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Asking for Help

When we finally reach a point where we cannot find relief, we are mentally and physically exhausted, and we don’t know what to do next, it is time to ask for help. This can feel very overwhelming, especially if we feel isolated or misunderstood by those around us. Perhaps we have burned some bridges, or feel afraid to put our trust in others. Taking this step is the single most important starting point in our recovery journey. In this regard, it is important to ask for what you need, and not what you want. Initially, we sometimes seek out what we want. This can appear as solutions we can attempt on our own, short term relief, financial assistance, a place to stay, even just a shoulder to cry on. Occasionally, these options can help us find temporary comfort, but ultimately, our struggles require a more permanent and definitive solution. If we are truly exhausted, unhappy, and restless, then it is time, to be honest with yourself and with others. It is time to ask for what you need. You must ask for help.


Who Can I Ask?

A great first step is to speak with your primary care provider or mental health specialist. This can be your psychiatrist, physician, or therapist. They are trained to be able to provide assistance in finding a treatment plan for you or they can direct you to someone else who specializes in recovery. Working with a specialist, or someone with experience in addiction and recovery is a great way to find the rehabilitation center, inpatient, or outpatient therapy that will best suit your needs. Discuss with them what substances or mental health disorders you are struggling with. Honesty is crucial. Doctors and specialists can best help you when they know as much as possible about your concerns, goals, and experiences. This information allows them to find a treatment plan that will be the best fit for you. If asking one of these providers feels frightening on your own, ask a loved one or someone you trust to accompany you. Support will always be there for you when you are ready to accept it. You are never alone.


The First Step

Asking for help is the greatest way to begin your recovery. Sometimes, when we are at a low point, it can feel like weakness or defeat. This is a stigma. In truth, reaching out for assistance is one of the most courageous things you can possibly do. Acknowledging that you have a problem, admitting that you don’t know what the next step is, and wanting to make a change is the first great hurdle. Things will start to get better after you do so. Remember that help will always be there when you ask for it. There are solutions and people who can guide you in taking the next steps, once you make the first. Be brave, ask for what you need, and know that there are many options for treatment and support systems available. There is always hope. You deserve to live a healthy and happy life.

The Guest House is ready to help you take those next steps. Our doors are open, and our staff is excited to be a system of support for you and your journey. To ask any questions and begin that journey today, call us at 855-483-7800 for more information.