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How Can I Ask for Help with Addiction?

How Can I Ask for Help with Addiction?

Addiction is one of the most difficult things to deal with, and it is also very hard for people to ask for help. Asking for help can be so difficult that sometimes it is easier to just live in a spiral of alcohol, drugs, or other substances rather than face reality. Find out how you can ask for help if you are struggling to reach out.

Reaching Out

The fact is, nobody is going to take you out of addiction but yourself. You are the only one who can decide you are ready to quit. If you are struggling to reach out and seek help, here are some ways to get started:

  • Write a letter or email. Writing can sometimes be easier to share what is going on than speaking it out loud. It can help to organize your thoughts, share realizations, and your struggles. You cannot decide to unsend an email or a letter once it is sent. There may be some relief that your struggles now out there and there is help available once it is sent.
  • Seek medical help. Addictions are a disease. Medical doctors have training to know what to look for if you are struggling, make an appointment, tell them what is going on. They will have questions for you but it is best to be honest. They have likely seen and heard it all before so it is best to let them know everything so they can help.
  • Reach out by phone. There are many resources online, including helpline numbers, chat rooms, and websites. A Google search will turn up a variety of options. It may be easier to admit to struggling from the safety of a computer rather than face-to-face with someone. It is also helpful for people to talk to a stranger first, before talking to someone they are familiar with. This way judgment is less and when you reach out, they can direct you to some good next steps that are positive.
  • Seek someone who understands. There is no one else better to give advice than someone who has been through a struggle like yours and come out the other side. These people are more often willing to talk to you and try to understand your position. You can ask the what work for them and try to determine the same course of action, whether or not it might work for you.
  • Find someone you trust. Even if they have no persona experience with addiction. They are likely to be a great listening ear, someone on your side, and is willing to share struggles with addiction. Not everyone struggling with addiction will be able to ask for help because sometimes it is too hard. The good news is that help still finds its way around.

If you are struggling, there is hope. Serenity provides a medically supervised detox program along with recovery support for the journey ahead. The best way to ask for help is just to reach out. Call us 24/7 at our toll-free number: 866-294-9401