One in five adults in the United States struggle with a mental illness. However, according to the National Institute of Mental Health, less than half of those struggling with a mental illness seek help and end up receiving treatment. Many things can get in the way of treatment. Stigma is a huge barrier to treatment. Another barrier to treatment is access. Together, these two barriers keep out more than half of people that need help. That’s too many people who need treatment and aren’t receiving it. If you think you need help, here are ways to get yourself the care you need.
Talk to someone you trust
Going from deciding you need help to reaching out directly to a doctor can be scary. If you’re just learning how to swim, you wouldn’t jump off the diving board into the deep end. You don’t have to jump right into meeting with doctors when you believe you need treatment. Instead, it can be good to start out talking to a loved one who you trust. This is a more manageable first step you can take. Getting your feelings out in the open and actually acknowledging to someone other than yourself that you are struggling can be difficult, but it’s easier to do if you’re talking to someone you know and trust.
Reach out to professionals
Once you have spoken to a loved one and come to terms with the decision of receiving treatment and care, reaching out to doctors is the next step. Although frightening, these professionals can help point you in the right direction of what care you need to seek out. They may recommend medication or talk therapy. You’ll never know what’s right for you if you do not seek help from a professional. After reaching out to a few professionals, it’s a good idea to “interview” them. Making sure your treating professional is a good fit is one of the most important things. You must feel comfortable with them and be able to trust them. You can’t do that without talking to them and making sure your needs will be met.
Seek help if you need it
Oftentimes, it can take weeks to get in with your doctor or other professional. Luckily, there are other options for help when you need it. There are drop-in centers that provide care for those in need, as well as counselors and hotlines you can utilize for short-term care. Do not hesitate to reach out for help when you need it. That’s what they are there for.
Craft a support system
Having a person or two who you deeply trust is a vital piece of the puzzle. If you find yourself struggling, make sure you have someone to call. Let your person in on how you are feeling and what is going on. Being honest is the only way to get you the help you need.
Pinnacle Recovery is here for you. We have multiple dual diagnosis programs for someone struggling with addiction and other mental illnesses. Call our trained and experienced staff today at 1-866-301-0573 for more information. We cannot wait to hear from you!