Gillette has a long and storied history as a frontier town, a source of rugged individualism, and the home to a tough and resilient population. No one is tough enough to resist addiction on their own, though. Addiction is a chronic and potentially fatal illness that robs addicts of their personalities, their health, and, in some cases, their lives. You don't have to suffer alone, though. Rehab offers hope for permanent and lasting recovery.
Addiction rehab isn't the final stop on the journey for everyone, though. Many people continue to need help long after they've completed rehab. Others prefer to go it alone a bit, relying on support groups as needed. Finding the right Gillette-area support group can help you get and stay sober.
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is the world's most popular recovery program, and it's based solely on the peer support model of recovery. Rather than deferring to an expert, you'll gain from the hard-earned wisdom of other recovering addicts. Meetings are free, and occur throughout the day and week. To find an Alcoholics Anonymous group near you, click here. Links to a few other local programs include:
Like AA, NA relies on a step-based peer support model, encouraging recovering addicts to achieve sobriety by working through the program's 12 steps. Participants can also join spin-off groups for specific drugs, such as Pills Anonymous and Cocaine Anonymous. To find your local NA meeting, click here. Other local resources include:
Addiction is an all-encompassing disease that behaves like a contagious infection, touching everyone with whom it comes into contact. It's not just addicts who suffer. Their loved ones can become co-dependent or obsessed with getting the addict they love clean. Addicts' loved ones may be victimized by an addict's lying, stealing, and perpetual promises to get clean tomorrow. Often, though, tomorrow never comes. Al-Anon and Nar-Anon help family members and friends find ways to live happy lives even when the addict they love continues to abuse alcohol and drugs.
Al-Anon and Nar-Anon also gave rise to two spin-off programs. Alateen and Narateen work to help teenagers who have a loved one struggling with the disease 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.
Though NA is wildly popular and very successful, no program can be everything to everyone. Some participants are uncomfortable with the vague spiritual references made within the program. Others would simply rather supplement NA with a different program. SMART Recovery offers an alternative model, and you can find a local meeting here.
Like NA, AA encourages users to place their trust in a “higher power,” and prayer often plays a role in meetings. If you prefer a secular program, Secular Organizations for Sobriety offers online drug and alcohol support groups here.
Addiction is a disease that necessitates treatment. Whether you believe it or not, you deserve to get better and you deserve help. If you're like a lot of addicts, though, you may believe you're so broken you can't be repaired. Or maybe you're stuck under an avalanche of denial. Rest assured that you can get better and that treatment really does work. If you're still unsure whether you have an addiction or need rehab, ask yourself the following questions. If you answer yes to three or more, the odds are very high that you're an addict: