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"I literally didn't know what to do next. I was overwhelmed with conflicting emotions - confusion, sadness, guilt, and relief."

How to ask for help

Listen to Central Point Podcast on Asking for help
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It is very common to have difficulty asking for help if you have PTSD and Substance Abuse Issues

You must get help from others to recover. No one can do it alone.

  • In learning to ask for help, start “small”: Practice on safe people, with a simple request.


  • Try to ask for help before a problem becomes overwhelming. But you can call
    any time
     – before, during, or after a hard time..

  • Prepare how you'll handle it if the person refuses your request for help.

  • In asking for help, you don't have to “spill” everything.

Asking for help makes you stronger and more independent in the long run.

Learning to ask for help may feel very awkward at first.

  • If there is no one in your life to ask for help from, work on building a support network.

  • When asking for help, be gentle - no demands, threats, or insults.

  • Discover whether your fears are accurate: Compare your prediction to reality.

Approach Worksheet

  • Fill in the first three parts now.

  • Later, after you’ve approached the person, fill in the last part.


1.  Who will you talk to?

2. What will you say?

3. What do you predict will happen?

4. What did happen in reality?

You may want to ask yourself:

  • What did you learn from trying this?

  • Did you get what you wanted, or at least part of what you wanted?

  • Is there anything you might do differently next time?

  • How do you feel about your experience?

  • How difficult was it?

Write a list of people you can call when you're having problems (wanting to talk,

 feeling afraid, drug cravings, need a ride, etc.)


Include friends, family members, self-help sponsors, treaters, hotlines, drop-in centers, and anyone you can think of the example below:

List of people to call for help


1. My friend Martha: (123) 123 -4567 or (123) 234-5678

2. My therapist (Dr. Klein): (123) 345-6789 or I can page at (123) 123-0000

3. My AA sponsor (Barbara): (123) 000-0000