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If You Need Immediate Help
What do I do right now if I am in a crisis or feel like I am unable to manage my life right now?
Not knowing what, where or how to manage challenges in your life is completely normal and expected. If you are the friend or family member of a child or loved one, you too may benefit from the tools and resources provided on this page.
Life often throws us challenges that we are not ready for and we feel overwhelmed and uncertain about moving through those challenges. Most treatment is about the right support at the right time; not about a never-ending cycle of added obligations and appointments.
Sometimes knowing the risks associated with what you are going though is an excellent place to start. Doing a simple screening that targets what you are going though can help let you know if it might be the right time to reach out. The following free self-screening tool cab help to provide some guidance:
Free screening tool from Alliance Health.
You are the driver of your treatment; we are here to help when you are ready. We celebrate your willingness and strength in identifying where to start and what you need.
Most individuals who struggle with mental health and substance use challenges are able to work through these challenges with varying levels of support (community supports, family supports, self-help supports, coaching, spiritual guidance and formal recovery supports/ traditional therapy)
At SouthLight, we believe that any change in relation to your mental health and/or substance use challenges can be a benefit as it moves you toward a more full, rich and meaningful life. This means that as you adapt your life, remember the following;
- Change can be hard, so it requires purpose
- Change takes time and repetition, so be kind to yourself
- Change is inevitable, so be the driver of that change rather than a passive observer
- Change is a process, not an end point, so notice when you move through the different stages. Here are some resources to understand stages of change:
You might consider seeking out the support and wisdom of others who have tried a variety of approaches (This is not an endorsement and/or a comprehensive list of community based self-help recovery groups)
- National Alliance on Mental Illness – Advocacy and community organization for those struggling with mental health challenges
- SMART Recovery – Cognitive and Behavioral community-based approach to recovery
- Alcoholics Anonymous – 12-Step Recovery
- Narcotics Anonymous – 12-Step recovery
- Celebrate Recovery – Faith-Based Christian Recovery 12-Step Program
- Moderation Management – Alternative accountability/ support group for those attempting to reduce problematic use
- Harm reduction Abstinence Maintenance Support (HAMS) – Harm reduction approach to use of alcohol and other drugs where there is an effort to change the relationship with the substance but not use overall
- NC Harm Reduction Coalition – Advocacy and resource organization to help individuals move towards reducing harm from problematic use
- Life Process Program – A subscription-based recovery approach that provides self-guided and coaching content.
- 24 hour NA meetings Virtual NA
- Find help for a Mental Health of Substance Use Crisis in your County crisissolutionsnc.org
- Virtual Group – Coping with Grief through the Winter Holidays
- Find a GriefShare group meeting near you
Connect right now with SouthLight
- Call our intake department to start the process (919) 832-4453 Ext: 1135. Learn more about What to Expect.
- Understanding the system of professional services is important for getting the most out of treatment: Understanding ASAM Criteria
Get to know your provider and ask questions
Review the SouthLight website to explore the programs and services that are offered.
Address what is getting in your way
- Did you know that even if you do not have access to insurance and cannot afford treatment, you may be able to qualify for services paid for by NC and your county? Learn more
- Find supports who can assist you with accountability and addressing barriers to treatment (For Families and Friends)
- Tap into what matters
- Take a small step today
SouthLight offers a variety of best and evidence-based practices:
- Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Family Centered Treatment (FCT)
- Opioid Treatment Programs (OTP)
Below are recommended videos and resources that may be helpful: