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How Do I Get Help for Substance Use?

Substance use disorders affect millions of Americans each year. Fortunately, professional help has become increasingly available due to healthcare reforms developed in response to this growing need. By contacting a rehab center such as Guardian Recovery that provides a comprehensive approach to treatment, you can gain access to a wide variety of programs, therapies, and other support services. 

Our goal is to ensure you receive specialized care that addresses your substance use issues and any underlying factors that may adversely affect your physical and psychological well-being. Reach out to Guardian Recovery to get started on your recovery journey.

Do I Have a Drug or Alcohol Use Issue?

One of the first steps to drug or alcohol use problem is to assess your behaviors regarding substances to determine if they are adversely affecting your life. Areas of life that could be affected include relationships, work performance, and mental or physical health. 

Signs of Drug or Alcohol Dependence Include:

  1. Using the substance in larger amounts and for longer than you intended. 
  2. Experiencing urges to use the substance.
  3. Being unable to reduce or control substance use despite multiple attempts.
  4. Spending significant time obtaining, using, or recovering from the substance’s effects.
  5. Neglecting responsibilities at work, school, or home due to substance use.
  6. Continuing to use the substance, despite its impact on relationships.
  7. Neglecting social or recreational activities due to substance use.
  8. Using substances repeatedly, even when it puts you in harm’s way.
  9. Continuing to use the substance despite ongoing health issues caused or worsened by it.
  10. Developing a tolerance or a need to use increasing amounts of the substance to achieve the desired effects.
  11. Experiencing withdrawal symptoms.

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You Are Not Alone

According to the National Center for Drug Abuse Statistics (NCDAS), in 2020, more than 59 million Americans aged 12 and older used illicit drugs or misused prescription medications in the past year. 28.5 million people had an alcohol use disorder. Just like you, these individuals faced various challenges, including withdrawal symptoms, cravings, a lack of accountability, and the risk of relapse. Professional treatment provides care and support to those who have failed in the past to get sober and a community of peers who can share their experiences and offer guidance.

Contact Guardian Recovery today to learn how we can provide you with holistic care and support so you no longer feel alone or powerless against drug and alcohol dependence.

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Can I Stop Drinking or Using Substances on My Own?

It is possible to quit using alcohol and drugs on your own, but health experts do not recommend it. A primary reason is that discontinuing a substance without assistance does not address the many underlying factors contributing to its development. Receiving professional help and support from behavioral health specialists will increase your chances of successfully recovering. 

Why Quitting Drug Use or Drinking Can Be Difficult

Dependence on substances is associated with withdrawal symptoms when use is abruptly stopped. These effects are highly unpleasant and can be severe or even life-threatening in some cases. Undergoing detox is far safer under medical supervision, so vital signs can be monitored and medications can be administered to manage symptoms.

Withdrawal symptoms can also include strong cravings, and these may be very difficult to cope with without professional support and accountability.

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What Is the First Step To Quitting Substance Use & Beginning Recovery?

The first step to quitting substance use is to acknowledge you have a problem and seek professional treatment. This may be a comprehensive inpatient or outpatient program with evidence-based therapies, services, and activities. The important thing is to reach out for assistance promptly to be assessed, diagnosed, and begin the recovery process.

What Treatment Options & Care Are Available?

A full spectrum of treatment options is available that can be provided on an inpatient or outpatient basis. Each program includes personalized, evidence-based strategies and services intended to ensure each client is provided with the skills, tools, and support they need to overcome substance misuse and foster a fulfilling, healthy life.

Available Treatment Options Include:

  • Individual therapy, including cognitive behavioral therapy.
  • Group therapy.
  • Family therapy.
  • Experiential activities, including art and music therapy.
  • Mindfulness meditation.
  • Ketamine treatment.
  • Transcranial stimulation.
  • Medication-assisted treatment.

How Do I Know What Would Be the Best Program for Me?

A treatment advisor can help you determine the program and treatment options that may be most beneficial in your case. Using the information garnered from your assessment, they will develop a comprehensive, personalized care plan that takes into account your specific needs and goals. 

Factors Considered in This Process Include:

  • The substance(s) you are misusing.
  • The severity and duration of your misuse.
  • Your medical and psychiatric history.
  • Your treatment history.
  • Social and environmental effects that impact your life.
  • Your cultural and diversity needs, including your beliefs, values, gender, and language preferences.
  • Your insurance coverage and any financial constraints.
  • Your motivation for change and recovery.

Will I Receive Counseling & Therapy for My Mental Health?

You can receive therapy, counseling, and other treatment strategies for your mental health. Many individuals struggling with substance use also suffer from psychiatric issues, such as depression, anxiety, or bipolar disorder. Those who experience more than one condition can receive treatment to address them simultaneously. 

