How to Find Substance Abuse Treatment

Are you tired of wasting your time on drugs and alcohol? Do you think you could raise the quality of life if you were more focused on your interests? Research shows that treatment works, so find a treatment center for new beginnings.

Steps

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    Call your insurance company and tell them that you want treatment for your problem.
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    For a list of drug treatment centers check out the government database or All Treatment.
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    If you live with your parents and are without insurance, tell them your problem and that you want treatment for it.
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    If you are without parental guidance and insurance, call your local hospital and tell them what drug you want treatment for. For example, if you want methadone treatment for heroin addiction, tell them.
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    If they can help you, discuss payment options (insurance, welfare, sliding scale or credit).
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    If this goes well, then both of you will determine if you require inpatient or outpatient treatment and an admittance date.
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    If the hospital cannot help you, ask them if they know who can. Usually there will be a social worker available, or someone there who deals with such situations.
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    If that doesn't work, call 1-800-Life-Net in NYC for substance abuse treatment referral. Usually, they will ask you for your treatment needs, insurance and zip code and they will provide you with 3 referrals.
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    If this does not work, contact your local police station and ask for help. If you are using illegal drugs, you do not have to identify yourself.
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    Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous has helped millions of people.
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    For Asians in the NYC metropolitan area who speak Cantonese, Mandarin, Fujianese, Korean and Japanese, call Asian LifeNet for assistance.

Tips

  • While treatment is difficult, so is living the life of an addict.
  • Do not avoid treatment just because it costs money. Abusing drugs and alcohol also costs money, and so does lost wages from lost potential.
  • Make time for yourself, even if it's a walk or a trip to the store.
  • Many people who abuse substances are "self-medicating," meaning they might have a chemical imbalance in the brain and they are seeking relief. Psychiatric medication may be helpful in such situations
  • It may take time to find the right therapist for long-term counseling.
  • Finding treatment without insurance might be a challenge, but it is worth it.
  • Try to find a better place to surf and discover new information about drugs abuse and alcohol.

Warnings

  • Never stop using alcohol and pills without consulting a doctor or nurse. Withdrawing from these substances too quickly can cause life-threatening seizures.
  • Find a reputable place to surf on the internet to learn and to discover how to best deal with the addiction, such as an alcohol addiction portal.

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