You can find many kinds of help for a substance abuse problem.
Help can come from formal institutions or organizations or it
can come from an informal support network.
The goal of help may depend on the kind of substance problem.
An addicted person's goal should be abstinence, or non-use of
the substance. A person who is not yet addicted but has problems
stemming from use may only need to change the way that they consume,
that is, stop abusing the substance. To start with, however, any
substance-abusing person should stop drinking or using drugs entirely.
Helping agencies and organizations are listed in the phone book
or can be reached through calling a local health/mental health
center. Private organizations that specialize in substance abuse
treatment (you may find these in the yellow pages) or a
local hospital can also provide effective help. Kinds of help
and helping agencies vary from area to area.
Many people who seek help for a substance abuse problem meet
with success and go on to live happy and productive lives. With
the right program and support any person can be successful in
working through this.