What Should I Do to Get Help for Drug Abuse?

What should I do to get help for drug abuse?Drug abuse is more dangerous than most people believe. Users may have heard exaggerated horror stories about the danger of drug abuse only to discovery through personal experience that they enjoy the sensation of being high and the sense of community they feel with other drug users. Many young people feel invulnerable to risk and believe they will dodge the bullet of addiction. They are certain they will only use a small amount of their drug of choice and only on special occasions. However, once abuse becomes addiction, the user can no longer control drug use on his or her own. Drugs chemically rewire the brain to cause deep psychological addiction long before the user is aware of it. The user’s mind will tell them anything necessary to keep the supply of the drug coming. Once a person realizes that he or she has lost control and is completely dependent on drugs to feel normal, he or she will need considerable help to get clean and ongoing help to stay clean.

When Do I Need Drug Abuse Help?

There are several signs that indicate you need help with your drug abuse problem. These include the following:

  • Do you think about obtaining drugs regularly?
  • When you do not have a supply of your drug ready do you get nervous?
  • Do you find that you cannot function normally, feel happy or enjoy life without using drugs?
  • Are you using drugs despite negative effects on your health, relationships or finances?
  • Are you breaking the law, lying or associating with dangerous people regularly?
  • Are you defensive when approached by loved ones about your drug use?
  • Have you traded healthy loving relationships for connections with other drug users?

If any of these apply to your situation or to that of a loved one, find abuse and addiction recovery help.

What Does It Take to Get Clean from Drugs?

Getting clean involves allowing all of the toxins related to drug use to get out of your system. It is an important first step in abuse and addiction recovery and is referred to as the detox process. Medically supervised detox services allow this process to be completed with maximum safety and minimum discomfort. This must be followed with a comprehensive rehab program that addresses your psychological addiction. Drug addiction rehab involves a wide array of therapeutic tools including the following:

  • Private counseling
  • Support groups
  • Relaxation techniques
  • 12-step programs
  • Experimental or alternative treatments like meditation and yoga

Psychological addiction is powerful and long-lasting. Detox may take several days to multiple weeks to complete, whereas some of the effects of psychological addiction can take years or even a lifetime to manage. The goal of rehab is to give you the tools necessary to stay clean for life.

Get Help for Drug Abuse

If you are worried about your or a loved one’s drug abuse or would like to get help for addiction, please call our toll-free helpline today. We can help you find the treatment options that will meet your needs and provide the solutions you need and can verify insurance benefits for these options. All calls are confidential, and we are here to help 24 hours a day. Call us today, and let your drug-free future begin.