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Addiction: Getting Help

Admitting that you have a problem with alcohol or drugs isn’t easy. You may hear this called addiction or a substance use disorder. Facing it takes courage and honesty. But once you’re ready to look at your use, you’ve taken a big step toward getting over the problem. When you face your problem, you also accept that you’re responsible for your actions and for changing them. There are many programs and people who can help you. It’s OK to get help. It’s also the first step to getting your life back together.

Woman talking with counselor and support group
"It was hard to admit that I had a problem. But when I did, I had to get help."

Getting help and support

Recovery doesn’t happen right away. It’s a long process. There are many steps along the way. During those steps, you’ll work on changing the things that were part of your problem. A counselor or other healthcare provider can help you. So can a priest, minister, or rabbi who is trained in substance abuse counseling. Friends and family may also help once you are working with experts. Together you can make changes needed for success. This can help you to have a positive and rewarding life.

To learn more

  • SAMHSA National Helpline, 800-662-4357

  • National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD), 800-475-4673

Online Medical Reviewer: Eric Perez MD
Online Medical Reviewer: Kenny Turley PA-C
Online Medical Reviewer: L Renee Watson MSN RN
Date Last Reviewed: 2/1/2020
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