Deciding to help or seek help
These pages attempt to answer the more common questions concerning substance abuse. A guide to identifying where you or someone you care for may be in regard to dependancy or addiction.
If you are someone who has been abusing a drug It may be possible that you could learn to lower the amount and frequency of your use. Check out the links that follow for some ideas or drop by our office. Of course reducing your use may not be possible, let alone desirable, in the case of the many highly addictive substances. Thinking of controlling your habit might not even be practical, heck - it wouldn't even be reasonable if a particular drug is illegal, making its use risky in whatever amount or frequency.
I you have decided that what you need is to stop doing whatever you've been doing there is plenty of help available. Two thoughts could possibly make your decision easier. The first is that your decision does not entail doing anything, at least to all outward appearances. You are going to stop doing something that no longer works and may be causing you and those who care about you a great deal of pain. Secondly, and this may sound corny, this decision is not an end to life as you know it, but it's a beginning. Many, and we mean tens of thousands of people who have taken this step before you will vouch for this. Yes, you will learn to cope differently and perhaps think differently about things. You will probably discover strengths and and capabilities you never thought you had. And, though it may not seem so right now, it will sometime occur to you that it was the best decision you ever made. Make an appointment to come in, check out some of the resources below, or follow the other links for more information to help you decide on your next step.
|The Addiction Center of Broome County||(607) 723-7308
|Offers outpatient treatment and assessment services.|
|Alcoholics Anonymous||(607) 722-5983||Call for meeting times and locations|
|Narcotics Anonymous||(607) 774-4900||Call for meeting times and locations|
|Al-Anon & Alateen||(607) 722-0889||Call for meeting times and locations|
|Co-Dependents Anonymous||(607) 687-5620|
|Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program (CPEP)||(607) 762-2302
|24-hour crisis hotline and confidential psychiatric advice.|
|University Counseling Center||(607) 777-2772||counseling.binghamton.edu|
Last Updated: 6/3/12