Tens of millions of people seek help for substance abuse and mental health disorders every year. Many people dealing with these issues, though, never receive the treatment they need. This is often because someone may not realize how serious their problem is. So, how do you know if you need help? It sounds like a complex question, but the answer can be very simple.

At Transformations Treatment Center, our goal is to ensure everyone who needs help has access to it. This is why we work with a variety of insurers, government programs and other funding sources. We also create customized treatment plans catering to each client’s specific needs. Before any of this can benefit someone, though, they must know when they need help.

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Too Many People Don’t Know if They Need Help

From drug addiction to posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), there are countless difficulties faced by Americans every day. Unfortunately, we saw these and similar issues get even worse during the coronavirus pandemic. Of course, not everyone going through a difficult situation has a mental health disorder. And contrary to popular belief, not everyone using drugs has an addiction.

These simple facts are what make it so difficult for people to know if they need help. Anxiety and stress are common among everyone, and doctors prescribe legal drugs every single day. The real issue arises because people don’t recognize that they’ve developed a serious problem. In fact, statistics show just how big of an issue this is.

  • Over one-quarter of people deal with some form of substance abuse in their lifetime.
  • 6% of Americans deal with a mental health issue during an average year.
  • One in every 20 Americans deals with a serious mental health issue during an average year.
  • Less than half of U.S. citizens with a mental health disorder receive treatment.
  • The average time before someone gets treatment for mental disorders is 11 years. 
  • 90% of Americans with a substance abuse disorder do not receive treatment.

These statistics show just how daunting a problem American currently has. Substance abuse, process addictions, and mental health disorders are all extremely common. Unfortunately, people failing to get proper treatment is also quite common. If you’ve never contacted a treatment center because you don’t know if you need help, it’s time to make a change.

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“Do I need addiction treatment?”

No two addictions are exactly the same. For instance, someone who develops a dependence on heroin will showcase very different symptoms than someone using cocaine. Fortunately, there are some telltale signs that transcend substance types. If you notice any of these issues in your life, it’s likely that you’d benefit from addiction treatment:

  • Prior attempts to cease use have been unsuccessful.
  • You’ve experienced financial or legal issues due to drug or alcohol use.
  • Family, career, and academic responsibilities have been ignored.
  • Continued use even after negative outcomes (e.g., arrests, damaged relationships).
  • Spending large amounts of time or money to acquire drugs.
  • Changes in behavior.
  • No longer taking part in activities you once enjoyed.
  • Strained relationships with friends and family.
  • Hiding or lying about your drug or alcohol abuse to loved ones.

“Do I need mental health treatment?” 

Like substance abuse, no two people experience mental health disorders in the same way. There are countless conditions a person could develop. And even if two people face the same disease, their experience with it can vary dramatically. If you notice any of the following red flags in your life, though, it’s probably time to seek mental health treatment:

  • Changes in mood or emotions.
  • Dramatic changes in sleep or appetite.
  • Withdrawing from friends, family, and favorite activities.
  • Feeling disconnected from others or yourself.
  • Exaggerated or unusual beliefs.
  • Uncharacteristic behaviors.
  • Excessive fear, sadness, or anxiety.
  • Physical signs of stress (e.g., headaches, muscle tension, etc.).
  • Difficulty “bouncing back” from difficult situations (e.g., deaths, losses, unlucky streaks, etc.).
  • Experiencing irritation easily.

You Know if You Need Help

While the symptoms mentioned in the previous two sections are major red flags, this is far from an exhaustive list. If you’re experiencing difficulties in life — even when these telltale signs aren’t apparent — don’t ever be afraid to reach out for help. You know yourself better than anyone else. If you feel like something isn’t right, don’t wait for the internet to confirm your beliefs.

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If You Need Help, Reach Out for It Today

Everyone experiences difficulties in life, but it can be difficult to know if you need help. There’s a pervasive belief in America that people should just tough it out. Far too many people also believe that those dealing with addiction should have to face the battle on their own. Both these views are inaccurate and dangerous, so if you need help, the time to reach out is now. 

At Transformations Treatment Center, our goal is to ensure each of our clients gets to a healthy place. For some, this could mean overcoming addiction and staying in recovery. For others, it could mean dealing with trauma they experienced decades beforehand. Knowing when you need help is essential, but seeking it is the most important thing you can do for your health.

Contact us today to learn how we can help you take your life back.

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