First steps

Some things to know

Need help with a loved one's addiction problem – or your own? Here are a few things to get you started. Our coaches can walk you through these in more detail, and help you think about what comes next. 

1. Detox may be needed

Sometimes a medically managed detox is necessary to safely withdraw from substance use. You'll need a qualified professional to help determine this (see below).

Detoxing on your own or simply “going cold turkey” at home can put you in grave danger. In a medical detox, you'll be under the supervision of a physician or other qualified medical professional who can ensure it's done safely.


2. You'll need an assessment

Almost everyone will need a professional assessment in order to determine a diagnosis and level of care. These are usually done by chemical dependency counselors, and they focus on use and symptoms. You'll also need an assessment for health insurance coverage of any treatment. Our coaches can help connect you with an assessment.


3. Get smart about treatment

Not everyone needs clinical treatment. Less severe problems can often be resolved without any professional medical help. But if treatment is needed, the wide range of programs and approaches can be overwhelming. Our coaches can help you make sense of the best options.


4. We'll follow your lead

Everyone has unique needs that will determine what works for them. You might not even be aware of all the options out there, including support groups, therapy, faith-based programs, self-help strategies, harm reduction and coaching. Our coaches support any pathway you choose.

We'll work with you to create a personalized addiction management plan that gives you or your loved one the best chance at success.


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