The Ohio Substance Abuse Monitoring Network reported that substances such as black-tar heroin and crack cocaine have become extremely accessible in Columbus, OH. The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services rates the availability on a scale of one through 10 based on interviews and statistics that have been gathered in research studies. Right now, they've rated Ohio as a 10 for accessibility putting residents at one of the highest risks of gaining a drug addiction in the country.
Accessibility makes kicking an addiction harder than ever. If you or someone you know is trying to kick the habit here are some steps you can take to put yourself in the right direction.
Accept Your Problem
You first need to accept that you have a problem. When you can say that you have a problem only then will you be able to start looking for treatment options. Tell someone that cares about you that you have a problem to make it as real as possible and to get some assistance.
Your next step is to seek some sort of treatment. At this point you've developed a physical dependency on the drug and need outside help to kick the habit. Treatment facilities are trained in the best practices to help make the transition as smooth and easy as possible for you. You'll have weak moments from time to time and it's essential that you have some sort of support system there to hold you up during these periods.
After treatment it's up to you to make a change. You've been led in the right direction and have pushed away the physical dependency you had on drugs. Stay steady and continue on the path to success to improve your life. You'll be a much happier person and the people around you will be more open to being a part of your life.
Should You Travel for Treatment?
For many of those addicted to drugs or alcohol, your first course of action will be in deciding geographically where you want to attend treatment. While those who are interested in outpatient care will be best served by attending a treatment center in their hometown, those who are concerned about privacy or who need to make special arrangements for their care may be interested in going to surrounding cities and traveling for treatment.
For example, you may prefer a faith-based approach to recovery that matches your religious choices. In other situations, your choice of drug and alcohol rehab center may be solely based on how holistic the center’s approach to recovery is. In either of these cases, travel may be necessary in order to fulfill your personal requirements for treatment. We can help you make the decision on whether or not travel for treatment will be the right choice for you or your loved one. At your convenience, please call our toll-free number to speak with a representative who can help you make these critical decisions and others as well.