Asking for Help

“You can’t do it alone. As you navigate through the rest of your life, be open to collaboration. Other people and other people’s ideas are often better than your own. Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you, spend a lot of time with them, and it will change your life. No one is here today because they did it on their own.”  –Amy Poehler, 2011 Harvard Commencement Speech

Asking for help is never easy. It means admitting you have a problem, or recognizing something uncomfortable about yourself that you don’t necessarily want to talk about. But when you finally take that step in asking for help, your life becomes easier. You’ll find that other people are dealing with the similar struggles and knowing this can make things a lot less scary.

Asking for help can be life changing, and even life saving, especially if you are dealing with something like alcohol or drug addiction. According to the World Health Organization, “the harmful use of alcohol results in 3.3 million deaths each year” worldwide. This is a significant number, and acknowledging that you need help means you can avoid being a part of this tragic statistic.

Asking for help means that you are strong and courageous, even if it doesn’t feel like it. If a person is drowning and they can yell for help, they will. There is no stigmatization that surrounds asking for physical help when somebody’s life is in danger. It should be the same when asking for help for an addiction.

If you feel like you or a loved one are drowning in addiction, now is the time to reach out for help. Call us on our 24-hour addiction helpline at 833-AKUA-NOW. You are not alone.

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