If you or someone you know is abusing or is addicted to alcohol or street drugs, there is help. In most cases, a drug addict’s behaviors not only impact his or her own life but also interfere with the lives of his or her friends and family. Unfortunately, not everyone knows the best way to help a drug addict. The place to start is to find a reputable alcohol or street drug addiction recovery helpline.
What Is a Helpline?
If you or someone you love is battling a drug or alcohol addiction, calling a helpline is the first step to obtaining help and counseling. A supportive and understanding agent will answer any questions you might have, discuss the different types of treatments available, and help you take the next steps toward recovery.
Drug hotlines are confidential. You don’t have to provide any information you aren’t comfortable with. However, the more open you are, the easier it will be for the representative to help you.
Do I Need a Helpline?
If you aren’t sure whether you or your loved one is addicted, you can look for certain signs, including:1
- Slurred speech.
- Impaired coordination.
- Bloodshot eyes or constricted or enlarged pupils.
- Changes in physical appearance.
- Poor hygiene.
- Changes in sleep patterns.
- Weight loss or gain.
- Strange smells on breath, body, or clothes.
- Lack of interest in activities the person used to enjoy.
While all these signs can indicate an addiction, the hallmark sign is using a drug(s) despite negative consequences, such as loss of a job, relationship problems, physical problems brought on by drug use, or financial issues. Most people who are addicted cannot stop without professional help.1
Before you pick up the phone and call a reputable alcohol or street drug addiction recovery helpline, you should have some information readily available. You’ll need:
- The name of the substance of abuse and the extent of the use (dosages, frequency)
- Medical insurance information and material about any drug rehab coverage you may have
- Information about your state of mind or that of your loved one
- Disclose any behavioral disorders or any other co-occurring disorders
- Be prepared to talk about your financial status and paying for treatment if you have no insurance
The most important thing about calling a hotline is honesty. You need to tell the truth about your drug use, the problems that the drug abuse is causing, and the severity of the addiction. You should be open about your treatment goals, and you should ask lots of questions in order to understand the recovery process and have enough information to make the right decision.
Some questions you might want to ask the drug hotline representative are:
- Which type of treatment is best for me, based on my situation?
- How long do I need to be in treatment?
- What types of therapies does the program offer?
- Will I need detox?
- If the program doesn’t take my insurance, does it offer payment plans or sliding scale rates?
Finding a Reputable Recovery Helpline
Once you are ready to seek help, it’s time to find a reputable alcohol or street drug addiction recovery helpline. You’ll want to speak with someone who understands and cares about your needs. You want a helpline staffed with an experienced person with a kind voice and dedicated to helping drug abusers and alcoholics. Read reviews and ask for recommendations from your doctor. This will give you an idea of which hotline is popular and respected.
Research indicates that treatment with therapies and medications can help patients addicted to drugs successfully recover from addiction. The specific type of treatment will vary depending on the person and their situation.1
We want to make sure you are one of the success stories.
What to Expect When You Call
When you call a drug addiction recovery helpline, you can expect to speak with a trained and experienced agent whose goal is to help you get the treatment you deserve. This agent can answer any question you have about the drug being abused, the recovery process, or anything else you’d like to know about. The best treatment is identified by taking into account the drug being abused, the frequency of use, the amount of drugs used, and the existing co-occurring conditions or medical issues, if any. You will be asked about insurance coverage and your finances if you don’t have 100% coverage for drug or alcohol recovery treatment. The person you speak with at the helpline will find a top-rated rehab with a comfortable detox that fits within your budget or is covered by your medical insurance. The helpline representative will also help you if you face a financial crisis, making arrangements to get you into treatment as quickly as possible.
Since the person from the drug abuse hotline is booking you into a rehab and recovery that meets all your needs, he or she will also handle your travel arrangements. The process to get you or your loved one into treatment is quick and easy, which is especially helpful for reluctant people. All that is left is for you to settle in and get comfy as you begin to get healthy and happy, and live a drug-free life.
. National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2017). Frequently Asked Questions.