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Addiction: Getting Help

Addiction: Getting Help

Woman talking with counselor and support group
"It was hard to admit that I had a problem. But when I did, I had to get help."

Admitting that you have a problem with alcohol or drugs isn’t easy. It takes courage and honesty. But once you’re ready to look at your use, you’ve taken a big step toward getting over the problem. When you face your problem, you also accept that you’re accountable for your actions and for changing them. There are many programs and people who can help you. And keep in mind, it’s OK to get help. It’s also the first step to getting your life back together.

Getting help and support

Recovery doesn’t happen right away. It’s a long process. There are many steps along the way. During those steps, you’ll work on changing the things that were part of your problem. A counselor or other healthcare provider can help you. So can a priest, minister, or rabbi who is trained in substance abuse counseling. Friends and family may also help once you are working with experts. Together you can make changes needed for success. This can help you to have a positive and rewarding life.

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