How to Ask for Help with Addiction

in Addiction
Olivia Pennelle
Published Feb 10, 2021
help with addiction

Struggling with addiction can be all consuming. What’s key is that you’ve realized you need help, and you are looking for ways to find that help. Or you could be a loved one seeking resources for a family member or partner. Either way, help is available!

Ways to ask for help

Whether you are drinking or taking drugs every day, or binge-drinking on weekends, that doesn’t invalidate your need for help. If you feel that your use has become a problem, acknowledging that is the first step.

There are a number of ways you might want to approach seeking help, such as:

  1. Talk to someone you trust. It’s important to acknowledge that some people find it easier to communicate in certain ways. For example, speaking to someone might be easier than writing a letter, and vice-versa. In this instance, speaking to a loved one, or close friend about your addiction might be a helpful way to take the next step in seeking help.
  2. Write a letter or email. As mentioned above, some prefer writing over having a conversation. In this way, it might be easier to compose your thoughts on paper/the computer. Seeing the problem in black and white may also help to gain some clarity around how addiction is impacting your life and your desire for help.
  3. Seek out a therapist. A therapist can help you to come to terms with the impact your drinking and drug use is having on your life. Addiction places a strain on relationships, work/life balance, and stress levels. A therapist can help direct you to solutions that meet your individual needs and recovery goals, whether that is seeking addiction treatment or implementing harm reduction practices.
  4. Speak to a medical professional/addiction treatment. Medical detox and addiction treatment facilities are particularly helpful with overcoming addiction because they have the expertise to help safely detox individuals. These facilities can also assist you in developing coping strategies to prevent relapse and identify next steps in your recovery.
  5. Call a helpline. A helpline can be particularly helpful because you can speak to an impartial person who can give you objective information and advice. There are a range of helplines available, which we have listed below.
  6. Find online resources. There are a range of online resources from meetings to treatment locators. We have listed these below.
  7. Go to a meeting. Mutual-aid meetings, like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA), SMART Recovery, LifeRing, or Recovery Dharma, are a great way to connect with others who are trying to overcome addiction. Peer support has been particularly helpful for many people seeking long-term recovery. We have listed online recovery meeting resources below.

Helping a family member with addiction

Helping a loved one with addiction can be a challenging process. You may feel frustrated, worried, or confused about what to do for the best. Don’t worry. There is plenty of support and help available. We’ve listed key ways to help a loved one with addiction.

  • Educate yourself about addiction. Substance use disorder is a complex medical condition that is often highly stigmatized. Having a better understanding of how addiction manifests itself, might enable you to be more compassionate and understanding about the challenges of this condition. See below for a list of educational resources.
  • Offer your support. Sometimes, the best thing you can do is offer a shoulder to cry on, or compassionate ear to listen to your loved one’s struggle. Non-judgmental support is critical for people with addiction in seeking help.
  • Take care of yourself. Supporting a loved one through addiction can take its toll on your mental health and well-being. It’s important to ensure that you take care of yourself through this process, too. We’ve listed some helpful resources for friends and family of those struggling with addiction.

Addiction Resources

There are many ways to find recovery — you can find a comprehensive list in our blog, Pathways of Recovery — however, we have listed key resources below.

  • Sources of education
  • Pathways of recovery
  • Online recovery support
    • Recovery meetings
    • Recovery coaching
      • Tommy Rosen’s Recovery 2.0 is providing online meetings led by recovery coaches.
    • Sober networks
      • RecoveryLink provides digital recovery support, including meetings, yoga, meditation, and movement.
      • Sobergrid offers a sober network of support.
      • Reddit Recovery offers message boards and a virtual support hangout.
    • Recovery exercise
      • The Phoenix is offering online CrossFit classes. Link here.
    • Helplines
      • SAMHSA National Helpline (link)
      • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (link)
      • SAMHSA Treatment Locator for Behavioral Health Treatment Services (link)
      • SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline (link)
    • Family and friends support
Clinical recovery options

Gallus Medical Detox Centers are certified ASAM Level III 7D Medically Monitored Inpatient Detoxification Facilities. We are also accredited by the Joint Commission, which reflects our expertise and clinical excellence. Gallus offers the comfort of a residential addiction treatment center, but with the clinical expertise that is far superior to most medical detox centers. We know that each patient has unique medical and personal needs, which is why we provide a personalized service that emphasizes medical safety, outstanding professional expertise, evidence-based protocols—all without sacrificing our patients’ dignity and comfort.

The key features of our medical detox center include:

  • 24/7 medical supervision
  • Individual treatment plans
  • Adjustments to treatment plans to suit our patients needs
  • Psychological, physical, and social assessments
  • IV Therapy Program
  • Cardiac telemetry and video technology
  • An individual recovery plan identifying resources and next steps toward a long-term recovery
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How to Help a Family Member with Addiction

 

Pathways of Recovery

 

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At Gallus Medical Detox Centers, we bring compassion to the commotion. Peace to the pain. Empowerment to the powerless. If you or someone you know needs support with addiction problems, bring us your battle. Call us today and take the best, first step towards recovery: (702) 704-1432.