Coeur d'Alene is the name of a lake, forest, and city is northwest Idaho, and it's hard to decide which one is more beautiful. But addiction doesn't care about that.
Addiction can strike anyone, anywhere. Coeur d'Alene isn't isolated or protected from the dangers of addiction. The circumstances may change, but the end result of it is always that people get hurt. But you don't have to let addiction beat you or your family. If you're in the 83814 zip code of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, you can get help.
Addiction causes a strain on every aspect of your life: finances, relationships, physical health, work, everything. It strikes regardless of location, age, race, or class. And it isn't an easy thing to deal with on your own.
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), over 2 million Americans were dependent on prescription opioids like Oxycontin in 2014. More than 14,000 of them died of an overdose. This isn't a problem limited to just a handful of people. You are not alone, and you can get help before it's too late – but only if you take the first step.
If you're not sure about going to face-to-face meetings, maybe start getting support in online groups first.
You can find a number of groups at Secular Organizations for Sobriety (SOS) for conditions ranging from substance addiction to eating disorders.
You can also find AA groups online. There are a number of ways to get support from these groups, from forums to chat rooms to phone groups.
If you're avoiding treatment for your addiction because you're afraid you can't afford it, stop. Go to https://www.healthcare.gov/ and find out how you can get assistance. There are laws in place to help you, and the cost of beating your addiction is minimal versus the cost of letting it control you.
To answer questions about what coverage your health insurance will offer during your rehabilitation, check out SAMHSA.gov. Here you can find information about the Affordable Care Act and links with further information.
Alcoholics Anonymous, or AA, has helped millions of people with their 12-step program. AA's system is proven to be effective, and membership is free. You can find AA meetings in Coeur d'Alene to attend by finding your location on this list. AA's famous first step is admitting you have a problem. If you think you might be addicted, consider an addiction assessment.
Often the hardships of helping a loved with deal with their addiction can be forgotten, with so much of the focus going to the addicted person themselves. But addiction is difficult for everyone, not just the person suffering directly. That's why Al-Anon exists to help family and friends of addicted people cope and better support their loved ones. You can find Al-Anon meetings in Coeur d'Alene and across Northern Idaho here.
Alateen meetings in Coeur d'Alene are also included. Alateen is a branch of Al-Anon that works with teens specifically to teens who have parents or other loved ones with an addiction problem.
Narcotics Anonymous is similar to Alcoholics Anonymous, just as it sounds. While AA deals with alcohol addiction, NA deals with most other forms of substance abuse. This covers anything from illicit drugs like heroin to prescription drugs. NA follows a similar 12-step program to AA, and has also helped countless people regain control of their lives. If you're interested in getting support at local NA meetings, see what meetings are available in the Coeur d'Alene area.
Reach out today. We know how hard addiction can be. Recovery is possible!