Should I Seek Help for Alcohol or Drug Use?

 In Alcohol, All Articles

By Zach Ludwig, LPC-MHSP

Deciding to reach out for help with substance use issues for yourself or a loved one is difficult. The disease of addiction is marked by denial, rationalization, and avoidance. Due to the insidiousness of chronic substance use, it can be hard to recognize the compounding issues…until the problem has seemingly formed into a mountain.

Many people might begin their search about recovery and treatment with the question “Do I have a problem?” or “Does my loved one have a problem?” Everyone’s story is different but there are some common themes to watch out for:

  1. Are drugs/alcohol consumed in larger amounts or more frequently than in the past? Is the larger amount consumed because more is needed to get the same effect than was achieved from less in the past?
  2. Has there been an attempt to stop before (either alone or with help) that was unsuccessful?
  3. Is there a strong craving (desire) to take drugs or drink alcohol?
  4. Have areas of life that are important been negatively impacted or abandoned, such as education, employment, finances, home duties, or relationships?
  5. Is there a lot of time spent in the pursuit/use of or time recovering from the use of drugs/alcohol?
  6. Are drugs/alcohol being consumed despite it being hazardous or potentially hazardous (i.e. health status made worse by the use, driving under the influence, using in safety sensitive surroundings)?
  7. Are there negative reactions when/if drugs/alcohol are suddenly stopped (such as shakes, vomiting, diarrhea, headache, blurred vision, sleep disturbances, agitation, seizures)?

Any one of these consequences to drinking or using drugs could be clinically significant and further evaluation may be indicated. Braford Health Services provides FREE, private consultations to further discuss what options, including treatment, may be a benefit for you or your family.

Determining if treatment is indicated is individualized based on medical and clinical criteria. If treatment is recommended, Bradford Health Services offers an array of interventions along a continuum of care model to match the treatment needs with the individual. Levels of care can include (but not limited to):

  1. Detoxification: A medically-managed, short-term intervention to move someone comfortably through withdrawals from drugs/alcohol. This is often the first step of treatment and recovery and a time to focus on physical wellness and health, creating a foundation to begin emotion-focused and interpersonal work.
  2. Residential: Structured services provided in a safe, drug-free environment where each person receives interventions delivered by an inter-disciplinary team including doctors, nurses, clinicians, and other specialists. Residential treatment provides each person an opportunity to work on centering themselves and establishing coping and recovery skills for the long-term.
  3. Outpatient Services: A range of programs that are often available in the community someone lives after leaving residential services. The intensity and duration of the services vary and will change based on the recovery needs and progress of the individual. Outpatient services provide a great opportunity for people to still be rooted in treatment while incorporating other obligations such as school, work, and family roles.

We recognize that making changes is a process. Part of that process includes exploring needs and goals by discussing what a personalized recovery plan could look like. When someone has reached the point of seeking help that process should be as simple as possible. Bradford Health Services is there for you and your family and can be reached in a number of ways, including:

  • Our website,, where you will find information about our programs, locations, and admission process.
  • Through our website, Live Chat with one of our Treatment Guide Representatives is available to address your questions about our programs or admission process.

By calling 888-577-0012 you can speak with a live person 24/7 who can assist in providing or scheduling a FREE, live in-person or over-the-phone consultation.

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