Addiction can be a lonely experience. For some people, the only thing more terrifying than addiction itself is the thought of admitting that they have a problem, which means many users struggle for years without ever getting the help they need.
That doesn’t have to be the case. A substance use disorder is a real issue that requires professional help. This help usually requires a detox—and hopefully some sort of stabilization process. But the only way the person can get the help they need is by reaching out for help.
If you are struggling, help for your addiction might only be a phone call away. Here are a few tips that will help you take small steps towards reaching out for help.
1. Admit There Is an Addiction Problem.
This is not the same as acknowledging that something is wrong. Most users know that using drugs is not what they should be doing, but they are also under the impression that it’s something they can handle. They’re not “addicted” as much as they are simply tempted by it, which insinuates they can turn it on or turn it off at will. This leads to a vicious cycle of denying there’s an actual problem when the addiction is otherwise obvious. Admitting that this problem might need outside support is the first step to recovery.
2. Find an Objective Listener.
Talking to a family member or friend can be a great way to begin the conversation about addiction recovery. But this can also be very tough. Some may feel uncomfortable looking a loved one in the eyes and talking about their substance use disorder. To alleviate this, try writing a letter to someone or discussing the matter with a counselor or teacher—someone you know but is not emotionally involved.
3. Find Others Who Have Been There.
No matter what you are addicted to, there are others who have struggled with exactly the same thing. For that reason, finding others that can empathize with your situation will help reduce the stigma associated with addiction. As well they will give you authentic advice and guidance that can help you see things you might currently be unable to see. And in the age of the Internet, finding like-minded groups has never been easier.
4. Talk to a Specialist.
Online articles and different recovery groups can be a huge help in providing someone the support they need to take the first step. But usually, the best and clearest advice comes from a professional. Maybe you have a therapist, a counselor, a doctor, or even a teacher. Find someone who might have information and ask some questions.
If you want to talk to someone without doing so face-to-face, SoCal Detox has specialists available for the public to call and seek more personal help. A call to us is the perfect step to take if you are not sure what the next step is. These confidential conversations provide a wide array of people the direction they need. We are located in San Clemente, California, and our Orange County detox facilities are specially designed to help individuals move through the first step of addiction treatment with the best care possible. And a clear guide to the next step of treatment.
Not sure what the next step is? Call, now: 888-590-0777.