Getting Back On Track

Addiction & Places For Help

At Home

Chances are you have a Mom, a Dad, and maybe a Sibling or two. These people can be crucial in getting back on track after being led on the path of Drug and Substance abuse. They usually are the first go-to for people trying to break Addiction. There are many reasons for this. The obvious one: They care about you. They love you. But, there are many others as well. For example, since they are older than you, they probably have already seen someone battle this problem. They might know what works and what doesn't. It is also very helpful to know that someone's got your back. Just as this poem says, "The times of crises and hardships are times for the family to stay close together," if anyone will help, it's your family.

At School

It doesn't matter if you are in Elementary, Middle or High School. Some things are just the same. Things like trustworthy adults, such as your teachers. It is their job to be there for you. To help you out. And that's why next to their family, many people choose to ask for assistance in school. Guidance Counselors, Teachers, etc. can be extremely useful. These adults know how to help as they were taught where to go and what to do before they even got the job.

Now, you may be wondering why people may give a pass on the family and head straight to school. The reasons differ by each individual. For example, not every family has the same view on Addiction. At school, while everyone is entitled to their personal opinions, whomever you approach for help should help. Also, since most adults whom you might ask for help have worked at the school for a long time, there is an even higher chance of success because they've seen and dealt with similar cases.

In The Community

The community is another good place for support. One of the best things about the community is that there are many places and many ways to get back on track. Some of the most common ones include Medical Institutions, Occupational Therapy, Support Groups, Community Centers (i.e. YMCA) and, arguably the most popular, Rehabilitation or Rehab.

One of the advantages of confiding in to a doctor or medical practitioner is that they are sworn to secrecy. Whatever you tell them stays with them. They also have undergone years of training, so it is highly likely that they can give you some good advice.

Support Groups are another well-used solution to Addiction. With support groups, you can easily meet a lot of people who may have already gone through this difficulty or who know someone who has. Another pro is that they are usually held at easily accessible locations, such as Churches.

Lastly, Rehab. In this way, you have a place to stay (It's a live-in resolution) and therapy at the same time. Rehabilitation has also been popularized by the media and celebrities and has a considerably high success rate.

The community is often chosen because the patient doesn't know their supporters, so it is in a way, a temporary solution. On the other hand, though, you can also meet great people and make long-lasting relationships.

So, To Sum It Up...

Don't do it. It's as simple as that. It is really easy to get addicted to drugs and substances. Once you get started, it is very difficult to stop; even with all the places for help. So, why do it in the first place?

No one can force you to do anything. But, they can influence you. I hope this "Smore" has persuaded you to make the right decision when the time comes.