It is never too early or too late to seek treatment for narcotic abuse. As soon as you recognize drug misuse, you should seek help.
When Should I Seek Treatment for Narcotic Abuse?
Knowing when to seek treatment isn’t always easy, but try to remember that it is never too early––or too late––to ask for help. Call (800) 407-7195(Who Answers?) now to find safe, reliable treatment options in facilities that will cater to your needs.
Seeking Treatment for Early Abuse
Some individuals realize early on that they require help for narcotic abuse. You may have begun misusing your prescription medication or taking someone else’s drugs, but the important thing is that you realize you need help. As stated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, people obtain narcotics from “friends, family members, medicine cabinets, pharmacies, nursing homes, hospitals, hospices, doctors, and the Internet.”
The moment you realize how dangerous your opioid use is and that you should seek help, it is important to do so immediately.
Treatment can still be helpful during early abuse. While you may not yet be severely addicted to the drug, you will still likely struggle with some withdrawal symptoms if you have been taking opioids regularly for a month or more.
Medically assisted withdrawal can ensure your symptoms will be less severe and that you will be able to recover as safely as possible without the potential of relapse.
Seeking Treatment for Addiction
Some individuals do not realize they need help until they are already addicted to a drug. The National Institute on Drug Abuse states, “Long-term use results in significant changes in brain function that can persist long after the individual stops using drugs,” and it becomes almost impossible for someone to fight these changes––let alone reverse them in a permanent way––without the help of rehab.
If you realize that your drug abuse has gotten out of your control, that you are severely dependent on and addicted to narcotics, and you are experiencing dangerous and unhealthy side effects, you absolutely must seek treatment.
You can make a change in your life, even at a point where you have been abusing narcotics for a long time, but you will need the tools to do so. Addiction rehab can help you in this way, and even those who have been abusing opioids for a long period of time can begin to slowly make a change to their lives.
Seek Treatment Now
The best time to seek treatment is when you realize you may have a problem. Even if your problem is small now, it can become worse over time if you continue to ignore it. Realizing you need help and finding it is the first step toward getting better, toward making a change.
You should never wait to seek help for narcotic abuse. Opioids can cause severe respiratory depression when abused in high doses, as well as a number of other serious side effects, and overdose can be deadly. It is necessary that you get help immediately and begin rehab as soon as you can in order to have the safest, strongest recovery possible.
Don’t leave yourself in a dangerous situation; call (800) 407-7195(Who Answers?) to find treatment options that will help you and to speak with one of our recovery experts about specific facilities, payment plans, and more. Call now.