What resources are available to those struggling with addiction?
To help you find the necessary resources to help you through addiction, we asked addiction experts and business leaders this question for their best advice. From medication assisted treatment to structured living, there are several resources that may help you with your addiction.
Here are seven resources available to those struggling with addiction:
- Medication Assisted Treatment
- I Am Sober App
- Structured Living
- Support Groups
- Outdoor Connection
- Specialty Support
- Recovery Coach
Medication Assisted Treatment
As an outpatient addiction rehab center, we are well versed in the struggles individuals suffering from addiction face. In addition to all the external resources listed on our site, we offer a variety of counseling services to supplement our Medication Assisted Treatment approach. The key is finding a program that works for you and makes you feel supported throughout your recovery, which is why we offer individual and group outpatient counseling as well as intensive addiction counseling. In addition, we find that many people are in need of psychiatric treatment, and we provide that as well for our patients with diagnosable mental health disorders.
Dan Reck, MATClinics
I Am Sober App
I Am Sober app is a tremendously helpful resource for anyone struggling with an addiction. The well-thought-out design of the app is not only aesthetically pleasing but also easy to use and navigate. Most importantly, though, it helps you stay accountable and motivated. In addition to various types of trackers and calculators, it includes an “analyze triggers” module, which helps you notice what is most helpful, as well as most challenging, in your quest to resist your addiction. This has been an absolute eye-opener.
Lastly, the story sharing option is a great reminder that you’re not in this by yourself. Keeping a journal for yourself or sharing it with others via photos and text entries has been very fulfilling. Cheering each other on, exchanging strategies, etc., gives it a social element where you feel less isolated.
Jagoda Wieczorek, ResumeLab
Sober living homes are a safe place for those suffering from addiction to live. They provide regular drug tests, 12-step meetings, and other forms of structured living. Studies have shown that staying in a sober living home for six months that requires attendance in a 12-step group decreases the odds of arrest or criminal offense by 80%.
Taylor Andrews, Serenity Falls Living
We live in a golden era for those seeking help with substance use disorder. There are faith-based programs like Alcoholics Anonymous, secular groups such as LifeRing Secular Recovery, and podcasts of all flavors. Women-focused options include She Recovers Foundation and Women for Sobriety. Whatever your philosophy, temperament, or background, I’m confident you can find the help you need.
Mary Beth O’Connor, She Recovers Foundation
Coming up on five years sober, I have found getting out into nature, walking in the park, breathing deeply in and out as I walk made all the difference. I observe the finite sounds, smells, colors, and life forms. Connecting to the world outside has brought me great joy that I did not have before sobriety. I suggest going out into nature and finding a place to sit on the ground to close your eyes and connect with the beautiful person inside. Think loving thoughts to yourself and release all the patterns that no longer serve your highest good.
Janice Jensen, Aat the Ranch
There are a considerable amount of resources available to someone struggling with addiction, and it’s helpful to pursue both professional and peer support organizations. When seeking professional support, it’s always helpful to find professionals who specialize specifically in addiction recovery and not just general mental health. Many doctors, therapists, and psychiatrists receive little to no specific training in addiction recovery. Finding a licensed therapist who specializes in addiction is often a great place to start.
Dr. Michael Damioli, Colorado Medication Assisted Recovery
Therapy and recovery coaching can work hand in hand with some great medically assisted therapy programs. The idea behind recovery coaching is that it moves your forward and is more progressive in terms of accountability. They teach you how to live life to its fullest sober so that you are well on your way to a new and more rewarding life. Together they are a powerful force.
Dr. Cali Estes, The Addictions Coach