How Can I Get Help?
You can get help for yourself or
for a friend or loved one from numerous national, State and local
organizations, treatment centers, referral centers, and hotlines
throughout the country. There are various kinds of treatment services
and centers. For example, some may involve outpatient counseling,
while others may be 3- to 5-week-long inpatient programs. While
you or your friend or loved one may be hesitant to seek help,
know that treatment programs offer organized and structured services
with individual, group, and family therapy for people with alcohol
and drug abuse problems. Research shows that when appropriate
treatment is given, and when clients follow their prescribed program,
treatment can work. By reducing alcohol and/or drug abuse, treatment
reduces costs to society in terms of medical care, law enforcement,
and crime. More importantly, treatment can help keep you and your
loved ones together.
Remember, some people may go through treatment a number of times
before they are in full recovery. Do not give up hope.
Each community has its own resources. Some common
referral sources that are often listed in the phone book are:
· Community Drug Hotlines
· Local Emergency Health Clinics, or Community Treatment Services
· City/Local Health Departments
· Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, or Al-Anon/Alateen