If you or someone you know needs help, there is someone who will listen and help you. The moment you reach out, share, and begin talking with someone -- you are that much closer to the solution to your problem and finding the help and guidance that you need. Reach out to a family member, family physician, trusted friend, church, counselor, or one of the national helplines listed below.
If you are in an emergency, dail 911
If you are experiencing an emergency and need help from police, fire department or ambulance, dial 911. If you’re not sure whether the situation is a true emergency, officials recommend calling 911 and letting the call-taker determine whether you need emergency help.
When you call 911, be prepared to answer the call-taker's questions, which may include:
If you or a friend are in crisis and need to speak with someone now...
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, across the United States. They don't just provide help about suicide—they cover a lot of issues and will help put you in touch with someone close by. Lifeline services are available in English (1-800-273-8255), for Spanish language speakers (1-888-628-9454), and for individuals who may be deaf or hard of hearing (1-800-799-4889).
Crisis Text Line: text 741741
Crisis Text Line is free, 24/7, confidential crisis support by text. Crisis Text Line serves anyone, in any type of crisis, providing access to free, 24/7 support and information. Here’s how it works:
211 is a free, confidential referral and information helpline and website that connects people of all ages and from all communities to the essential health and human services they need, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
A toll-free call to 211 connects you to a community resource specialist in your area who can put you in touch with local organizations that provide critical services that can improve—and save—lives.
Support for family members and friends of a loved one
- Al-Anon, Al-Ateen and Online Meetings – Relatives and friends who have concerns about the drinking problem of another. Learn more
- Nar-Anon - Relatives and friends who have concerned about the addiction or drug problem of another. Learn more and Nar-Anon Online Forum Learn More
- PAL Group - Parents of Addicted Loved ones provides hope and support through education for parents and family. Learn more
- Lifeline for Loss – Overdose Lifelines' Indianapolis-based support group for those who have lost a loved one to overdose. Learn more
- Drugfree.org Parent Support Services - Learn evidence-based skills and strategies to help you better communicate with your child and motivate them to change behavior or get the help and treatment they need. Help and Hope by Text App: Learn More and One on one Parent Support: Learn More
Support for individuals affected by addiction/substance use disorder
- Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) - Information and local meeting locator and AA Online - Online meeting directory
- Heroin Anonymous (HA) - Information and local meeting locator
- In the Rooms Online Community - Online community and live meetings
- Narcotics Anonymous (NA) - Information and local meeting locator
- SmartRecovery - Information and local meeting locator and SmartRecovery Online - Online forums and meetings
- Medication-Assisted Recovery Anonymous - Go to our "Find a Meeting" page for days and times for online meetings and meeting log-on information.
Information on treatment and where you can find it:
The National Institution on Drug Abuse (NIDA) lists 13 fundamental principles of effective addiction / substance use disorder treatment that is based on research. They are not opinions, but empirical and fact-based conclusions. These 13 principles can serve as a guide if you are searching for effective treatment for yourself or a loved one.
Principles of Effective Treatment
Treatment Step-by-Step Guides
2. for adults seeking help
3. for parents or guardians seeking help for their teen or young adult child
4. for people trying to help an adult loved one
Addiction is a Complex
But Treatable Disease That Affects Brain Function and Behavior
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