23 April 2018

Finding Help for an Addiction

Addiction can come in many forms and it does not discriminate on who it affects.  Chances are high that you personally know someone who is facing some form of addiction.  It can be a family member, a friend, a co-worker, a neighbor, or even yourself.  Finding the right resources is crucial to making that first step towards getting help.  While friends and family can be a very strong system of support, it is also wise to reach out to get help from professionals who are trained to deal with addiction.

Where to Look for Help:


There are several hotline numbers that have trained professionals ready and waiting to take your call.

Below are a list of some of these helpful numbers:

SAMHSA's National Helpline:  1-800-662-HELP (4357)
1-800-COCAINE  (Cocaine Hotline)
1-800-9-HEROIN  (Heroin Hotline)
1-800-356-9996  (Al Anon and Alateen Line)
1-800-273-TALK  (National Suicide Prevention Line)

 Referral Services

Finding access to local help is important with addiction.  There are several different referral services aimed to help you locate professional help in your area.

Alcoholics Anonymous:  Visit their website, input your zip code, and a list of local resources will populate.

Addiction Treatment by State:

Addiction Treatment in Washington - Recovery Village is a nationally recognized quality resource for addiction treatment in the state of Washington.  They are available 24 hours a day,  7 days a week.  Reaching out to them for help is always met with confidentiality.

SAMHSA - You can either call SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) at 1800-662-HELP, or you can visit their website here to locate resources in your area.  SAMHSA is also a great resource for information on state insurance and sliding fee scale programs.

Don't Stop There

Continue to find local support systems through friends, family, local support groups, your church, etc.  Another great resource is your health care provider.  Your doctor can also help refer you to local resources that can help, such as with a drug and alcohol counselor that can help you work through your addiction issues in a safe and confidential environment.  The most important step is the first step in asking for help.


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