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Breaking Through Barriers to Recovery Treatment

According to the 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health

The most common reasons people who needed treatment did not seek help from 2011 to 2014 were:

COST:  39 percent could not afford it or did not have health insurance.

While these are all valid considerations when seeking treatment for substance use, they should not deter you from getting help. Below are some short, helpful tips to consider as you go through the process of finding support for yourself or a loved one who is looking to begin their journey toward a better life.

COST

FEAR

Many people who need help with their substance use fail to seek it for fear of judgement by those they know. Sometimes, there can be a stigma of shame surrounding mental health and substance use. Here are some things to remember if you find yourself avoiding treatment due to others’ views on the topic:

CAREER

Often, the fear of putting a job in jeopardy to receive treatment can play a role in somebody failing to take the next step toward recovery. Here are some things to remember:

LACK OF INFO

There are more than 14,000 treatment centers in the U.S. alone, and many, many resources to help you decide which one is the right one for you. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) for one, is a 24/7, 365-days-a-year treatment referral and information center for anyone seeking mental and/or substance use treatment. You can contact them here: https://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/national-helpline

DENIAL

Many people are facing the battle not of their own substance abuse, but of seeking help for a loved one. In some cases, the person does not realize or believe they have a problem, and this can cause friction in the relationship. It can also be a roadblock to getting help for your loved one. If you are going through this, here are some tips:

Attend Al-Anon and work on setting healthy boundaries. Al-Anon is a free, peer-led support group in which those affected by a loved one’s substance use can share their concerns, feelings and experiences with one another. Learn more here and find a group today: https://al-anon.org/newcomers/

If you or a loved one are ready to seek substance use treatment or mental health services, contact Sage today and let us help lead you to your journey toward a better life.
(512) 306-1394