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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?

Where Do I Start? How Do I Help Someone in Need?

Not knowing what, where or how to manage challenges in your life is completely normal and expected. If you are a 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.

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What if I am not ready to see a professional (counselor, therapist, psychiatrist, social worker)?

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:

Where to Turn for Help Online or In Person

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
  • Virtual Group – Coping with Grief through the Winter Holidays
  • Find a GriefShare group meeting near you

What should I do now that I have tried a few things and still feel like I need additional support?

Connect right now with SouthLight
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

SouthLight offers a variety of best and evidence-based practices:

Now that I am connected, what else can I do to learn and grow more?

Below are recommended videos and resources that may be helpful, including this list of apps on recovery, self-care, sleep, meditation, and more.

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