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Substance abuse hotlines are anonymous ways to discuss a person’s substance abuse and get help with the addiction.
It may be difficult to admit you have a drug or alcohol addiction—because of your substance use, you may feel shame, frustration, or hopeless. Alcohol and drugs can get in the way of relationships, which can lead to feelings of isolation, and make it hard to discuss your problems with those around you. You may even worry about how to get sober on your own.
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If you are having a physical or mental emergency, please call 911 immediately.
You may not feel comfortable talking about addiction with people face to face, and that’s fine. Addiction is often stigmatized, and you may be worried that others will judge you. That’s why alcohol and drug hotlines provide information and help and don’t ask for any identifying information.
Hotlines are usually staffed 24 hours a day, year-round, often by people who have gone through treatment for their own addiction in the past.
You can expect to be asked questions about your addiction, physical health, and mental health. You’ll likely receive information about the kinds of treatment options available.
Addiction is a complicated disease that can affect just about every part of your life. Substance use also takes a toll on the people around you, such as your family, significant others, friends, and even coworkers.1
Hotlines are also available to help support loved ones of people who are suffering from addiction. When someone you care about is living with an addiction, it can have a huge impact on your life as well.
You may feel worried, upset, frustrated, angry, or even blame yourself. These are all normal feelings and a hotline can put you in touch with resources to help you learn how to cope with these emotions. Hotline staff members can also advise how to best support your loved one as they go through the process of entering treatment.
How do you know when to call a hotline? If you think you or a loved one is addicted, you should consider calling a hotline. It doesn’t cost anything to call and is completely anonymous.
If you aren’t sure if you or a loved one is addicted, hotline staff can help you determine if addiction could be the problem. Some signs that could indicate addiction include:2, 3, 4
Hotlines are a trusted source for information and support, along with linkage to resources to meet your needs. Hotlines are not equipped to provide emergency care. If you are in a mental or physical emergency due to substance use, please call 911 immediately.
Addiction is a chronic disease. Although it is not curable, you can treat and manage addiction with proper care.5
Oxford Treatment Center may be the right choice for treatment for you. You can reach our admissions navigators at any time via our hotline at 662-638-0015. It’s free and confidential.
Read on to learn about the types of treatment available for substance use disorders.
The first step toward recovery for some is attending detox, where your body will be able to flush itself of any alcohol and/or drugs that you have been using.1
Many facilities, like Oxford Treatment Center, offer medically managed withdrawal, where medications are used to lessen the uncomfortable and potentially dangerous withdrawal symptoms associated with withdrawal from alcohol and other substances.1, 3
During this stage of treatment, medical staff is available 24/7 to monitor and provide medications to ease you through symptoms of withdrawal, while counseling staff members provide education and some counseling.3, 5, 6
At Oxford Treatment Center, detox amenities include semi-private rooms with private bathrooms and around-the-clock supervision by a team of doctors and nurses. All beds are equipped with EarlySense technology, which monitors your vitals while you sleep in order to notify the medical staff if there are any changes that can be potentially dangerous.
This setting is strongly recommended for people who may experience severe withdrawal symptoms, have had complications during withdrawal in the past, or have co-occurring physical or mental health disorders that could affect their withdrawal, since it allows staff to provide monitoring and care around the clock.3, 5
Some facilities like Oxford Treatment Center also provide inpatient treatment after detox, which makes the transition to the next stage of treatment smoother. Other facilities that only offer detox services will often link you to another facility for further care.5, 6
Residential treatment provides less intensive medical monitoring, and more intensive therapeutic counseling by mental health staff. Treatment is provided in both group and individual settings to help you learn skills and discuss issues that may need to be addressed.1
Outpatient treatment does not require you to live at the treatment facility, making it a little less restrictive when it comes to your job or going to school.1
Therapy in outpatient settings is provided in both individual and group settings to help you learn how to maintain sobriety once you have completed your treatment.1
Oxford Treatment Centers offer outpatient services at varying levels based on your needs, ranging from intensive outpatient, which includes more time in therapy, to less intensive services.
When attending outpatient treatment, it’s important to have a strong sober support system—like your family and friends—to help you avoid substances when you’re not in treatment. You’re also encouraged to attend self-help meetings.1, 6
Oxford Treatment Centers offer all participants a 90-Day Promise. This means that if you successfully complete our 90-day treatment program, we guarantee that you’ll stay clean and sober, or we will provide 30 additional complimentary days of treatment. Terms and conditions may apply.
Studies show that staying in treatment for a minimum of 90 days has better outcomes on long-term sobriety than shorter lengths of time in treatment.1
Oxford Treatment Center understands that there are diverse groups that have unique needs while in treatment. Our facility offers a specialized treatment track that cater to the specific recovery needs of LGBTQ+ individuals.
In addition, complementary and alternative treatment methods are integrated into treatment whenever possible. These can include equine therapy, art therapy, music therapy, yoga, mindfulness meditation, ropes courses, exercise, and the opportunity to spend time in nature.
People with addictions are frequently diagnosed with mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, or bipolar disorder.1, 6 When this happens, it’s referred to as a dual diagnosis or a co-occurring disorder.
Since disorders can affect the one another, it’s important to treat both at the same time to reduce the risk of relapse.1, 6
Dual diagnosis care includes the elements of addiction treatment explained above, but can involve the following aspects as well, including: