Training Guide

Quality Healthcare is Your Right

Why & When to Go to the Doctor

Why Go to the Doctor

Going to the doctor can be stressful. Doctors may tell you things you don’t want to hear. Going to the doctor can also be expensive. For people who use drugs, there’s added stigma and fear of being mistreated. So, then why go? Here are some reasons: If you have an infection or serious medical problem it can get worse without medical care. If you have a long-term illness, it is good to keep track of how you’re doing. Knowing your options will help you make smarter treatment decisions. To get medicine. To stay healthy and to avoid future problems. 


When to Go to the Doctor 

If you have a problem or concern about your health, it is best to go to the doctor early. It is much easier to look for a doctor when you are feeling healthy. If you see a doctor when you don’t feel sick, you may be able to find a problem before it gets more serious. If your doctor knows you, you may get seen faster when you really need to or in an emergency. After you and the doctor get to know each other, it will become easier to talk about issues like drug use. By finding a doctor before you get sick, the doctor knows that you care about your health.