Do you need help? Let’s talk about semantics. Do you search for help online? Virtually all do – nearly 75% on their phones and the rest on laptops or desktops. When it’s a really personal or health related need, do you search by terms you truly feel or terms you think you should search by? Are you tied up by stigma, perceptions or confusion?
“Addiction Treatment Near Me” and “Addiction Help Near Me” along with “Opioid Addiction Treatment” are among the top search terms on the internet. Substance Use Disorder (SUD), Opioid Use Disorder (OUD), Alcohol Use, Addiction, Addict, Substance Abuse, Rehab, Addiction Treatment, Addiction Recovery, Heroin Help, Meth Clinic, Methadone Clinic, Alcohol Assistance, Alcohol Dependency, Drug Rehab, Drug Addiction…. are among many terms entered every second on search engines.
You may feel you have an issue with a substance and think that “overuse” or “use” is the more comfortable way to ease into an internet search – to explore what might be out there, and to gage whether you really need a little help to get you out of a bad habit. Maybe you know you need assistance (have maybe even sought help prior), and you are ready to find that convenient, discreet location that can provide help quickly and be covered by your insurance.
Chances are, you don’t know what you don’t know.
Here’s the skinny:
1. At least one out of 5 have a mental health condition and an addiction issue. This is probably closer to one out of 3 or 4 since Covid. Its usually a combo package – depression, anxiety and/or trauma (such as a PTDS) combined with a masking or pain/relieving behavior.
2. Attempting the quick fix in a “meth clinic” or a couple of trips to a doctor will probably leave you unsatisfied, untreated, and bound to repeat the behavior.
3. Getting to the root of your use will change not only the addictive behavior, but will provide the basis for how you act, react and process life moving forward to a full recovery. Taking the time to do this is the best investment in yourself you will ever make.
4. Research the program or service that will best allow you to live your life while being in treatment. It will help you to process where change needs to happen when you can actually be part of it. Outpatient Medically Assisted Treatment (MAT) combined with Intensive Outpatient Services (IOP) which include individual and outpatient therapy have proven the best combination to assess your individual needs and address them. Continue working or seeking employment, be a parent, do the healthy part of your routines and learn to do those better while being treated.
5. Allow yourself to remove any of your own perceived stigmas, guilt or judgement – even if you’ve relapsed. A team approach to your care will include professionals and possibly recovering addicts who will work to understand you, work to make you feel respected for your journey, help you to understand yourself and to feel in control of your own journey.
So, however you search it, there is a comprehensive program out there with your name on it. And, more folks out there, just like you. Wouldn’t you want them to get recovery? Go get it.
Symetria Recovery is the pioneer and leader in complete, personalized, evidence-based recovery care through outpatient opioid, heroin and alcohol (all substance use) treatment committed to providing state-of-the-art, whole-person care, not just the addictive or dependency behavior. Its unique approach to dependency is known as The Symetria Method. This method combines medication-assisted treatment (MAT), psychiatry, and support from a single treatment team of behavioral health, medical and psychiatric professionals to reduce the risk of relapse and give patients sustainable results. Symetria Recovery’s highly-successful outcomes have been validated by an independent, retrospective analysis of more than 1.5 billion commercial claims from 3+ million OUD patients for five years. The analysis demonstrates superior results on all metrics when compared with treatment as usual. 88% of patients recover from opioid addiction.