The Best Ways to Ask for Help with Addiction

asking for help when addicted to drugs

We Understand the pain of being an addict and the problems they face in asking for the help. Asking for the help when you are an addict is not an easy task and under this tremendous pressure people are likely to fall pray to addiction and give up. There are many instances when people have drugs in their hands and they think about getting the help regarding Drug Abuse as well at them same time. But in reality , Getting the Help When You are an Addict is not difficult after all. Below mentioned are the few ways you can ask for help when you are a drug addict.

  1. Collect your thoughts and write an email to the right person. Because once you do that , there is no turning back
  2. Take an appointment with a Drug Rehab Professional. Meet him and pour your heart out in front of him
  3. There are a lot of online communities where you can connect with people going through the same stuff and with professionals as well
  4. Look for someone who has suffered from the same addiction problem. Ask them what it was like to ask for  the help for the first time.
  5. Everyone has that trustworthy friend in his/her life. Go and meet that friend and discuss your problem. We are sure you will come out with some solution

What is Addiction?

When we think of drug addiction, we often think of the worst forms of it. It can be easy to judge, or ridicule someone for having an addiction as we seem to forget that substance use disorder is a mental health disorder and often times requires treatment. According to statistics from Addiction Center, nearly 21 million Americans have at least one addiction and yet as little as 10% of those battling this disorder ever seek treatment. If addiction affects such a large amount of the nation’s population, why are so few people seeking treatment?

Removing Labels by Educating

Addiction/Substance Abuse disorder, just like most mental health disorders, have several misconceptions and stereotypes that most people seem to believe, unless properly educated. We live in a society that loves to place labels on others, especially negative ones. We hear terms such as druggy, lowlife, junkie, etc. to describe those with addictions before we even try to learn what may have led them to that lifestyle.

When we place such negative labels and assume the worst of those who struggle with addiction, it is not hard to imagine why they avoid asking for help. But what if we, as a society, educated ourselves on substance use disorders and addiction and the best ways to provide help and resources to those battling this disorder? What if we collectively build a safe space for these individuals to ask for and seek out the help they deserve?

How Do I Ask for Help with Addiction?

If you feel your addiction has taken over and is controlling your life, it IS time to ask for help. Admitting you have a problem is the first step. Acknowledge your addiction and ask for help. If you have someone in your life who you can talk to about your addiction (family member, friend, coworker, colleague, etc.) reach out. If anything, this person can guide you in the right direction as to where you can get the necessary help for your recovery.

Of course, however, we do not all have a support system in our lives that we can reach out to for help. Another option may be entering into one of the many addiction rehab centers that can be found a location near you. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration [SAMHSA] National Helpline (1-800-622-4357) can assist with locating the best rehab centers near you. There are rehab centers located all throughout the nation and each have different financial payment options. SAMHSA can help you find an affordable program for your specific addiction.

SAMHSA can also help to locate other Addiction Treatment Centers or Programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous or opioid addiction centers. Sites such as Addiction Center and National Institute of Drug Abuse also serve as excellent resources to gather more information about your specific addiction and options for treatment and recovery.

How to Talk to Someone with an Addiction

Addiction holds many negative connotations, therefore when talking to someone with an addiction it is crucial that we remain nonjudgmental and meet the individual where they are in their recovery and readiness to change process. Our goal should be to provide them with a safe space to speak about their addiction and provide them with resources to receive help. We want them to feel listened to and heard and not blamed, shamed, or criticized about their addiction. We must have compassion and a desire to understand the person with an addiction as this can help build trust which can eventually lead to providing more support and resources for treatment.

Remember, Addiction is a Disorder and a disorder is an illness that disrupts normal life. Substance use disorder is a mental health disorder and most likely there are co-occurring disorders involved such as anxiety or depression. When talking to someone with an addiction, allow the person involved to do most of the talking. Try to understand their story and reasons that may have led them to this addiction. Listen to understand, not just to respond.

Tips for Helping Someone with an Addiction

Unless you have dealt with an addiction yourself, it can feel difficult to try to provide help with someone battling this disorder. Remember that all you need to do is help them find the professional help they need. Simply start by educating yourself on substance use disorders. This will allow you to begin gathering information on how to be there for someone with an addiction as well as different addiction treatment centers based on the individual’s specific addiction. You can use the site SAMHSA to locate some of the best rehab centers or other treatment programs near the individual with the addiction. It is important to remain compassionate and kind while engaging with someone with an addiction, however boundaries should still be in place. Addiction is a very serious illness and can cause a person to act in ways that are out of normal character. Setting boundaries will show the individual that you are here to help them seek help and not enable the addiction further.

