What to Do: Mental Illness & Addiction Guide
Addiction – Mild or Moderate Condition
When to Call Your Doctor
If you are concerned about your overuse or abuse of any type of substance, including alcohol, prescription painkillers or illegal drugs, please consider going to your doctor to talk about your situation, and make sure that there are no underlying physical or medical concerns that must also be addressed. Withdrawal from alcohol is dangerous and can cause serious seizures or heart conditions resulting in death. Please do not detoxify yourself (or help someone else) without proper medical care or oversight.
Your doctor may be able to help assess what level of treatment you should receive (inpatient or outpatient) and give you some resources able to help.
Additionally, you may want to call your insurance company to see what the coverage is available for inpatient or outpatient addiction services. If you don’t have insurance, read about our Financial Assistance Policy
Another option if the case is not severe is to call your Employee Assistance Professional through your HR department at work.
Talk to Your Loved One About Getting Help
If you are concerned about a loved one’s use or abuse of substances, please consider speaking with them in a loving and non-judgmental way (when they are sober) and encourage them to seek treatment. You can help assist them with finding treatment, but the person suffering from the addiction illness must want to seek help—meaning, treatment for addiction services is done on a voluntary basis only. If they do not wish to seek help, you cannot force them into a treatment facility.
Wondering what to do in the meantime or need extra support? Visit an Al-Anon meeting or support group. Many times there will be other family members there who have been where you are and will offer support, information, and techniques to assist you during this difficult time.