Do I Need Help?

By Alanna Hilbink

You’re worried about your drug or alcohol use. You can see how it’s affecting your life, health and relationships. Maybe you’ve tried to stop using before or you aren’t sure if you should even try at all. Regardless of where you are, there are many questions to consider: Is this a good time to ask for help? What sort of help should you ask for? What are your options, and how do you find them? If you’re overwhelmed by options and information, you’re not alone. Don’t worry about having all the answers. You can find a path to wellness that’s customized to fit your specific needs.

Do I Need Rehab?

Question marksRecovering from a drug or alcohol addiction is not something that can be done alone. If it were as simple as controlling your habits using willpower, everyone would take that option. However, drug and alcohol use creates real chemical changes in how your brain and body work. These changes are near impossible to reverse on your own. The National Institute on Drug Abuse1 explains that addiction impacts your ability to learn, make good decisions, create accurate memories and control your actions. You want to be free from addiction and make choices for yourself once more. You want to engage in the world around you and do so without harming yourself or others. Addiction will not let you do this, but a life in recovery will. As treatment facilities help you gain tools, skills and support for a renewed life, you’ll get the outside help you need to make changes on the inside.

What Are My Next Steps?

A great way to begin your recovery journey, or to just learn more about what this journey will involve, is to talk to professionals. It’s a big step to seek information about these issues, but rest assured that any conversation with a doctor, therapist or addiction treatment provider will be confidential and won’t involve pressure or coercion. A conversation with a physical or mental health professional will simply give you a good idea of the challenges you face currently and present your choices for moving forward. You will get an accurate picture of your current mental and physical health, and you’ll learn the specific ways drugs and alcohol are influencing and changing your life. This knowledge will allow you to see the big picture of your options to move forward, as well as give professionals the insight they need to create a treatment plan.

What Are My Treatment Options?

You have more options that you may think when it comes to getting help for addiction. Treatment is not one-size-fits-all. Instead, it’s offered on a continuum of care. This means that no matter your needs or circumstances, treatment is available, not only for your current stage, but also as your needs change over time. The option to move up or down to more or less intensive care makes addiction treatment a safe space that supports your recovery journey long-term.

One of the first stages on the continuum is early intervention. This involves talking to a doctor or mental health professional as soon as you are concerned about your relationship toward drugs or alcohol. You can begin to take simple, at-home steps to change your thoughts, actions and habits before they become larger problems. Your next option is outpatient treatment. This can range from morning and evening programs to intensive, day-long care. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration2 explains that outpatient care can be an entry point to treatment. It can be a step-up level of care from early intervention “to regain abstinence, work on relapse prevention skills, and address other issues.” Outpatient care can also be a step down from inpatient care. Residential care is the best option for structure, space and time to heal.  If you have tried to recover before, have struggled with addiction for a long time or face co-occurring addiction and mental health concerns, inpatient care may be the best choice. If you simply want to be able to dedicate time and attention to recovery, inpatient care can also offer the break from stress, distraction and temptation you need.

You don’t have to know exactly which treatment option is best when beginning to discuss treatment options.  Talk with a professional treatment provider to learn more about your individual needs and which level of care will meet you where you are.

How Do I Find Professional Addiction Treatment?

Offering free and confidential initial assessments, Foundations Recovery Network can help you find professional addiction treatment. Using customized treatment plans to fit your specific needs, our network of residential and outpatient facilities is filled with compassionate staff to support your recovery journey.  Nothing should keep you from getting the help you need. Call us today at the number listed on the website.


1 National Institute on Drug Abuse. “Understanding Drug Use and Addiction.” Aug. 2016. Accessed 15 Aug. 2017.

2 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. “Chapter 3. Intensive Outpatient Treatment and the Continuum of Care.” Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) Series, No. 47. 2006. Accessed 15 Aug. 2017.