What Is the Treatment Process for Someone Looking To Quit Substance Use?

If you are motivated to quit using drugs or alcohol, the first step is to seek professional help to undergo an assessment and receive a diagnosis for your condition. Behavioral health specialists will design a personalized treatment plan to address your unique needs and underlying factors contributing to mental health issues. 

Most programs start with a medical detox that typically lasts a few days. When detox is complete, you will move on to inpatient or outpatient treatment. You and your treatment advisor will work together to determine which program is most suitable for you.

The goal is to address your physical, mental, and emotional needs using a holistic treatment approach. To achieve this, you will be provided with a variety of treatment strategies, including several forms of therapy, experiential activities, group support, medication-assisted treatment, and other evidence-based methodologies.

Common Therapies & Other Treatment Approaches Include:

  • Individual therapy.
  • Group therapy.
  • Family therapy.
  • Psychoeducation.
  • Mindfulness meditation.
  • Art and music therapy.
  • Medication-assisted treatment.
  • Aftercare and ongoing support.

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How Will Treatment Affect My Work?

You will not be able to work during inpatient treatment, but outpatient programs are much more flexible and are more likely to accommodate you. Many people who participate in a residential program are honest and open with their employers and are able to take sick leave from work. It’s important to communicate with your healthcare team and employer to discuss accommodations that can be made to support your treatment needs. 

What To Look For in a Treatment Facility

Choosing the right treatment facility and program is vital for the recovery process. There are several features to look for in order to make an informed decision.

Essential Features Include:

  • Accreditation by recognized organizations, such as the Joint Commission, and licensing by the state. (2)
  • Comprehensive assessments, including psychological, social, and medical evaluations.
  • Qualified staff, including licensed and experienced professionals such as doctors, therapists, and addiction counselors.
  • Medical detox services that provide supervision throughout the withdrawal process.
  • Evidence-based therapies, such as cognitive behavioral therapy, and other services that align with your needs and preferences
  • Family involvement for added support.
  • Continuity of care, or step-down levels of care, which gradually reduce in intensity. 
  • Aftercare planning and relapse prevention strategies.
  • Client privacy and confidentiality measures that adhere to HIPAA guidelines and ensure your information cannot be accessed by other parties.

How Long Is a Substance Use & Addiction Treatment Program?

Treatment programs typically range from several weeks to a few months, or for as long as needed for an individual to achieve their recovery goals. Their duration depends on several factors, including the substance misused, the severity of the disorder, and the person’s other needs. It’s also crucial to remember that recovery is a lifelong process, and ongoing support may be necessary even after formal treatment is completed.

What Happens After Completing the Treatment Program?

Aftercare planning is a critical component of any treatment program and is intended to provide long-term services and support for those who have completed formal treatment. Aftercare planning typically includes continued therapy, 12-step meetings, medication management, alumni activities, and other ongoing forms of support. Before discharge, a case manager can provide referrals for professional help and suggest resources that can be accessed as needed.

Does Insurance Cover Treatment?

According to the Affordable Care Act, insurance plans are required to provide mental health and substance use disorder services as an essential health benefit. Guardian Recovery accepts most major and regional health insurance providers. We can contact your provider to help you determine what services are covered, and if you may be responsible for covering copays or a deductible.

Who Can I Talk to for Help?

You can speak to a treatment advisor 24/7 by reaching out to Guardian Recovery by phone or you can contact us via email or our contact form. You can also call the national helpline (1-800-662-4357) at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), to be connected to local treatment resources and support. If you are currently under the care of a medical provider or therapist, they may also be able to advise you on the next steps to take to begin the recovery process.

Reach Out to Guardian Network To Learn More

If you are struggling with drug or alcohol dependence, you are not alone. Many individuals have faced similar challenges and have achieved long-lasting recovery through intensive treatment and by achieving their long-term goals. You are urged to reach out to Guardian Network today for a free assessment and no-obligation health insurance benefits check. Learn more about our comprehensive approach to treatment and commitment to helping our clients recover and foster the long-lasting health and wellness they deserve.

Reviewed professionally for accuracy by:

Ryan Soave


Ryan Soave brings deep experience as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, certified trauma therapist, program developer, and research consultant for Huberman Lab at Stanford University Department of Neurobiology. Post-graduation from Wake Forest University, Ryan quickly discovered his acumen for the business world. After almost a decade of successful entrepreneurship and world traveling, he encountered a wave of personal and spiritual challenges; he felt a calling for something more. Ryan returned to school and completed his Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling. When he started working with those suffering from addiction and PTSD, he found his passion. He has never looked back.


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