Get Help for Addictive Behaviors

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Don’t let drug or alcohol dependence rob you of a quality life.

You know you can’t go on this way much longer. Your drug or alcohol addiction is destroying your relationships, your career, and your health.

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Reasons to get help:

•  Calling in sick at work, showing up late, or making errors could cause you to lose your job.

•  You can destroy relationships with your family and friends.

•  You risk injuring yourself or others.

•  You are destroying vital organs in your body that cannot be fixed.

•  You are putting yourself at risk of contracting a sexually transmitted infection including HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.

•  Using non-sterile needles increases your risk of hepatitis or blood poisoning.

•  You could die due to an overdose.

You’re not alone

•  If you are working, find out if your employer has an Employee Assistance Program (EAP). With this, you can get help at work with a counselor. You do not need to give your employer a reason for your request. The information you share with your counselor remains private.

•  Ask your doctor or health care provider  for referrals.

•  Find out about substance abuse services in your area from 1.800.662.HELP (662-4357) or www.findtreatment.samhsa.gov.

•  Admit yourself into a drug treatment clinic.

•  Look for area support groups, such as:

– Alcoholics Anonymous at www.aa.org

– Cocaine Anonymous at www.ca.org

– Narcotics Anonymous at www.na.org

Action Step

Don’t wait. Seek help. Take it one step at a time and be prepared to fight for your life. Believe that you and the people who love you are worth it.

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