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Trying to find help when you or a loved one is dealing with substance abuse can be a challenge, and you may be confused as to where to turn for help. However, alcohol and drug hotlines can assist you with your search for help. This article will cover:
If you or your family member is experiencing medical complications from addiction or having a mental health crisis, including expressing thoughts of suicide or harming others, you must call 911.
Addiction can create a range of problems for both the addicted person and their loved ones. The person who is using substances and those close to them face a challenging journey. And finding the right kind of help for drug or alcohol abuse may not be easy for some.
A hotline can be a very useful resource. They’re anonymous, which means that you can be comfortable seeking treatment information without anyone knowing that you are doing so. You can call a hotline if you are struggling with addiction or you can call for your loved one.
When you call the American Addiction Centers’ hotline (American Addiction Centers is the parent company of Recovery First), for instance, you will be connected with an Admissions Navigator who not only understands the many types of treatment options available, but may also has personal experience with addiction and recovery themselves.
This experience gives our advisors a unique perspective on addiction, seeking treatment, the challenges of entering a treatment program, and finding recovery.
Anyone can call a drug or alcohol hotline. It may be a good time to call if you believe you have an addiction or you think a loved one is addicted.
While information is not a substitute for a full assessment by a professional, it can be helpful to know the symptoms of a substance use disorder, which can include:1
Although hotlines are a helpful source of information, they are not appropriate for emergencies.
If you decide that treatment is in the cards after talking to someone at a hotline, know that Recovery First has several substance abuse treatment options.
For many, detox is the first stop on the road to recovery. This is where medical professionals will help you through getting rid of any drugs and/or alcohol in your system.
Depending on the type of substance a person is using, they may need to go to a medical detox program to help them safely cope with physical withdrawal symptoms, particularly if the person is physically dependent on alcohol or benzodiazepines, a class of medications that includes Xanax, Klonipin, and Valium. Abruptly stopping these medications can result in seizures, which may be life-threatening.3, 4
At Recovery First, nurses make rounds every 15 minutes to monitor your detox and withdrawal symptoms. Our facilities also have EarlySense beds that help monitor your vital signs while you to sleep to help avoid medical emergencies.
This is the most intense form of treatment for substance abuse and includes 24/7 oversight and care. Not everyone requires inpatient treatment but can be a good option depending on the type of substances involved, the severity of a person’s substance use disorder, and if the person has underlying medical or psychiatric diagnoses.2
The outpatient approach to treatment comes in many different forms. At our facility, intensive outpatient treatment provides a course of treatment, which usually consists of 2 to 3 hours per day, 2 to 3 days per week. Outpatient treatment provides the same type of treatment as inpatient treatment except that you go home at night and can keep going to work or school while receiving treatment.2
At American Addiction Centers, we believe so strongly in our programs that if you relapse after completing 90 days of consecutive treatment with us you can return for 30 days of free treatment. Terms and conditions may apply.
You or your loved one may have special treatment needs. We provide specialized care for military veterans, first responders, and health care providers.
We also treat people with co-occurring mental health disorders and substance abuse issues. This means that our programs offer support for both recovery from addiction and treatment for various mental and emotional disorders.
Regardless of which type of treatment you enter, most programs have the same steps:
Numerous treatment options are available through free hotlines.