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Getting Out: Finding the Help You Need

Sometimes if you have only recently started to experience problems due to drug use you may find yourself believing that something other than your using is responsible for your problems. It will be hard to see how curtailing your drug use by drinking less and changing your patterns could remove the difficulties. It may even be the case that your use over time has developed as a way of self-medicating or altering the way you feel in response to other situations in your life or possibly other mental health issues, like trauma, depression, or anxiety.

Or maybe your relationship with a drug has progressed to the point where the drug is so much a part of your life you can no longer picture life without the drug. Coming to a decision to stop using a drug is often accompanied by fear and confusion. Fear that life may be overwhelming or miserable without the drug. Confusion about what is causing your problems; thinking that if many of the difficulties and inequity of the world could somehow be eliminated you would no longer feel a need to use.

If you have decided that what you need is to stop doing whatever you've been doing there is plenty of help available. 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.

Resources for Help

University Counseling Center 607-777-2772

Now also offers after-hours counseling and consultation by phone.
University Alcohol and Other Drugs 607-777-3088 emonroe@binghamton.edu
The Addiction Center of Broome County 607-723-7308
1-800-771-6402
Offers outpatient treatment and assessment services
Narcotics Anonymous 607-774-4900 Call for meeting times and locations
Alcoholics Anonymous 607-722-5983 Call for meeting times and locations
Al-Anon & Alateen 607-722-0889 Call for meeting times and locations
Co-Dependents Anonymous 607-687-5620 Call for meeting times and locations 
Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program (CPEP) 607-762-2302
1-800-451-0560
24-hour crisis hotline and confidential psychiatric advice
Southern Tier AIDS Program (STAP) 607-798-1706 Excellent education and free harm-reduction supplies


Last Updated: 1/9/18