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What Are Drug Abuse Hotline Numbers?

A drug abuse hotline or helpline is a toll-free number for the specific purpose of providing confidential and anonymous information related to drug and alcohol addiction treatment. If you are wanting to quit taking drugs, hotlines like these can offer support for addictions to substances like:

  • Cannabis.
  • Prescription painkillers—like Percocet and tramadol.
  • Alcohol.
  • Speed.
  • Prescription stimulants.
  • Cocaine.
  • Crystal meth.

You may be wondering, ‘where can I find drug addiction help near me?’ If you or a loved one is struggling with substance abuse, you can call an addiction hotline number to receive information on drug and alcohol misuse, treatment facilities, and other related topics.

Treatment options that may be discussed include inpatient and outpatient treatment facilities, depending on the level of care as assessed by a healthcare provider. Alcohol and drug addiction helplines are generally available 24/7 and are staffed with caring and knowledgeable individuals who want to help. Calls to substance abuse hotlines are anonymous and you do not have to provide personal information. You will not be judged or reprimanded for drug use. Instead, you’ll be provided with insight into the treatment options that are available to you.

Addiction Helpline Questions: Am I Addicted to Drugs or Alcohol?

Addiction is different for each person living with the condition and can be difficult to identify. However, certain indicators are common among people who misuse substances, including the following criteria from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Health Disorders, 5th Edition (DSM-5), which is used by professionals to assess whether a person has a substance use disorder (SUD):2

  • An inability to stop using a drug.
  • Spending a lot more time alone than normal.
  • Spending a lot of time obtaining, using, or recovering from a drug.
  • Sleeping at odd hours.
  • Having trouble maintaining healthy relationships.
  • Neglecting responsibilities.
  • Losing interest in favorite activities.
  • Experiencing an increased tolerance to a drug (needing more to experience the same effects).
  • Experiencing withdrawal symptoms.
  • Engaging in illegal activities to obtain a drug.

These are some of the signs of drug addiction, but they are not necessarily the only ones. If you or a loved one has experienced 2 or more of these signs within the last 12 months, it may be time to seek help. Calling an addiction helpline number may be an important first step toward sobriety.

Hotline Questions: What Are My Treatment Options?

Many approaches may be effective in the treatment of drug and alcohol addiction:1

  • Behavioral therapy is designed to help a person struggling with addiction learn the skills needed to make meaningful change. Through therapy, they’ll learn the ways that unhealthy thoughts and beliefs keep them using, and they’ll develop problem-solving skills and techniques that can be used to avoid drug use in the future.
  • Programs involving the 12 steps can be effective in helping people stay sober. These treatment programs rely on social support, fellowship, and often have a spiritual, yet non-religious foundation.
  • Medication is useful in some cases to block the effects of drugs, relieve cravings, or alleviate withdrawal symptoms.
  • Holistic treatments can include acupuncture, meditation, and yoga. Equine therapy, wilderness programs, and art or music therapy are also provided at some alcohol and drug rehab centers. You may be able to locate specialized treatment, such as programs for LGBTQ+ people.

Addiction can show up differently among individuals and several approaches may be needed to treat a person. Programs are tailored to each person to ensure that they receive the most appropriate care.

Should I Call a Drug Hotline Number?

Many people struggling with drug and alcohol addiction are unaware of the problem. Physical drug dependence can happen gradually and some individuals falsely feel in control of their drug use.

You may benefit from the information provided by a free, 24-hour drug addiction helpline number even if you are not sure whether you have a problem. A representative from a drug abuse hotline will provide you with the information that you need to combat your addiction.

If you suspect that a family member is misusing drugs or alcohol, someone is available to talk to you and provide assistance at any time of the day. It is never too late to make the call to a drug abuse hotline number. The information you receive could be lifesaving.

What Happens When I Call a Drug or Alcohol Addiction Hotline Number?

When you call a drug or alcohol addiction hotline number, a trained staff member can provide information on a wide variety of topics:

When you call, make sure to ask whatever questions you have in mind. You won’t be judged, and you can ask about anything from the signs of an addiction to how to find a drug or alcohol rehab center near you.

If you’re interested in addiction treatment options and you have health insurance, helpline staff may be able to check your insurance coverage. Prospective programs may ask about your coverage. In many cases, private insurance will cover some or all of your drug or alcohol addiction detox or rehab treatment. Payment options like financing, loans, and sliding scales may be available to help offset the remaining cost of rehab. You can learn how to access rehab treatment without insurance where programs are available.

What if I Am Afraid to Call an Addiction Helpline?

Making the call to a drug use hotline can seem overwhelming. Picking up the phone takes courage, and it is the first step toward healing.

Drug addiction helplines are staffed by specialists who want to see you or your loved one recover. They provide helpful information, treatment options, and answers.

Addiction is a disorder that can affect anyone. You will not be judged, and you can call substance abuse helplines as many times as you need. Supportive individuals are available 24/7 to assist you in finding drug or alcohol help.

Additional Helpful Resources

The following free national drug abuse hotline numbers are presented here as helpful resources.

If you are facing an immediate crisis or believe someone is experiencing an overdose, call 9-1-1 immediately.

  • Boys Town National Hotline: 1 (800) 448-3000
    • Crisis and resource line staffed by counselors to provide information about a variety of issues, including drug dependency.
  • Covenant House Teen Hotline (NineLine): 1 (800) 852-8336
    • General hotline for adolescents, teens, and their families. Assistance with any kind of problem—including alcohol and drug use. Covenant House specializes in homeless and runaway youth.
  • National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD): 1 (800) NCA-CALL (622-2255)
    • NCADD’s HOPE LINE directs callers to numerous affiliate programs around the country to assist, at a local level, with substance use issues.
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Helpline: 1 (800) 662-HELP (4357) or 1 (800) 487-4889 (TDD) for the hearing impaired
    • Confidential information service for individuals and family members faced with substance use disorders and/or mental health issues. Information is available in English and Spanish.
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: Dial 988
    • Not just a suicide hotline, this lifeline offers help with issues of drug and alcohol abuse.
  • Partnership For Drug-Free Kids: Text CONNECT to 55753

Find Addiction Treatment Programs

Professional addiction treatment can start anyone battling a substance use problem on the path to a happier and healthier life. Rehab programs are located throughout the U.S., and many offer specialized treatment that can cater to individual needs. You can use SAMHSA’s Find Treatment tool to search for facilities. Many state government websites will provide local drug and alcohol resources to those in need. To find your state government’s website, do a web search for your state name and ‘.gov.’

You can contact American Addiction Centers’ (AAC’s) free helpline at . We are a leading provider of addiction treatment programs and have trusted rehab facilities across the country. Our experienced admissions navigators will direct you toward the help you need.

There are also toll-free alcohol abuse hotline numbers and resources available.

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