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Treatment

Getting Help for Drug Abuse and Drug Addiction

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Recognizing that you have a problem is the first step on the road to recovery, one that takes tremendous courage and strength. Facing your addiction without minimizing the problem or making excuses can feel frightening and overwhelming, but recovery is within reach. If you’re ready to make a change and willing to seek help, you can overcome your addiction and build a satisfying, drug-free life for yourself.

Visit a Narcotics Anonymous meeting in your area. Find local meetings and support groups on their websiteExit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov .

Call 1-800-662-HELP in the U.S. to reach a free referral helpline from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Addiction Recovery Support

Don’t try to go it alone; it’s all too easy to get discouraged and rationalize “just one more” hit or pill. Whether one choose to go to detox, rely on self-help programs, individual therapy, go to treatment (inpatient/outpatient), support is essential. Recovering from drug addiction and working towards long-term recovery is much easier when one has people they can lean on for encouragement, comfort, and guidance. Support can come from:

  • family members
  • close friends
  • therapists or counselors
  • others recovering from substance use disorders
  • healthcare providers
  • people from your faith community

Pain Management

Patients utilizing prescription drugs to manage chronic pain may find more information at the IHS Pain Management website.

Adapted from Helpguide.orgExit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov