Get Help For Overcoming Addiction
Overcoming substance misuse is possible. Addiction is a treatable disease. According to The Center on Addiction, “addiction is a complex disease, often chronic in nature, which affects the functioning of the brain and body” (Center on Addiction, 2020). This is why it’s so difficult to quit on your own! Addiction works against your willpower by telling you there’s not a problem. More than 1 in 7 people, or 40 million Americans struggle with drug and alcohol abuse or addiction, so you are not alone. Nearly 25% of the population uses drugs or alcohol in a way that will put them at risk at some point in their lives, whether that be in the immediate future or years down the line (Vital, 2020).
Many people don’t seek help because they are ashamed. The stigma that goes with addiction causes people to think less of themselves. Many times they think there is no hope for changing their life. People who struggle with the misuse of alcohol and drugs face low self-esteem and it’s harder for them to seek help and better themselves. The stigma associated with people experiencing substance use disorder leads to feelings of guilt and shame making it harder to face the reality of their addiction and to get the help and support they need.
Stigma is wrong. Addiction can affect anyone regardless of race, age, gender or social status and it’s difficult to stop on your own without the appropriate support. You should never be ashamed to admit you have a problem and seek help from resources within your community.
Vital Alabama – SBIRT
SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment) is a framework designed to help those dealing with addiction, a substance use disorder, overcome the disease and get the help they need. A specialized SBIRT plan can help people begin to understand their substance use and get the support they need in order to get back to living the life they deserve (Vital, 2020).
The first step of getting treatment is to tell your regular healthcare provider about your substance use. If you don’t have a regular healthcare provider, you can choose one convenient to you. There is a list available at https://vitalalabama.com/patient-portal/treatment-finder/ The provider will ask you questions to make a plan that works best for you. Some of the questions will be about the types of substances you use, such as alcohol and other drugs, which can include not only illicit drugs but prescription drugs as well as tobacco. You will be asked how often you use substances and the amount. All of the information you provide is held confidentially between you and the providers who are helping you. The goal of the screening process, and the reason for the questions, is to assess the level of the use in order to begin to determine what supports will be needed. It’s important that you answer the questions accurately so that you can get the help you need.
After being screened, the brief intervention stage will give you feedback about how risky your behaviors with substances are. It is common for users to lack understanding about how many beers is considered safe for men and women to drink in a week or the dangers of drinking alcohol while pregnant. Helping users understand the health dangers that occur from substance misuse can prevent future health problems and improve current health conditions. Brief intervention focuses on providing insight and awareness about the risks of unhealthy substance use, and enhances motivation towards behavioral change. When there is better understanding of the dangers of risky behavior, there is a better opportunity for treatment to work.
Referral to Treatment
Lastly, for those clients requiring more support than the brief intervention, a specialty plan of care will be written with specific treatment recommendations. There are many resources and programs within the community that cater to those with a substance use disorder and Vital is able to support a referral to the appropriate treatment options.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Treatment Facility Finder
There are also many other resources to use to find treatment and get your life back. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has a treatment facility finder on their website, https://findtreatment.gov/, so you can easily and quickly find a treatment program that’s right for you.
First, if you have insurance you should contact your insurance provider. They will know what coverage you have and can offer you a list of providers that accept your insurance. If you don’t have insurance, there is state funding that may be able to provide treatment for you without insurance coverage. To access this information, visit: https://www.samhsa.gov/sites/default/files/ssa-directory.pdf (SAMHSA).
Second, it is important to research the provider to ensure that you are receiving quality treatment. According to SAMHSA, there are five signs of quality treatment which can help you decide which treatment provider to pick. These five signs include accreditation, medication, evidence-based practices, families and supports (SAMHSA).
Accreditation is important as it means that the program has been inspected and the staff has been trained in assisting and treating substance use and addiction. Staff should be licensed or registered in the state. You also want to ensure that the program conducts satisfaction surveys.
You may inquire to find out if the program offers FDA approved medication. It is important to note that there are medications to help and assist in the treatment and prevention of relapse for alcohol and opioid use disorders.
Evidence-based practices show that the program uses treatment approaches that have been proven to be effective and are backed by research and success.
Family members and their support have a large impact on the success of recovery. Look for programs to see if they incorporate family and friends to build a support system.
Quality programs will also have supports put into place that continue treatment after the completion of the program. For example, ongoing counseling, sober housing, self-help programs, family involvement, and more.
Last, but certainly not least, you should call the treatment program for an appointment. SAMHSA says that any quality program should be able to see you or your family member within 48 hours. As soon as you make the decision to get help, it is important to get to treatment quickly. Many programs will even have walk-in opportunities so today is the day to take your life back.