Addiction is more than just a lifestyle choice or personal struggle. It's a serious disease that can destroy your life, as well as the lives of the people you love the most. Like any other disease, addiction won't get better on its own. Inpatient rehab is the best option for treating your addiction, and NorthPoint Recovery offers a caring, competent staff of addiction experts who can help you weather the storms of addiction.
Rehab, though, is just one piece of the puzzle. If you're not yet ready to seek help, or if you need care to supplement what you learned in rehab, support near your home makes staying clean convenient and much easier. Hillsboro is home to a wide array of support groups, so you're sure to find one that suits your values and needs.
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is the most popular recovery program in the world, as well as one of the oldest. Its 12 steps can be highly effective at helping you put your life back together after a bout with alcoholism. The program helps you get support from other recovering addicts, allowing you to benefit from their hard-won wisdom. There are meetings virtually every day, which means you can get as much support as you desire. To find the closest meeting to you, follow this link. Other local groups and resources include:
Like AA, Narcotics Anonymous relies upon a 12-step model and peer support. The group offers help for a range of drug addictions, including cocaine, prescription drugs, meth, and crack. Additionally, NA also maintains several drug-specific groups, such as Marijuana Anonymous and Cocaine Anonymous. Find your local meeting here. Some other helpful local resources include:
It's not just addicts whose lives are destroyed by the disease of addiction. Friends and family members can suffer immensely. From children whose parents disappear to spouses whose partners provide them no support, addiction undermines thousands of families. Al-Anon and Nar-Anon help the family and loved ones of addicts set boundaries, protect themselves, and better understand the nature of addiction.
You can find a Nar-Anon family group near your home by following this link.
You can find a local Al-Anon meeting here.
Although NA is wildly popular and highly effective, it's not right for everyone. The model is loosely religious, asking participants to put their faith in a “higher power.” Some groups pray, and many are located in churches. Some recovering addicts feel uncomfortable with the group's emphasis on permanent sobriety from all substances, while others just prefer a model not based on steps. If you prefer an alternative to NA, of if you want to supplement your program with another group, here are some options:
AA is virtually identical to NA, and like NA, it doesn't work for everyone. Some alternative local groups include:
Secular Organizations for Sobriety offers online drug and alcohol support groups here.
Becoming a drug or alcohol addict is on precisely no one's list of goals, but addiction is incredibly common. It's not your fault, but what you do does matter. Seeking help sooner rather than later can mean the difference between being defeated by addiction and using it as a stepping stone to the next page of your life.
The hallmark characteristic of addiction is continuing to use despite negative consequences, coupled with immense difficulty quitting. If you can answer yes to three or more of the following questions, you are likely an addict: