What do I do now?
Know that there are people who want to help. Our resource section is a one-stop place with all the information you need. You’ll find out where you can get that help and get answers to some tough questions.
We draw heavily on the philosophy of Faces and Voices of Recovery (FAVOR), which advances the concept that there are many paths to recovery. We know this to be true.
“Recovery can begin in a doctor’s office, treatment center, church, prison, peer support meeting or in one’s own home,” FAVOR points out. Approaches include medical treatment, private and public treatment programs, social-support groups, faith-based initiatives, and self-directed recovery. Your journey can be guided by religious faith, spiritual experience or secular teachings.
If one program, method or meeting doesn’t work for you, try another until you find one that does. As the National Institute of Drug Abuse says in the very first of its Thirteen Principles of Effective Drug Addiction Treatment: “No single treatment is appropriate for all individuals. Matching treatment settings, interventions and services to each patient’s problems and needs is critical.”
We respect the reality that some people identify themselves as “problem” users who are not clinically or psychologically addicted to their substance or substances of choice. As Narcotics Anonymous says in its helpful pamphlet, “Am I an addict?”, only you can answer the question. But if you feel don’t have a drug or drinking problem ’cept when you can’t get a drug or drink, recalling the Tom Waits lyrics, consider that you’ve may have crossed the threshold.
In any event, recognizing that you need to do something is the first step toward a more fulfilling life and we’re here to help.