Millions of Americans struggle with addiction—and their families and friends are affected too. Here's how you can seek information, guidance and assistance.
- Posted on May 5, 2016
Millions of Americans battle some kind of addiction, and many more have a family member or friend who is struggling or has struggled with addiction. Whether you are looking for general information on addiction to alcohol or drugs or specific ways to find help, there are many resources available.
Where to Find Help or Treatment
Call The National Treatment Referral Hotline
Call 1-800-662-HELP for information and referral services for people seeking treatment programs and other assistance. This 24-hour hotline number is operated by the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT), a part of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
See a complete list of their hotlines and resources, including a hotline specifically for veterans here.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse offers a list of questions to ask as you consider treatment options.
Contact Alcoholics Anonymous
The respected organization offers resources and feature a meeting-finder on their site, where you can find an A.A. meeting near you.
About 17 million adults have a severe drinking problem. If you’re not sure if you have an alcohol problem, answer these 12 questions from A.A.
The National Institute for Alcohol and Alcohol Abuse also has a list of questions to help determine whether you might have a drinking problem.
Where to Find Resources for Friends and Family Members
Al-Anon offers support and resources for the family members and loved ones of problem drinkers. They offer support meetings around the country and outside the U.S. The Al-Anon site offers a find a meeting link, as well as a description of the kinds of support they offer, and practical advice like what to expect from a meeting. They also offer Al-Ateen specifically designed for teenagers.
Nar-Anon is a 12-step program offering support to the families and loved ones addicted to narcotics. Their site offers information about their approach and a meeting finder resource.
Where to Find General Information
The National Institute Alcohol and Alcohol Abuse also offers general information about the effects of alcohol on your health, including the following areas of concern:
The National Institute on Drug Abuse offers information on the science of addiction.
Many people who are addicted to drugs are also diagnosed with other mental disorders, including anxiety or depression. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services offers resources for those with mental disorders, at MentalHealth.gov.