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How Do I Ask For Help with Addiction?

When it comes to addiction, asking for help is extremely scary. Fear will cripple an addict from seeking treatment and detox. Finding someone to confide in and hoping for a judgment-free conversation is intimidating. Depression and loneliness have become the addict’s only friends. Breaking out of the shell and finding a way to treatment will free the addict from the chains of addiction. The beginning steps are to admit the problem to oneself, admit to another person, and plan a treatment date.

An individual doesn’t always recognize drug and alcohol use is an issue.  Questioning personal actions or having others bring behaviors to attention will open the subject of substance abuse.  Health issues or related problems will continue to get worse until the addict hits rock bottom. Depression and strong emotions can cloud logical thinking.  The addict has to acknowledge and admit addiction has taken control of their life. Facing inner demons in the beginning stages can deter the individual from continuing on the path to finding treatment.  Other people involved in the addict’s life can have an influence.

Once the addict has admitted to themselves drug and alcohol use has control over their life, finding a trustworthy person to confide in will be the next step.  A close friend or relative who doesn’t use drugs or alcohol can help the addict on to the next step. Loneliness is a strong emotion and could prevent the addict from reaching out to anyone close to them.  A hotline or mental health facility would be able to direct the addict on which path to take. An evaluation of the addict’s condition will aid in determining what treatment is needed.

Finding a treatment center and planning a date will encourage the addict to go through with getting sober.  Many roadblocks could appear within the step. A holiday or event where the addict would normally use could deter cooperation with a treatment date.  The individual could find different reasons why the treatment center wouldn’t be a good fit. Rationalizing to avoid uncomfortable situations is a common action with addicts.  Fear of detoxification will also negatively affect how the individual sees treatment. Asking for help getting over the hurdles is not showing weakness. Knowing personal strengths and when to seek assistance is a strong quality to have.  The characteristics prove the addict wants to get better and live a healthier life. Moving in the right direction will be difficult, although completely worth the struggle.

We’re cultivating resilience for lasting wellness. Resilient House offers the highest quality behavioral health treatment to help heal addictions. Bringing together spiritual guides and holistic experts with trained clinicians, our programs are changing lives. Call us today for information: 833-change1 (833-242-6431).