Whether it's you or your loved one that needs drug addiction help NOW, these five steps may help you to get the ball rolling towards controlling your addiction. Drug addiction is defined as a chronic disease of the brain that is often fatal if left untreated. So the purpose of these steps is to get the treatment for the addiction started ASAP!
There are many free, confidential groups available and you need to find one today and start working the 12-step program. That's it. Just go and begin to work the steps. This has proven to be the most useful and helpful thing you can do to get drug addiction help NOW.
Addiction is defined as an incurable disease of the brain and when you or your loved one uses drugs/alcohol it changes the brain chemistry in dangerously negative ways. Working the 12-steps facilitates changing the brain chemistry back to how it was before the drug or alcohol was used. There is an excellent saying in AA, "The 12-steps work if you work them!"
If you are a family member or loved one of an addict, you also need to join a support group and begin working the 12-steps today. If you are willing to do the hard work necessary to work the steps, it will significantly increase the likelihood of success for your loved. You can work together to move past this awful disease.
It goes without saying that your local hospital is an expert on alcohol and drug addiction. Every day they treat overdoses and other health issues caused by addiction. That's what makes them such an excellent resource for you. You can go to them (through your local emergency room) to find out how to get medically supervised, “SAFE” withdrawal support and also discover what local ongoing treatment options are available for you. This is something you can do right now!
We have a third-party service that answers phone calls and helps you figure out what you should do. Whatever your needs and preferences, they will try to find the right fit for you. Some of the third party services include:
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Why do you believe you need drug addiction help now? It may seem obvious, but actually creating a list of what needs to change in your life, can really help you get started on the road to addiction recovery. What isn't working in your life? What will happen if you don't get help?
Get a paper and pencil and write it down. Writing down everything that has been taken away by the addiction can initiate the change process. It is important to remember that in order to end your addiction, you must change. Consider how your life could be different if you weren't suffering from the disease of addiction. This should help you to begin to cultivate the motivation required for the changes you need to make.
This step may not seem as useful as the other steps, but it can be extremely beneficial. Much research has been done on why and how people change (end their addiction) and starting with an honest list of the pros and cons of changing, will allow you to begin to discover what's holding you back.
For example, many people who are alcoholic say, “I know I shouldn't drink so much but it's the only way I can calm down enough to sleep”. So the first pro they should list is that alcohol helps them to sleep. However, they also need to list the cons of drinking as well. An example of a con might be”My dad was an alcoholic and died very early with liver problems, I'm afraid my drinking is going to cause me to die early.”
Making an exhaustive pros and cons list of why you drink/use and how it's harming you, may help you to formulate a plan to make the changes necessary to transition out of your addiction. Give it a try!