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Handling an addiction can be difficult, which is why hotlines for those struggling are so important.
Dealing with the side effects of drug or alcohol abuse is painful and isolating. Family and friends may lose their trust in a loved one who continues to drink or use and often pull away when they don’t know how to help. Alcohol and drug hotlines can help.
If you are experiencing a medical or mental health emergency, call 911, not a hotline.
Even though addiction is a disease, many people still feel ashamed to admit that they struggle with substance use. A hotline is a good way to discuss your concerns without having to disclose any identifiable information, allowing you to stay completely anonymous.
Addiction has the potential to interfere with all areas of your life, including your health, social life, ability to function at work or school, and role in the family.1
However, your addiction impacts loved ones in ways that you may not even realize. Hotlines are open to not only those who struggle with addiction, but to their loved ones as well.
When you call an addiction hotline number, you will be connected with an advisor. Helplines are often staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to ensure that you can get in touch with someone whenever you need it.
If you are considering this question, it couldn’t hurt to call a substance abuse hotline. If you or someone you love is affected by addiction, it might also be the right time to call in to a drug or alcohol hotline.
If you aren’t sure if addiction is the issue, there are some signs that could point to an addiction, such as:2, 3, 4, 5
While helplines are extremely useful, they are not intended to provide assistance in the event of an emergency. In the event of a medically or psychiatrically dangerous situation, call 911 immediately.
If you’re considering treatment or know of someone with a substance use disorder and want more information about treatment, you can reach out to River Oaks’ Admissions Navigators at 813-551-3608.
American Addiction Centers, River Oaks’ parent company, staffs its helpline with compassionate individuals, many of whom have gone through treatment and are in recovery.
Navigators will ask questions about your:
They’ll also ask about your preferences to determine what type of treatment facilities would best meet your individual needs.
Addiction treatment takes many different forms. No one form of treatment works for every person. Rather, treatment should be tailored to the needs of each person to be most effective.1
For many, treatment may start with detox. This rids your body of alcohol and/or drugs. It can be an unpleasant experience, and withdrawal from some substances can even be life-threatening.1 In medically supervised detox, available at River Oaks, a doctor provides medication to keep you safe while you withdraw from substances.1, 4
River Oaks detox offers EarlySense technology, which is used to monitor patients’ vital signs as they sleep and will notify staff members of changes that could indicate the need for medical attention.
If a detox facility does not also offer inpatient treatment following detox, staff will help you transition to another treatment facility for further care once you are discharged.6 Intensive or residential treatment facilities offer longer stays.
After detoxing, you will transition to the next stage of treatment. If you’ve chosen River Oaks, the next step can be within the same facility.
Residential programs allow nursing staff to provide ongoing care while mental health staff members offer counseling in group and individual settings.6
There are 3 levels of outpatient treatment, depending on your need:
River Oaks is confident in the treatment that we provide. You’ll stay clean and sober after completing our 90-day treatment program, or we’ll provide you with an additional 30 days of complimentary treatment. Terms and conditions do apply.
Research has demonstrated that participating in treatment for 90 days or longer positively influences a person’s ability to stay clean and sober.1
River Oaks makes every effort to accommodate the needs of every person we care for. While we provide specialized programming to meet the unique needs of certain groups, we also works to foster an inclusive environment that doesn’t separate anyone based on their identification with a specific group or characteristic.10
Rather than focusing on differences, clients can see what they have in common and relate to each other, becoming stronger as a cohesive group.10 Some groups do focus on the specific needs of women, men, the elderly, young adults, first responders, LGBTQ+, and trauma survivors.10
If you have more than one mental health disorder—such as a substance use disorder and depression or anxiety—you have what is known as co-occurring disorders, also referred to as dual diagnosis or comorbidity. Around 60% of people with a substance use disorder also have a co-occurring mental health disorder.1 A 2018 U.S. survey estimated that about 9.2 million adults have a dual diagnosis.7
For treatment to be most effective, a program should address each co-occurring disorder at the same time.1 6, 7 A good treatment plan should include counseling for substance use, counseling for your mental health disorder(s), and medication management as needed.1, 6, 7
Mental health counseling almost always includes cognitive-behavioral therapy, in which you will learn more about your diagnosis, triggers, coping skills, and thought patterns, all of which can also apply to your substance use.6, 7 And while not everyone needs medication, in some instances, and depending on the drug of choice, it can be a helpful tool in managing symptoms for many people.1, 6, 7
The best treatment plan is one in which you get to collaborate. Talk to your treatment team about your needs, concerns, and preferences. Your input is valuable; ultimately, it’s your recovery.
If you’re not ready yet to seek treatment, but you are interested in discussing your concerns confidentially with someone you can trust, there are many more hotlines that are available 24/7 at no cost to you. All of the organizations below provide help, many at any time of day.