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Concerned About Your Own Drug or Alcohol Use?

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Mom_sufferingAre you concerned about your own drug or alcohol use? Deciding whether you have a problem can be challenging. You may or may not need rehabilitation treatment or “rehab.” Here are 5 ways to help evaluate where you are and figure out what steps you can take toward a healthier future.

1. Recognize early signs if your alcohol use is becoming a problem. Take the Alcohol Screener to find out if alcohol is harming your health or if you should cut down on your drinking.

2. Make an appointment with your doctor, therapist, social worker or other health professional to discuss your drinking or drug use.

3. Attend a meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA), SMART Recovery or other anonymous self-help groups devoted to helping members get sober and stay that way. It’s easy to find meetings near you at the convenient times – check the website listings for schedules. There are meetings all over and you can even sit in the back and just listen if you’d like.

4. For more information and support, speak to one of our trained specialists at our Parents Toll-Free Helpline at 1-855-DRUGFREE.

5. To find a treatment program in your area, use the SAMHSA’s Substance Abuse Treatment Locator.

When the going gets tough, remember you can do it – you can give up alcohol and/or drugs. Talk to someone. Talk to anyone in your life who can give you encouragement, support or practical help, such as family or friends – the people who love you and want to help you in any way they can. You might be surprised at how supportive they can be.  If you feel like no one understands and you have no one to talk to about this, please know that there are others who have been there and understand and people who can help. Remember, you don’t have to be alone in this.

Have faith in yourself and you will find a way. It takes courage and responsibility to be happy. It’s not easy, but it is possible to recover and lead a healthy life, and we know you can do it.

8 Responses to this article

  1. christine / September 18, 2014 at 12:03 am

    Hello whoever is reading this i am 24 years old and almost 8 months pregnant i like to smoke shurms aka pcp i fight with alot of people, sometimes steal little things, sometimes i don’t remember things i do or say, i have been raped and exposed to herpes, had sex for money with one man, lost My job because of sleepless nights, putting My unborn child at risk for health problems was the worst, lied to the people i Love negleted the people that love me, wasted alllllllot of money . i have been so selfish. All because of drugs. I don’t want to continúe with that lifestyle. I have lied to My self and other people and My family about quiting. Today i am done no more drugs. I want to be done wasting My life for good. I believe in myself and so should who ever is reading this. We can be strong. I Will be more strong. Wish me the best. Support your self and god bless you.

  2. Beth Brooks / September 16, 2014 at 7:48 am

    Although I have been clean quite a while, I battle my addiction everyday. I am most unusual in that at the age of 62 I became addicted to inhaling computer duster. I have suffered so much because of this. All my children and grandchildren have caught me. I have drug convictions in two states and can no longer drive. I totaled my car, broke my neck and broke multiple bones all of which are now healed. My loving husband and children have me on a sort of “house arrest” because I can’t be trusted.I have snuck out a few times and ended up falling and requiring stiches in my head. I blacked out another time, fell and broke five ribs, I have been to rehab, out patient therapy, and regular NA meetings. I don’t want to do this anymore and right now my family is keeping me safe. How do I beat these cravings? This is so dangerous. How many brain cells have I lost already? The next huff could kill me or leave me brain dead.

  3. Tanya Wells / August 3, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    Hello to everyone out there, I’m happy to say I’ve been clean for quit some time but I did have the longest and hardest time with drugs. I just want to say Please don’t give up on yourselves and to keep a positive attitude, your day to will come! I nearly lost every thing but got myself together and I know you can do it too. Please stay confidant in yourself and good luck.

  4. michael / July 25, 2014 at 4:02 am

    I’m really tired of this addiction what it has done to my life. I’m a month away from loosing my home and my family. My family will be homeless because of my selfishness. I cry everyday. I feel lost I have nobody to talk to and trust, no friends. I have burned everyone. I really hope my message can save soneone, because I don’t feel I was saved. I ask my self everyday, why is it so hard to quit, why can’t I be a normal person productive is society. I hope someone will read my msg. I just want some friends. I’m lost and lonely dont know what to do.

    • Avatar of Pat
      Pat / July 25, 2014 at 9:04 am

      HI Michael,
      I can sense your anxiety, guilt and depression, but please know you are not alone. You asked why it is you cannot just quit – in part it is because your brain is malfunctioning – it’s part of the disease and can benefit from treatment. If I might offer a suggestion or two, try calling the Partnership hotline number 1-855-DRUG FREE to speak with a clinician about your circumstances and get some support on treatment. Also you might go to an AA or NA meeting – you can google for locations close to you or try http://www.aa.org

      Help and support is there for you — please reach out.
      Pat

  5. Avatar of Brian
    Brian / June 25, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    Addiction recovery is not that easy, it needs time and effort. The first step in drug rehabilitation program is detoxification. Vitamin and mineral supplements provided along with relaxing exercises calm muscles and mental agony.

  6. ranie darden / June 12, 2014 at 7:46 am

    Im struggling at this point in my life. Ive relapsed so many times I’ve lost count. I have a full time job that I fear I will loose if I dont seek help. Drinking consumes my life and well being. Im one day sober. I have vowed to attend meetings and get a sponser etc.

  7. Nehemiah E.B. Karubanda / May 29, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    I really love this site. And am so interested with you. And also I would like to work with you. Coz I’ve been a drug addict too for a time, but i thank God I abuse drugs no more. I wish i could get your e-mail and your acceptance of working with you.

    Nehemiah
    From Tanzania

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