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Learn the Facts: Treatment and Recovery

Getting treatment and starting recovery

Everyone is unique. That means everyone’s road to recovery will look different. But there are several common factors to getting treatment:

Professional Help

Mental health and substance use disorders are health issues. They require help from a doctor or a licensed mental health professional. People with mental health problems need to be accurately diagnosed. Only a professional can do that. Professionals can recommend treatments such as medications, counseling, or a combination of both.

Support Groups

People dealing with a mental health issue often find it helpful to get support from others with the same problem. There are support groups for eating disorders, drug and alcohol addictions, suicide attempt survivors, and other mental health disorders. Many support groups follow a 12-step recovery process.

Family and Community Supports

Having a support network of friends and loved ones is another important part of recovery. Other key supports include teachers, coaches, youth group leaders, and religious and faith communities.

How to Get Help

In Texas – Mental Health
2-1-1
www.dshs.state.tx.us/mhsa-mh-help

In Texas – Substance Abuse
1-877-9-NO-DRUG (877-966-3784)
www.dshs.state.tx.us/mhsa-sa-help

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
1-800-273-TALK(8255)
www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org


Texas Department of State Health Services

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