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 With Drug Addiction.
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.