What to Avoid when Talking to a Loved One About Addiction

When talking to a loved one about their addiction, you should avoid:

  • Using blaming or criticizing language.
  • Making the individual feel threatened or as if they are in any sort of trouble.
  • Pushing or forcing them into treatment.

Addiction and substance Abuse Disorder is a very serious condition and can sometimes lead to fetal outcomes. If you are battling an addiction or know someone who is, contact us now at  1-877-446-0972 to learn about a variety of recovery resources available to you. Nobody should have to go through addiction alone!

References

1. Addiction Center. (2021). Addiction statistics: Statistics on addiction in America.

2. https://www.samhsa.gov/find-treatment

3. National Institute on Drug Abuse

What to expect coming into an inpatient treatment facility?

What is Inpatient Treatment?

Inpatient Treatment refers to medical treatment that is provided in a hospital or facility that requires at least one overnight stay. With outpatient treatment, patients receive medical services performed in an office-based setting or clinic. Roughly 21 million Americans have at least one addiction, but only about 10% of them receive treatment. Here’s five things you can expect when checking into an inpatient rehab facility.

  1. First, you will be searched upon entry of the facility, both body and luggage. Before you fill out any paperwork, a male or female staff member is required to do a physical search of your clothes and check to make sure no drugs or paraphernalia are being smuggled in. This is for the safety of both the patient admitting and the current residents of the house. Next, the clothes you packed will be put through the washer and dryer. Any dangerous contraband and personal items including cell phone, keys, wallet etc. will be placed into your personal bin, which is locked inside the staff office.
  2. Then you will begin signing the intake paperwork which includes various consents to treatment, financial agreements, medical assessments, program rules and expectations, and releases of information for any friends or family members. Legally, these documents must be signed during the time of admission in order to participate in the program.
  3. Next, you will be allowed one “safe call” to either a friend or family, to let them know you made it in safely. You will be placed on a 3-day blackout period which means no phone privileges. Most treatment centers do not allow cell phone use, house phone is available during allotted times. This policy is in place, so patients are not distracted by outside issues while they receive treatment.
  4. After you have finished intake, staff will show you to the room you are assigned to. At first, you will usually be put in the detox room so staff can monitor your symptoms more closely. After you complete the detox portion of the program, generally 3-5 days, when you feel more stable you will move to a residential room where you will stay for the duration of your stay.
  5. Within the first 24 hours of admission, you will be seen by the nurse for another medical assessment than to the Doctor’s office for a complete physical and full medical and mental evaluation. The doctor will prescribe standard medications for discomfort along with a 5-7-day medication taper to slowly help you detox. The doctor may order labs and tests based on your health history.

When all is said and done, you will be encouraged to rest, eat, and drink lots of water. In the first couple days you may feel intense withdrawal symptoms like anxiety and discomfort, which is normal for any kind of medical detox. Once your body starts to recover and you finish detoxing, you will meet with your primary therapist and case manager. At residential, you will be expected to attend all group activities including psychotherapy groups, drug and alcohol education, individual therapy, 12 step meetings, yoga/meditation, breathwork, relapse prevention, case management, daily living skills, exercise and chores.

A lot of times people do not stay sober on their first attempt, which is why it is highly recommended to follow the treatment plan your case manager determines based on your needs.

The clinical team will always strongly suggest you enroll in an Outpatient Program and stay in a sober living environment. 30 days in treatment will not cure a life-long battle with drugs or alcohol, it will get you physically sober and mentally stronger. The journey to recovery never ends, you will need to treat this disease every day which in the rooms they say, “it’s a daily reprieve”. By surrounding yourself with people that are positive influences and support your new lifestyle in time, you will begin to feel a sense of safety in the community of 12 step programs. There are many other non 12 step recovery modalities which some people prefer rather than anonymous programs, which are also available.

Let’s get real here, I often hear “relapse is a part of recovery”, which essentially is true however, it doesn’t have to be. Getting sober is easy, most addicts and alcoholics know what it feels like to be sick. Most wake-up every day, sweating, shaking, ready to throw up feeling sick and tired of being sick and tired. It gets to a point where you feel as if your underwater and coming up for air is getting drunk or using, trapped within a prison of your own distorted thinking. There are lots of ways we can “get sober”, whether you do it for family, court system, significant other, kids or yourself which they say “whatever gets you here” but I was always taught, “it’s what keeps you coming back”. When you finally hit that point to where the pain is greater than the fear of changing, you’re ready to take the next step. For many of us this includes checking into detox. Most require the structure, safety and support that Inpatient Treatment offers. We may have used alone, and so the isolation of addiction creates however, we cannot recover alone. Many of us have tried to do this on our own on either a couch, mom’s house, county jail, 51/50, sitting in a car, in a garage, whatever your bottom looks like try and find the similarities rather than the differences. Because pain is the touchstone of spiritual growth.