Often, the most important step in coming to grips with a drug or alcohol problem comes from simply recognizing that you’ve got one. If drugs or alcohol are causing problems for you or someone you care about, do what it takes to get the situation under control. You’ll like yourself better if you do.
If You Have a Problem
If you already have a problem with drugs or alcohol, admit the problem and get help. Talk honestly to your parents–or to a counselor, minister, coach, or favorite teacher. But talk to someone, and get started in getting your life back together. Things can be better––but the first move is up to you.
What should you do if you suspect drug abuse or addiction in yourself or others?
Both drug abuse and drug addiction can be successfully treated, but the treatment process is much easier and much more likely to be successful if it is started early. So don’t delay. You can and should intercede as soon as you suspect drug abuse. To start the process, you can get information leading to help for yourself or a loved one from your physician and via the Internet. Many resources appear in the listings below, including:
- National and state organizations specializing in drug abuse treatment.
- Treatment centers.
- Referral centers.
- Hot lines.
- Hot lines.
- Local emergency health clinics or community treatment services.
- City/local health departments.
- Local support chapters or groups