Asking for help is the most difficult thing someone suffering from addiction can do. It takes courage, and strength, and support. Here are a few ways you can ask for help to gain control over your life away from addiction.
1. Write a letter or email – This might not be the best fit for everyone, however, writing a letter will help you collect your thoughts and organize them in a way that makes sense. Another benefit is that once you hit send or mail what you have written, there’s no going back. You can’t suddenly decide you don’t want help and undo your actions, and there is some relief in knowing that it’s out of your hands to an extent.
2. Asking for help from a medical professional – Addiction is a disease, and medical doctors/therapists have training in knowing what to look for and how to proceed when someone needs help. If you know you are struggling, make an appointment with your doctor, and tell them what has been going on. They’ll likely have some questions for you in order to better assist you in the next steps.
3. Reaching out by phone or through the internet – there are so many resources on the internet, including helpline numbers, chat rooms, and websites for treatment facilities. A quick Google search will likely turn up a variety of options. Sometimes, it’s easier to admit to struggling from the safety of a computer rather than face-to-face with someone, and that is perfectly OK. It’s also helpful for some people to talk to a stranger first, before talking to someone they are familiar with. There is less fear of judgment that way. When you reach out to someone online or via telephone, they are able to direct you as to what the ideal next steps are for you depending on your particular situation.
4. Talk to someone you trust greatly or who has been through the same thing – Most people have someone in their life that they know they can talk to about anything. If you have this person, turn to them. Even if they have no personal experience with addiction, they are a listening ear and can help you make sense of what is going on. There is comfort in knowing you have someone on your side and someone who will be there through the hard parts of life.
If you or someone you know is suffering from addiction or mental illness contact our helpline at 504-635-3535.