When it comes to addiction, one of the most difficult things for people to do is ask for help. Asking for help can be so hard people actually do not ask for it at all, which is how they end up saddled alongside addiction for so long. There are some tips for learning how to ask for help if you are ready to quit using drugs or drinking and seek help.
Send an Email
Though paper letters work, emails can also speak volumes to people. You may come to some personal realizations about yourself and your struggles while writing them down. You cannot decide you do not want help and undo your actions. There is relief in knowing it is out of your hands and you need help.
Seek Professional Support
Addiction is a disease people rarely understand. Medical doctors have training to know what to look for and how to proceed when someone needs help. If you are struggling, make an appointment with your doctor. Tell them what is going on. They will be able to assist you and get you the help you need. Professional help is always a good idea if you’re not sure which way to turn.
Reach Out by Phone
Many resources exist online, including chat rooms, websites, or helplines. Sometimes, it is easier to admit the need for help online or on the phone than in person. It is also helpful for some people to talk to a stranger first, before talking to someone they are familiar with. When you reach out to someone online, they can directly contact you for next steps.
Meet and chat with someone who shares your struggles and come out the other side. These people are often more willing to talk to you and understand your position than not. They likely remember what it was like to be where you are and will do what they can to ease your fears. You can ask them what worked and try to determine the best course of action for yourself.
Tell Someone You Trust
Most people have someone in their life they know they can talk to about anything. If this person is in their lives, they can go to them with personal experiences and they will listen. There is comfort in knowing you have someone on your side and someone who will be there through the hard parts of life. Not everyone who struggles with addiction will be able to ask for help. If you or a loved one are struggling to find help, you can reach out to people in many different ways. Anonymous helplines are also available if you are ready to move on from addiction to recovery.
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