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We recognize that reaching out for help can be one of the most difficult experiences in the entire world. Some compare it to lifting a one-thousand-pound telephone.

Often, the stories we tell ourselves can be misleading, and that is especially true when it comes to asking for what we need. Here are some reasons why:

  • We don’t feel deserving.
  • We don’t feel confident enough to ask for help.
  • We fear we will be rejected.
  • We feel shame around our situations, our stories, and/or our needs.
  • We feel like we can take care of it on our own.
  • We minimize our situation, neglecting the impact it is truly having on our lives.
  • We are embarrassed it got to this point.
  • We feel hopeless that things can be better.
  • We have been told by others that we are unworthy or not able to be helped.

These are just a few stories that our very own clients reported to us as reasons why it took them as long as it did to seek help. These stories are unhelpful, and hinder the healing process. Don’t let yourself get caught in negative stories such as these. Help is available.

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Ask for What You Need

This statement is a goal. It is not a directive. Asking for what we need is arguably one of the most difficult things we, as humans, struggle with, and for all the reasons mentioned above. When clients attend our program at The Bridge to Recovery, we work with them to begin asking for what they need, when they need it, and free from shame.

But until theBut until then, we recognize that asking for help is a huge hurdle in seeking care. Below, you will find some recommendations and guidance for who might be able to help you navigate the process of seeking and receiving help.

Talk to a Clinical Professional

Clinical refers to someone who has a background and education in clinical psychology, mental health, and/or behavioral health.  This person will be able to do an assessment of your current needs and help guide you through some appropriate levels of care options. 

Where to find: Therapists can be found in cities small and large.  Sometimes they operate in a private practice as a solo practitioner and sometimes they can be found in group practices.  

What to look for: Decide which type of therapist you feel would be right for you.  Visit their websites and click through their about sections. Consider:

  • Do you prefer a male or female therapist?
  • Do you want them to focus on certain areas, such as marriage & family counseling, trauma counseling, life/circumstance counseling, Christian counseling, etc.
  • Does their location fit your needs?
  • What is their background/education?
  • Do they have any online reviews you can read?
  • What is their availability?

Visit a Support Group

The idea of attending a “group” can be very intimidating to some individuals.  Fears over speaking in front of other people, talking about your feelings to a large group, and stereotypes of what they envision a group experience being like can cause people to not want to seek this route.

However, it is important to note that there are many different types of support groups, and they can be a great resource for navigating care options.

Where to find: Support Groups exist in all styles.  Some common ones that we recommend are:

  • ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics): This is a great group for those who experienced childhood trauma related to a parent’s substance use.  
  • Grief & Loss Groups: These are usually a bit more specialized, and sometimes hosted by local counseling groups or hospital groups.
  • 12-Step Programs: Affiliations such as AA, NA, OA (Overeaters Anonymous), GA (Gamblers Anonymous), and many more are available across the globe.  
  • SLAA (Sex & Love Addicts Anonymous): This is a fantastic group for those struggling with relationship, intimacy, and love challenges.

Additionally, many local counseling centers will provide a mix of group options.

What to look for: Keep it simple. Many people try to find the “perfect” group for their current situation.  Additionally, shame and fear can drive them from attending a group they feel may not exactly match their needs.  However, take a chance and walk into a room hosting a group that you can closely relate to, and you might be surprised at the help and guidance you take away from it.

Talk to Someone from our Team

Our team is not incentivized to try and get you to come to our program.  In fact, our program is a niche program and if we are not a good fit for an individual, it can have implications on the entire milieu of our cohorts.  Thus, we make every effort to make sure we find you the RIGHT program that is a good fit for you, even if that means we help you find a different program from our own.

Our trained admissions team is ready to help you navigate the help and assistance you need.  We have relationships with programs, consultants, therapists, interventionists, and other professionals around the world to ensure that we help you find what it is YOU need. 

We also invite you to continue clicking through our website as we have provided additional specific information on seeking help and advice based on your individualized situation.  
Where to find: Continue clicking around on our website by visiting some of our other help & advice pages, such as I’m Seeking Help for Myself, or I’m Seeking Help for Loved One. You can also reach our team by calling us at (877)866-8661 to discuss with them your current situation, what care options are available to you, and how we can help navigate that with you.

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