Have To Cost A Lot?
Did I grab your interest? Sorry--this is not a free treatment center. Actually, it is not a treatment center at all. Of course, there are some that look like this, but the majority of options for recovery are much less intimidating, closer to home, and more within our financial means (some options are absolutely free).
If you are completely overwhelmed and don't know where to turn, I recommend that you begin by trying one or more of these options:
Al-Anon is made up of concerned family members and friends--just like you. These groups are invaluable when it comes to bonding with others who are experiencing the same struggles.
AA and NA
In "Why Don't They JUST QUIT?" I devote an entire chapter to the importance of 12-Step Groups. Hundreds of thousands of people have found sobriety through these groups. No matter what method a person uses to begin recovery, the most critical component of sustained recovery is being a part of a group of "like-minded individuals".
These meetings can be found in most towns and cities worldwide and are absolutely FREE. A phone call to the local AA representative will provide you with locations and times.
Speak with a counselor at a recovery center
Good, sound advice is just a phone call away. Recovery centers have trained professionals available to help you assess your situation and to steer you in the right direction.
A good start would be to explore some of the links we provide on our Changing Lives Foundation website. We have chosen only resources that we feel offer proven results.
Please Note: There is a confusing array of literature available to those seeking to quit alcohol and drugs. Beware of books that promise a "miracle cure" or a way to quit "all by yourself".
Faith based groups
Groups such as "Celebrate Recovery" and "Christians in Recovery" provide no-cost resources for the addict/alcoholic, as well as their family members.
The Salvation Army
Click this link to find the Salvation Army Adult Rehab Center nearest to you.
Your local Rescue Mission can provide treatment and support at a low cost and/or in return for community service. Search Google (type in "Rescue Missions") for the center nearest to you.
Last but not least, if you find that your spouse, friend or loved one has landed in jail or prison, rest assured that this is NOT the end of the world. A few days or weeks in jail may be just what this person needs in order to motivate them to make some dramatic changes in their life.
Click Here to Download Free Brochure
Contact with the criminal justice system is an opportunity for you to make a positive change.
For a more in-depth description of each of these topics, and more money-saving tips, read Chapter 15 of "Why Don't They JUST QUIT" (Does Treatment Have To Cost A Lot?).
* Have you “tried everything?” Learn about affordable phone counseling for family members dealing with addiction.
MORE ASK JOE:
> Is a relapse—failure?
> If someone can stop using drugs or alcohol for weeks at a time, they “aren’t an addict—correct?
>Chronic Pain Management & Pain Pill Addiction: What to do?
>How can I know if my addicted friend or loved one is telling the truth?
>”I need help because I’m not able to deal with my live-in Fiance’s need to get drunk every night.”
>Should my husband “back off?”
>Gambling vs. Drug Addiction? What is your opinion?
>How can I tell if someone is an addict/alcoholic or just a heavy user?
>What is Methadone? What is Harm Reduction?
> Self-Tests: Codependence
> Self-Tests: Alcohol and Drug Addiction
Sign up for our Free Changing Lives E-Newsletter!