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Addiction is widespread in American society, touching millions of families every year; however, “only 10% of US individuals who need treatment for drug addiction receive it.”1
Unfortunately, many people are unaware of the resources that are available for those impacted by drug or alcohol abuse. If you or someone you care about is struggling with addiction, making a call to a substance abuse hotline can be a great first step in the recovery process.
In an Emergency? Call 911
While hotlines are excellent resources that can provide information on substance abuse and offer referrals to treatment centers, they are not a replacement for professional help and cannot provide emergency care. If you are in a medical or mental health emergency, call 911 immediately.
Hotlines are helpful, trusted starting points for:
Some also offer crisis services where you can talk about any matter that may be causing you distress.
Hotlines aren’t just for the person who’s addicted; they are also beneficial for friends, family, and anyone else affected by addiction. After all, addiction doesn’t just impact the person who abuses substances; it also takes a heavy toll on everyone involved in the user’s life.
Drug and alcohol hotlines connect you with substance abuse professionals who can offer confidential, free, and, in many cases, round-the-clock assistance.
Hotlines are anonymous and confidential, so you do not have to provide any identifying information (you don’t even have to give your name). By calling a hotline, you’ll be connected with a trusted advisor who understands what you (or your loved one) are going through. In many cases, advisors are in recovery themselves, so they have been in your shoes and will know how to provide the best guidance possible to get you started on the path to recovery.
Many people are hesitant to call a hotline because they aren’t sure if they’re ready to talk about treatment, or they might be afraid to confront the idea that they (or their loved one) may have a problem. Remember, a hotline is there for support—you don’t have to make any decisions at this point; you can use the hotline as a starting point and decide what to do next after your call.
You don’t have to make any decisions at this point; you can use the hotline as a starting point and decide what to do next after your call.
Some people might not know if they should call because they’re unsure if they or someone they love is actually addicted. While it’s not necessary for you to know for sure in order to call, it may help you to know the signs and symptoms of a substance use disorder. They include:2
These symptoms may indicate you or someone you care about has a problem that a hotline may be able to help you with. They can offer support, an open ear, and may be able to direct you to trusted treatment resources.
Are you ready to get treatment for yourself or a loved one? We can help. Desert Hope offers a continuum of care that is tailored to your specific needs and ranges from medical detox to outpatient services. Upon admission/intake into our program at Desert Hope, you will be screened for a variety of factors, such as the severity of your drug or alcohol use, whether you have co-occurring mental or physical problems, and your risk for severe or complicated withdrawal to help determine the appropriate level of care for you.
Some of the options offered by Desert Hope include:
Desert Hope also offers a comprehensive treatment path for veterans and first responders. This program is dedicated to military veterans and first responders whose lives have been impacted by addiction and trauma. This treatment path includes a wide range of therapies to help veterans and first responders address trauma and work toward healthier ways of coping that don’t involve substance use.
Desert Hope offers a 90-day promise because they stand behind and believe in their program’s effectiveness. They guarantee you will stay clean and sober after you successfully complete 90 consecutive days of treatment with Desert Hope, or you can return to an American Addiction Centers facility for 30 days of complimentary treatment. Terms and conditions apply.
You can also contact the following hotlines for additional free and confidential assistance and referrals for substance abuse or crisis issues.