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Everyone Needs Some Help Sometime

Everyone needs a little help at some point in their life. Life can throw us some curveballs but sometimes people don’t always handle it properly. Work, home life, family and friends can be triggers for behaviors that we aren’t always proud of but there are others out their willing and able and trained to help.

Treatment Centers are available for all types of illness, disorder and diagnosis. Seeking a professional opinion first is most important. Self diagnosing is never a good choice.

According to a report published by the Journal of the American Medical Association*:

  • Thirty-seven percent of alcohol abusers and 53 percent of drug abusers also have at least one serious mental illness.
  • Of all people diagnosed as mentally ill, 29 percent abuse either alcohol or drugs.

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If you think you have a problem, addition, dependency take a few moments to answer the following questions. The results could change your life forever.

1. Do you use drugs or alcohol on a regular basis (one day or more per week)?
2. Have you ever missed work, school or an appointment because of your drug or alcohol use?
3. Do most of the people in your life use drugs or alcohol on a regular basis?
4. Have you ever abused prescription drugs or used them for recreational purposes?
5. Have you ever tried to quit using alcohol or drugs and been unable to?
6. Have you ever experienced a blackout from drug or alcohol use?
7. Do you find yourself apologizing for your behavior when you have used drugs or alcohol?
8. Do you ever drink or use drugs by yourself?
9. Do your family or friends voice concerns about your drug or alcohol use?
10. Do you find yourself including drugs and alcohol in your recreational activities?
11. Do you ever find yourself using alcohol or drugs first thing in the morning to take the edge off?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you or someone you know may have a serious problem with drugs or alcohol.

Help can be found in many places. Spiritual advisors, school counselors, support groups and rehab centers are the best options. Friends and family should be supportive and uplifting and willing to help you get the help you need.
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