of time, money, and disappointment.
You need to look around and see who’s in your community. Start talking to people. Find somebody you trust and then maybe that person knows somebody that they trust. Eventually you can get a firm word on an addiction treatment program that is actually making a difference in people’s lives.
Sure, all this asking around may be uncomfortable…even embarrassing.
Consider attending some AA or NA meetings. The individuals at these meetings know what you are going through–they’re not judging you–they can give you some valuable insights.
Persistence pays off. You’ll connect with someone who’s been to a good treatment program. Or maybe somebody who knows a great addiction therapist, counselor, mentor, case manager, or interventionist…whatever it is you’re looking for.
Now more than ever, I think it is important to seek treatment with a personal recommendation from somebody in your community.
And, of course, always reach out to me and Recover Integrity.
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