When you understand that your struggles with addiction or a mental disorder are not improving, your next thought should be that you need help. This is often a scary realization because you are recognizing that you have a problem. The gravity of reality can make your thoughts race. You may be conflicted, wondering whether you need help or if you are overreacting?
As a result, denial could set in and cause you to justify your recent behavior. Perhaps current times or a recent loss of a job or relationship has caused all of this. Maybe it’s not really as bad as you think it is, and you can just dig yourself out of this hole yet again.
However, your choices speak for themselves, and they are beginning to interfere with your life and relationships. Anxiety, frustration, humiliation, disappointment, and denial further consume you. Still, when you finally pick up the phone and call for help, you will feel a great sense of liberation. If you are worried about what will happen on the other end of the line, here are some things to know that will bring you relief.
Push Back at Fear
Familiar routines are comforting: they provide security, structure, and maybe even stability. For this reason, walking toward something unfamiliar can be scary. Sometimes, to get the life you want, you need to take a risk. If you are worried, write a list of pros and cons to receiving help.
Think rationally, be honest, and push back at your fears. Simple math will likely suggest that seeking help is a better option. For further examination, you can craft the pros and cons of your current situation. Try to discover if maintaining your current course will provide any growth or resolution.
Be practical, and never bank on hope. The current pandemic could have you living under these circumstances for another year or two. Do you think you have the power to correct your behavior? Why not seek help? True Recovery is a way to get the treatment that will provide you with the tools to make necessary changes.
When you open up to a loved and trusted family member or friend, you find confidence. It could be as simple as expressing that you have a problem and that you are considering seeking help. The relief that will come from opening up might be all you need to take the next step. Likewise, your courage will inspire your family and friends to encourage you to seek help.
For more support, you can ask your family or friends to be there when you make the call. Considering the current times, you might arrange a FaceTime or Zoom call, where they can be with you while you speak on the phone.
You could even include them by placing the call on speakerphone and letting the staff member know you have support present. True Recovery is founded on understanding and support, so never hesitate to ask for accommodations to make such arrangements.
Once you make the call, understand that the person on the other end of the line is there to help you. They are sensitive to your concerns and fears and understand that your feelings are meaningful and connected to your personal experience. They will meet you wherever you are, both mentally and physically.
Understand that you are not alone and that many people reach out and ask for help daily. You are brave to ask for help and to want to get better. The person on the other end of the line also thinks you are brave. Seeking help is a rational and logical action, so understand that when you pick up the phone, you are already on your way to finding lasting recovery.
Pre-Screen; Let Them Know You, The Person
You will need to provide an accurate history of any substance or mental disorders you are experiencing. For instance, what substances are you struggling with, and how do they affect your mental well-being? The answers to these questions will help determine whether or not there is any relationship between them.
You will want to elaborate on any known disorders among other family members, particularly mental disorders or substance abuse. Be sure to mention whether you have been in treatment before. When answering these kinds of questions, you will provide the facility with the information needed to begin assessing what type of treatment you may or may not require.
The person helping you will also want to get to know you. The idea of a conversation with a health professional might seem like it needs to be formal and stiff, but it doesn’t. The staff at True Recovery encourage you to be yourself. If you have a sense of humor or are talkative, don’t hold back! Open up and be personable. This will not only create a comfortable atmosphere but also help you get the best treatment.
What About Insurance?
A lot of people assume, without doing any research, that they cannot afford treatment. However, most health insurance packages accommodate complications pertaining to mental and substance disorders. Most employers’ health insurance packages comply with the Affordable Care Act.
They will assist in getting you into a treatment program. Plans like Medicare often cover screening processes and inpatient facilities. If you are not sure, check with your employer and health provider. You can submit a verification form online at True Recovery.
The verification process usually has a 24-hour turnaround. Prepare questions to ask during your screening, and the person assisting you can help resolve any questions or concerns. Ultimately, never let insurance be the reason you do not make the call.
Put Recovery First
Admitting you are struggling with addiction or a mental disorder is a hard reality to accept. Given the current circumstances, you have likely discovered a lot about yourself: your character, how you think, approach, and solve problems, etc. Pay special attention to behavioral patterns related to abusing substances, destructive behavior, or internalized harmful ideals.
If these are prevalent, it is time to turn things around and rehabilitate your life to re-discover motivation, meaning, and fulfillment. If you are considering getting help—don’t wait, act. Take the step for a screening consultation; you will be thankful that you did.
True Recovery understands and is sensitive to your concerns. Your health and well-being are, above all, the priority. True Recovery offers 24/7 assistance, so there is never a wrong time to call. With many alternative care options, TrueRecovery is sure to find the right care for you. Reach out today and begin taking back your health. To learn more, call us at (866) 399-6528.