Updated: 23 February 2023 & medically reviewed by Dr. Kimberly Langdon
Knowing where to start once you’ve decided to get treatment can seem difficult. In reality, help is always just a phone call away.
If you have a family member, friend, or loved one who is suffering from drug or alcohol addiction then the first step is to talk to them.
It is always recommended that you attend a medically supervised detox when quitting substance abuse.
It is no secret that some rehabs, especially those that offer luxury surroundings and amenities, can be costly. This should not discourage anyone who wants to get help with addiction.
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Where do I start with getting help for addiction?
You have looked into where to get help for your or a loved one’s addiction problem; that in itself is a big first step. Once you know that you need treatment, the next thing to do is call a treatment provider or addiction specialist organization who will be able to run you through the next steps and answer any questions you have, from how to speak to addiction counselors right through to the admission process into a rehab facility.
Get help during Covid-19
At Recovered, we recognize the impact COVID-19 has had and the continued challenges it poses to getting advice and treatment for substance use disorders. SAMHSA has a wealth of information and resources to assist providers, individuals, communities, and states during this difficult time and is ready to help in any way possible.Speak to SAMSHA
How do I help someone else?
If you have a family member, friend, or loved one who is suffering from drug or alcohol addiction then the first step is to talk to them. In many cases, addicts will hide themselves away and not want to address their issues. This can exacerbate their addiction and make it much harder to get treatment. Our guides on speaking to family and children will help you get the tools you need to address addiction.
Helping a family member or friend
Talking with children about drugs
Should I do it alone?
It is possible to quit drug and alcohol abuse alone. However, there are many situations where it is not advised you do so. If you have been abusing substances for a long time or in high doses then there is a chance you will experience withdrawal symptoms. Withdrawal from certain drugs such as opioids, alcohol, and benzodiazepines can be extremely uncomfortable and even life-threatening. That is why it is always recommended that you attend a medically supervised detox when quitting substance abuse. Our full guide to the detox process can help explain the necessity of this step when aiming for recovery.
How do I fund my rehab?
It is no secret that some rehabs, especially those that offer luxury surroundings and amenities, can be costly. This should not discourage anyone who wants to get help with addiction. There are many avenues for funding both inpatient and outpatient treatment such as insurance, state-funded rehab, and sponsorship. Read our paying for treatment guide for more information.
Where can I get support?
There are many organizations that are dedicated to helping those who are suffering from addiction. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has a wide range of resources available and a dedicated call line to assist anyone looking to get help with a substance use disorder. Call them today.