Today, if you or someone you know is struggling with an addiction, you can very easily get information you need on the Internet. You might be able to call a local treatment center, therapist, or drug counselor. However, there are many times when a person is faced with a situation in which he or she might harm themselves, might harm another person, are trying to make a decision about getting treatment, have a question about a particular substance, or simply need a person to talk to. And in these cases there are many resources that a person can rely upon. In fact, in many cases, there’s nothing like having a voice on the other end of the line, someone who can listen tenderly and respond.
If you’re looking for a number to call, the following is a list of resources for anyone struggling with an addiction and/or other concerns.
Hotlines for Substance Abuse and Addiction
- Alcohol Hotline
- Al-Anon for Families of Alcoholics
- Alcohol and Drug Helpline
- Alcohol Treatment Referral Hotline
- Alcohol & Drug Abuse Hotline
- Families Anonymous
- National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Hopeline
- National Cocaine Hotline
- Poison Control
- National Institute on Drug Abuse Hotline
- Cocaine Anonymous
- National Help Line for Substance Abuse
Hotlines for Other Concerns
- Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN)
- National Domestic Violence/Child Abuse/ Sexual Abuse
- Abuse Victim Hotline
- Shoplifters Anonymous
- Eating Disorders Awareness and Prevention
- San Francisco Sex Information:
(415) 989 SFSI
- AIDS Hotline
- American Social Health Association: Sexually Transmitted Disease Hotline
- CDC AIDS Information
- AIDS Info: Treatment, Prevention and Research
- National AIDS Hotline
- National Hopeline Network
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
(800) 273-TALK (8255)
- National Youth Crisis Hotline
(800) 442-HOPE (4673)
- National Domestic Violence Hotline
Sometimes it’s hard to pick up the phone. However, if you live alone or you feel as though you’re facing your problem alone then it might be helpful to have someone to discuss your concerns with. In fact, for some people, talking to a stranger feels safer than talking to a friend or family member. Although the person answering the phone at any of these hotlines may be a stranger, they are also a professional who are available to help. They are trained to receive calls from those who are in difficult situations, including from someone contemplating suicide.
If you or someone you know is in need of assistance, pick up the phone and call the number that can address your concern. Doing so might in fact save your life.
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