Virtually no extended family in America is left untouched by the pain of addiction. If you or a loved one is struggling, know you are not alone. There is no reason to be ashamed. Addiction happens. In many ways, addiction is like cancer, caused by a mix of lifestyle, genetic and unknown factors. The main thing to know is there is help for you.
The above links provide comprehensive information on topics like what is the difference between substance use and substance abuse, how to recognize signs of addiction, what are different treatment options, what are the advantages and disadvantages of each kind, variations in care options, financial support, and free resources that are available in California, among many others.
Part of the reason this guide was compiled is stated in their publicity:
“We are a group of medical professionals here at Help.org and based on conversations we have had with addiction experts across the US, the vast majority of people who need treatment for substance abuse disorders do not seek it. Though there are many barriers that discourage people from getting the help they need, cost is a significant factor.”
I know that suffering in silence might seem like the strong thing to do, but it will not get you anything but more pain. This link has many resources and facts for your awareness and benefit. If you need help with your own addiction or that of a loved one and want to talk, please don’t hesitate to call Pastor Karla (858)883-8038.