How to Ask for Help with Addiction - Indiana Drug & Alcohol Treatment

How Do You Ask for Help With an Addiction

Possibly, one of the hardest steps in recovery from drug or alcohol abuse is asking for help. Too many times, it can be driven by fear or deemed a weakness to ask for help to overcome an addiction. Here are a couple of important keys to asking for help and how you can go about getting started on your road of recovery.

Find Strength

When you’re suffering from a substance abuse problem, the disease will try to insist that you do not need help. Addiction may be the only ailment, which tries to convince you that you don’t have a problem. Addiction creates a number of defense mechanisms, one being a sense of weakness if you ask for help.

Fear of rejection, rationalization, and denial are powerful reasons that will cause an addict to insist that getting help is a sign of weakness. However, asking for help with an addiction is a true sign of strength. It is a first step towards developing a new-found sense of honesty and open-mindedness.

When you seek help for an addiction you will have found enough courage to admit you have a problem. This isn’t a weakness, it is a strength. You begin your journey in recovery as soon as you open up and ask for help. While it may feel like a weak point in your life, find the strength and courage to ask for help.

Avoid Fear

Fear is one of the most frequently talked about symptoms that fuels addiction. It comes in hundreds of forms and can cripple your life. Often, fear is a huge hurdle in asking for help. You may worry about rejection, damaging your image or that no one will understand.

Beyond the simple fear of rejection, you may be scared that there isn’t anyone or anything that can help you. There are mistaken assumptions that no one else will understand. While avoiding fear may seem difficult, all that’s necessary is to find a sliver of strength to just ask. When you ask for help, there are people who will welcome you with open arms.

Just Ask

Once you garner up enough strength to overcome any fear associated with asking for help, you will have overcome an important hurdle. All that remains is to decide what method you will use. You may still feel a little self-conscious about asking for help for an addiction.

If so, you can begin by sending an email to a substance abuse counselor or treatment center. Many treatment facilities also have websites available that offer a 24-hour chat option. Both email and chat are two ways you can start the process of getting help.

While these two methods will start the ball rolling towards recovery, they are also faceless ways to ask for something that could save your life. Using the phone to ask for help is a way to begin to step towards a growing sense of honesty and openness.

There are things that you can express far better in a personal conversation. Treatment facilities and counseling centers for addiction have caring staff available 24-hours a day. They are there to help guide you to the next step in recovery.

By picking up the phone, you will have someone who understands how important finding the strength to overcome your fear of asking for help can be. Each of these three ways to ask for help will work, but you can also walk into a treatment or counseling facility.

Personally stepping through the front door of a treatment facility is the ultimate form of courage. While any effort to get the critical help you need is a step in the right direction, a face-to-face meeting with another person can prove rewarding.

Live chats and personal phone calls also have the advantage of helping you avoid dangerous situations. Sometimes an addiction can be at a critical level without your even knowing it. When the consequences of getting help may be devastating, waiting around for an answer to an email message may not be a wise decision.

If you think you have a problem with drugs or alcohol, there is a distinct possibility that you do. While asking for help may seem like the hardest thing to do, it does not have to be. There people who understand, caring people who identify with how hard it can be. Help is there, all you have to do is ask. Reach out for help today at 866-698-0823, because tomorrow may be too late.

Medically Reviewed: September 25, 2019

Dr Ashley

Medical Reviewer

Chief Editor


All of the information on this page has been reviewed and verified by a certified addiction professional.

Dr Ashley Murray obtained her MBBCh Cum Laude in 2016. She currently practices in the public domain in South Africa. She has an interest in medical writing and has a keen interest in evidence-based medicine.

All of the information on this page has been reviewed and verified by a certified addiction professional.