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Getting Out: Finding the Help You Need

Sometimes if you have only recently started to experience problems due to drug use you may find yourself believing that something other than your using is responsible for your problems. It will be hard to see how curtailing your drug use by drinking less and changing your patterns could remove the difficulties. It may even be the case that your use over time has developed as a way of self-medicating or altering the way you feel in response to other situations in your life or possibly other mental health issues, like trauma, depression, or anxiety.
 
Or maybe your relationship with a drug has progressed to the point where the drug is so much a part of your life you can no longer picture life without the drug. Coming to a decision to stop using a drug is often accompanied by fear and confusion. Fear that life may be overwhelming or miserable without the drug. Confusion about what is causing your problems; thinking that if many of the difficulties and inequity of the world could somehow be eliminated you would no longer feel a need to use.

If you have decided that what you need is to stop doing whatever you've been doing there is plenty of help available. Make an appointment to come in, check out some of the resources below, or follow the other links for more information to help you decide on your next step.

Resources for Help

The Addiction Center of Broome County (607) 723-7308
1-800-771-6402
Offers outpatient treatment and assessment services.
Alcoholics Anonymous (607) 722-5983 Call for meeting times and locations
Narcotics Anonymous (607) 774-4900 Call for meeting times and locations
Al-Anon & Alateen (607) 722-0889 Call for meeting times and locations
Co-Dependents Anonymous (607) 687-5620  
Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program (CPEP) (607) 762-2302
1-800-451-0560
24-hour crisis hotline and confidential psychiatric advice.
University Counseling Center (607) 777-2772 counseling.binghamton.edu
Sober Recovery   soberrecovery.com/links/themeindex
About Alcohol   alcoholism.about.com


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Last Updated: 5/20/14