Find Local Treatment Options
Call 800-481-6320 to speak with an alcohol or drug abuse counselor.

How to Talk to Your Doctor about Addiction

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, addiction is a prevalent disorder it today’s society. It is an unfortunate fact that many people are addicted to a variety of drugs. If you are one of those people and want to end the addiction, it is important to tell a doctor. You might feel guilty or ashamed about the addiction but doctors and treatment centers are there to help you.

Who to Tell

Although you may be worried about telling anyone, telling the right people is extremely important. There are a few things that you should consider before choosing who to tell. You will feel embarrassed or even guilty about the drug use. So consider:

  • Choosing someone you know and who knows you.
  • Choosing someone who specialized in your addiction or in addiction in general.
  • Choosing someone you trust and who will help you find the treatment you need.
  • Choosing a treatment center or referral line that can help you decide on treatment.

All of these are viable options as to who to tell.

Be Honest

When you talk to your doctor, be honest. There is nothing gained by not telling an addiction specialist or a doctor the truth about your addiction. Keep in mind that you are there to get help and they are the ones to best provide it. Only by being honest can your healthcare practitioner understand the problem and treat it.

Not telling the truth might be detrimental to your health. If someone is not honest, treatment mistakes might happen. Withdrawal and detoxification may be a very dangerous if you do not tell them exactly what you were on and how much of it you take. There are ways to make sure that you do not experience the worst of the withdrawal symptoms but those ways are deadly if the wrong one is administered.

Types of Treatment to Consider

Talk to Your Doctor about Addiction

Being honest with your doctor will ensure that you receive the appropriate treatment for your needs.

There are several types of treatment to consider. You will want to discuss these with your doctor or treatment center, before making a final decision on treatment.

  • Inpatient treatment – this is residential treatment. It lasts 14 days, 28 days, 30 days, or sometimes as much as 90 days depending on your addiction and your progress.
  • Outpatient treatment – this is nonresidential treatment and can last any amount of time that you feel that you need.

Both of these treatment types might involve:

  • Individual and group counseling
  • Medication
  • Holistic treatments
  • Herbal medicine
  • Meditation
  • Exercise programs such as yoga or swimming
  • Psychotherapy

Many treatment centers offer these treatments. You just have to find the one that offers the treatments that you want.

Tips for Finding the Right Drug Rehab Center

How to Find Treatment When You Decide

Finding treatment is not difficult. There are many options to consider after you talk to your doctor about addiction. For help with these options, call us at 800-481-6320. We can help you figure out your treatment options, talk to your doctor, or find the correct treatment for you.

More Rehab Centers Resources

Understanding Alcoholism Treatment

Alcoholism treatment can help you overcome your addiction!

Alcoholism is a dangerous condition that requires immediate treatment. For those who can’t stop drinking alcohol on their own there are options available that can provide help. Alcoholism treatment is providing in a number of ways, most often beginning with alcoholism detoxification and then on to alcoholism rehab centers. For severe cases of alcoholism where….

Continue reading

The Importance of Long Term Rehab Centers for Men in Recovery

long term rehab

According to the National Institutes on Drug Abuse, men are far more likely than women to abuse drugs. This puts men at a drastically increased risk of dependence and addiction. However, there are a number of treatment options available to men seeking to get away from drugs or alcohol, and recover from the dangerous disease….

Continue reading

About Marijuana and Marijuana Addiction

Marijuana addiction can lead to other problems!

Marijuana is a plant that people smoke or eat in order to sustain the hallucinogenic effects that alter the sense of time, sound, touch and sight. Most people who use marijuana believe that it is not a dangerous drug nor that it has any type of addicting qualities but this is untrue. Marijuana use results….

Continue reading

How Drug Rehab Helps Families

Your family will be a big part of your drug rehab program!

Addicts are not the only ones affected by drug or alcohol addiction. The families of those who suffer from addiction often suffer just as much or even more than the addict themselves. For the families of those addicted to drugs or alcohol feelings of hopelessness, tiredness, frustration and fear can be overwhelming, especially to the….

Continue reading

5 Signs Inpatient Drug Rehab is Right for You

drug abuse

Addiction affects different people in different ways, though certain signs of addiction should not be taken lightly. Long-time addicts well know how hard it can be to manage or control drug-using behaviors, with many opting to just give in to addiction’s hold. Likewise, people who’ve gone in and out of drug treatment on multiple occasions….

Continue reading

What Makes Holistic Drug Rehab Different?

Let holistic drug rehab help you on a deeper level!

You’ve been in drug rehab before, you’ve tried to do what it takes to heal and overcome addiction and yet you have relapsed once, twice or even many times—but why? Why is it that the drug rehab that you have tried in the past hasn’t worked and what is it going to take to get….

Continue reading

Are You Enabling a Drug Addict?

Enabling a drug addicts can cause further problems.

Many times it’s the family and friends that make it possible for a drug addict to continue using. It’s not that the loved ones of these addicts plan to enable them or that they want to but more so that they just don’t realize that they are doing so. When a family member or a….

Continue reading

5 Signs Your Loved One Needs Alcohol Rehab

Help your loved one find an alcohol rehab center!

When you have a loved one who you are particularly close to and you realize that he or she may be in trouble it can be devastating. Sometimes, we notice that our loved ones need help for their alcoholism long before they are willing to admit that there is a problem—but what is a loved one….

Continue reading

Still can't find the help you are looking for?Get Started Now
Accepted Insurances / View the full list
For inquiries call800-481-6320

Accepted Insurances Does My Insurance
Cover This?

Pin It on Pinterest

Shares
Share This