Got questions?

Here are answers to your questions about substance abuse treatment.

1. How do I know if I am addicted to alcohol or drugs?

It isn’t always easy to know if you are dependent on alcohol or drugs. In fact, many people don’t believe they’re addicted even after it’s clear to those around them, and there is no single factor. Addiction is a combination of factors, and only a trained counselor can determine if someone is alcohol- or drug-dependent.

Addiction counselors look for a pattern of behaviors that point to substance abuse. That pattern usually includes:

  • Negative consequences of alcohol or drug use
  • An inability to quit or control alcohol or drug use
  • Increasing amounts and/or frequency of use of alcohol or drugs

2. How do I approach a loved one about their substance use?

If you think someone has a problem, it’s important to approach that person in a non-confrontational way—at least at first. And it’s always a good idea to get the advice of a qualified professional counselor before talking with someone about their substance use.

We do not recommend talking with a loved one when you are upset as a result of their drinking or drug use. The best approach is to take a step back and wait until the next day.

When discussing the problem, it’s important to be calm. Express your concern without name-calling, blaming, or accusing. Simply say that you care about them and have noticed that their use is affecting their life. Say that you would like them to see if they can stop their use on their own. If they can’t, ask them to consider getting professional help.

It is normal for those who abuse alcohol or drugs to react angrily when they are approached — even when it’s done in a gentle, caring manner. Arguing with them or becoming angry and lashing out at them will cause them to focus on that instead of their own use.

If your first approach doesn’t work, consider asking close friends and family to help you speak to the person about their use. Again, involving a professional counselor can be very helpful.

3. How can someone get confidential help?

All addiction counselors and treatment providers have to keep patient information confidential under federal regulations. No professional counselor can discuss or provide anyone’s health information without that person’s agreement.

Confidentiality is at the core of every counselor’s practice and any organization’s treatment program. That’s why no information about anyone in treatment can be given out by telephone or by any other means without the patient’s signed consent, unless there’s a court order.

Have additional questions about substance abuse or drug addiction? For more info, or to take the first step toward recovery, for more information about our program call at 612-300-3938

Why Choose Us?

We have experience in substance use treatment, and we have one of the highest success rates of patient recovery.