Drugs and Alcohol
What is drug and/or alcohol addiction?
Drug and alcohol addiction is the use and abuse of a substance despite experiencing negative consequences from this behavior. Use of the substance is required for an addicted individual to feel normal.
Addiction is considered a brain disease because drugs change both the brain’s structure and how it works. These brain changes can be long lasting, and can lead to the harmful behaviors seen in people who abuse drugs.
* From the National Institute on Drug Abuse
Do I have a problem with drugs and/or alcohol?
If you think that you may have a problem with drugs and/or alcohol you can take the following self assessment. The assessment is anonymous and is meant to enlighten you about your own level of drug and/or alcohol involvement. Self Assessment: Do I Have a Problem?
If you believe that you may need treatment, understand that you are not alone. The Council on Chemical Abuse can assist you in determining your next step towards recovery. Click here to contact us and request more information or call the Council at (610) 376-8669.
Does someone I know have a problem with drugs and/or alcohol?
Drug abuse is not always as obvious as portrayed in the media. Educating yourself on the signs and symptoms of drug abuse may lead you to question a coworker, friend, or family member’s physical and behavioral characteristics. Signs and Symptoms of Drug Abuse.
If you think someone is abusing drugs or alcohol see Intervention to look at some various ways to discuss your concern with them. Addiction affects the entire family unit and can extend past the family into friends, co-workers, etc. There are many emotions that surround someone’s substance abuse: guilt, shame, rejection, resentment, and anger. Getting someone to recognize that treatment is necessary is the first step towards recovery. Realize that you can provide support and encourage treatment, but the disease of addiction is something one has to commit to treating on their own terms.
Where can I get help?
- Reading Health System 24 Hour Addiction Hotline (484) 628-8186
- Treatment Access and Services Center, Inc. (TASC) (610) 375-4426
- Drug Abuse Treatment Hotline 1-866-949-7195
Support Groups – Twelve Step Meetings
- Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) Reading-Berks Intergroup AA Schedule (610) 373-6500 or Find a Meeting
- Cocaine Anonymous (CA) (800) 482-0983 Eastern PA Website, Meeting Schedule and/or Online Meetings
- Marijuana Anonymous (800) 766-6779; Meeting Search
- Narcotics Anonymous (NA) Reading Area of Narcotics Anonymous (610) 374-5944 or Find a Meeting
- Pills Anonymous
For Family and Friends
- National Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependence
- National Institute on Drug Abuse – Treatment Approaches for Drug Addiction
- The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids
- Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs
- Recovery & Me
- SAMSHA – Treatments for Substance Use Disorders
- Twenty Four Hour Addiction Helpline
Others You Can Seek for Help:
Clergy, Employee Assistance Provider, Family member, Friend, Physician, School Personnel, etc.