You have an addiction, but you’re too busy to get help. Maybe you work two jobs and come home to a hungry family. Maybe you travel often and spend more time in airplanes than in bed. Maybe you just have a million hobbies and can’t find the time to get help. Well, it turns out you just don’t want help, because there is no such thing as being too busy to get help with your addiction.
You have several options across a wide range. There are hotlines you can call, meetings you can attend, outpatient recovery facilities you can join, and partial hospitalization options for you. Never say you’re too busy again.
A gigantic number of help hotlines exist, and for all types of needs. The calls are always free of charge. Literally type your addiction and the word ‘hotline’ into a search bar and pick up the phone. American Addiction Centers offers a hotline for addiction and its co-occurring disorders, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has a national helpline offering information, support, and referral if necessary, for a wide array of disorders. Both are open 24/7/365. For the addiction hotline call 1-888-986-1295 and for the helpline call 1-800-662-HELP (4357).
At no cost to you other than the gasoline to get there, meetings for all types of addictions are held nationwide. They last about an hour, but people are welcome to stay however long they like. You may have heard of AA, or Alcoholics Anonymous. They paved the way for the many other 12-step programs out there. Find an AA meeting near you here, or a NA (Narcotics Anonymous) meeting near you here.
Not all rehabilitation programs require an upheaval or your life. Outpatient recovery allows you to check in with appointment-like structure to a treatment facility. Most insurance companies will cover most of or all of the cost. The best part of outpatient recovery is being able to balance it with work, family, school, or whatever else may be going on in your life. Discussions, detoxification, medicine management, exercise, and education are all part of outpatient recovery.
Enrolling in partial hospitalization is for those addicts with severe symptoms. All the benefits of a hospital are available, including the knowledgeable staff, the equipment, and the medications. Partial hospitalization as defined by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities is “time limited, medically supervised programs that offer comprehensive, therapeutically intensive, coordinated, and structured clinical services.” Most programs are five days a week, but there are weekend sessions, half-sessions, etc. A partial hospitalization will still allow for a normal life outside of recovery, but will consume more time than the previous methods.