Are you, a close friend, or a family member struggling with drug or alcohol addiction? It can be a difficult problem to accept, but it is possible to overcome addiction with the right tools, resources, and support from both loved ones and professionals. From medical attention to guided treatment and support groups, there are many places to seek help and establish a lasting commitment to recovery.
Where to Seek Help and Support
If you or a loved one are struggling with alcohol or drug addiction, the best thing to do is seek professional medical support by starting the search for a specialist. If this is not a viable first choice, there are several other ways to start on the path to recovery.
- Trusted Family Physicians and Local Hospitals
Family physicians and medical professionals at local hospitals are trusted sources of information in the community who listen to the concerns patients have about their health and well-being and can provide tools to educate and help them recover. Family physicians and hospital staff can refer people struggling with addiction to local medical treatment, support groups and other resources.
- SAMHSA National Helpline and Other Hotlines
If you or a loved one feels uncomfortable about seeking help through a doctor or does not have a family physician, confidential hotlines like SAMHSA’s National Helpline provide free, round-the-clock treatment referral and information services to transfer and connect callers with the help they need.
- Church Ministers and Other Faith Community Leaders
For those involved in a local religious community or passionate about their faith, approaching a local religious community leader, such as a church minister, may be a comfortable option for seeking help. Faith leaders can offer those struggling with addiction a more personal approach by incorporating faith-based resources and practices into their support plan.
Joining a Support Group
Many people find support groups to be a helpful way of dealing with addiction and holding themselves accountable during tough times. In a support group, members meet regularly and work together to overcome their weaknesses, share their strengths, and fight addiction in themselves or in family members, often through step-by-step recovery systems. While there are many different types of support groups for drug and alcohol addiction, the below is a short list of some popular programs.
- Alcoholism Recovery: Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)
Run by those who have struggled with alcohol addiction themselves, Alcoholics Anonymous teaches members how to achieve long-term sobriety through a 12-step process that provides knowledge and support for those recovering from alcohol addiction.
- Families and Friends: Al-Anon & Alateen
Al-Anon and Alateen are programs that help families and friends manage or recover from the effects of someone close to them struggling with alcoholism. Through both in-person and virtual meetings, members discuss their experiences and apply Al-Anon principles to encourage positive change.
- Non-Religious: Secular Organizations for Sobriety (SOS)
A nonprofit network of anonymous support groups, SOS helps members deal with drug, alcohol and food addiction. Local programs in the network use the SOS principles to encourage abstinence and rational thinking along the path to sobriety.
- Females: Women for Sobriety (WFS)
Aimed specifically at helping women recover from alcohol and drug addiction, Women for Sobriety’s New Life Program follows the Thirteen Acceptance Statements to encourage emotional and spiritual growth in its members. In addition to in-person meetings, WFS runs a 24/7 online community and hosts weekly online chats.
The cost of treatment should not hold you back from receiving it. If you need funding for addiction treatment, whether partial or in full, there are several ways to seek help. Check to see if any of the options below apply to you.
- State and locally funded addiction treatment programs
- SAMHSA grants
- S. Department of Veterans Affairs
- Medicaid and Medicare
- The Affordable Care Act
Additional Resources & Links
Looking to learn more about drug and alcohol addiction? Find more educational resources through these additional links.
- Definition of Addiction, American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM)
- Seeking an Appropriate Treatment Center, National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP)
- Alcoholism Addiction Treatment: The Signs, Causes & Recovery Information, American Addiction Centers
- Find Free Drug Rehab and Detox Centers, American Addiction Centers
- Treatments for Heroin Addiction, National Institute on Drug Abuse
- Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) Program, Repko Law, LLC
- DUI/DWI Attorneys and Lawyers, Repko Law, LLC
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