Perhaps the worst aspect of finding help for a substance use disorder is feeling powerless. Addiction is a disease that interferes with your overall wellbeing and can diminish your confidence and self-esteem, leaving you to feel incapable of managing your needs. Likewise, when you finally choose to seek help for your substance use disorder, you might feel as though you are giving all your power to healthcare professionals. Remember, you are always in control and should speak up about what you need from treatment.
Advocating for yourself can be intimidating, especially if you are not used to speaking up for yourself. However, knowing what you need from a healthcare professional will allow you the opportunity to communicate your needs and work together to find the best treatment. With some practice, you can become a natural at advocating for yourself. At Associated Behavioral Health Care, we believe that every individual has a different path to recovery and, therefore, will require different approaches to care. Expressing your needs is essential to the process. Look closer at advocating for yourself when seeking treatment for a substance use disorder.
Educate Yourself About Substance Use Disorders
Education is one of the fastest ways to empower yourself about substance use disorders. The more you understand, the more comfortable and prepared you will feel to ask questions regarding your treatment. Even if you don’t feel like an expert, learning how substances change the brain on a chemical level takes an objective look at your treatment. Therefore, if you think that parts of your treatment feel counterintuitive to what you know about substances, you can ask your healthcare provider questions regarding alternative approaches.
You Have the Ability to Speak Up
Treatment for a substance use disorder should address how substances affect your mental and physical health. Proper treatment will incorporate your needs and provide therapies and practices to build your self-esteem to keep improving. Since substance use disorders can steal away your confidence, it could affect your ability to convey your needs and concerns.
When you are working on recovery, you need to recognize that you can grow and transform. The first step to advocating for yourself is understanding that you are capable of being in charge of your journey. Therefore, you decide how to make the treatment work for you.
If a particular treatment is not working, speak up. Remaining quiet won’t help you or your healthcare professional find the proper treatment. Talk with a healthcare professional and let them know your experience. If you believe that a particular aspect of the treatment plan is not working, explore other options offered by your healthcare provider. At Associated Behavioral Health Care, we work to ensure that you have access to care that meets your needs.
Call on Support
Having support from a loved one can help you feel more comfortable and confident when speaking to a healthcare professional. Therefore, if you often feel intimidated seeing doctors and physicians, consider bringing along a loved one. Further, if you think your needs are not being met or mistreated in any way, it could help to have a friend or family member advocate on your behalf.
It can also be easier to talk to those closest to you about your concerns and ask for their help discussing your treatment options. Building this kind of communication with your family will also help you once you are on the road to recovery. Such openness, trust and honesty will strengthen your family support network and provide you a safe space to turn to when you meet challenges in recovery.
Push Past Stigmas
Stigmas surrounding mental health and substance use disorders could lead individuals dealing with these issues to believe that they do not have equal access to care as individuals with other diseases and disorders. Such belief often prevents individuals from seeking help.
Seeking help from qualified professionals such as the professionals at Associated Behavioral Health Care will further educate you and your family about mental health and substance use disorders. A strong understanding of the process of mental health and substance use treatment will help you challenge myths and stigma and become an advocate for those who cannot speak up for themselves. Becoming an advocate will not only empower your journey of recovery but strengthen the recovery community.
Part of advocating for yourself requires a clear understanding of substance use disorders and a clear understanding of what success looks like to you. At Associated Behavioral Health Care, our idea of treatment is about meeting your individual needs to set you up for success in recovery. Your journey with us will instill confidence and develop the ability to continue to let your voice be heard – not just to speak about your needs but to advocate for the recovery community as a whole. Find out more and call us today at (844) 335-7384.