The field of addiction treatment and recovery has been advancing significantly in recent years. For instance, experts are recognizing the differences among men and women, teens and adults, and the elderly and younger adults when it comes to addiction and the needs one has in order to recover.
Yet, not matter who you are or what your age is, if you’re in recovery, then you’re going to want to have a list of resources that you can rely upon. You’re going to want to have a strong support network so that you feel strengthened on your journey of recovery.
Resources to Hang up on Your Refrigerator, Keep in Your Wallet, or Among Your Important Documents.
- The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA): SAMHSA is an agency within the United States Department of Health that is dedicated to the advancement of behavioral health in the country. It aims to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness throughout America.
- One reason you might want to know about this organization is that is frequently provides the latest information on research, treatment, recovery, and substance abuse. SAMHSA supports families of those who struggle with mental illness and substance abuse. They also can help build strong communities and provide a means to reduce the costs of behavioral health programs down.
- Alcohol and Drug Health Line 800-821-4357
- Alcohol Anonymous: Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is a fellowship of men and women who have lost their control when it comes to drinking and/or drug use. When first beginning their process of sobriety, AA participants find themselves in various types of trouble as a result of their addiction. The benefit of participating in an AA community is that you have people around who have found a way to live a fulfilling and satisfying life without alcohol or drugs. The point of the AA fellowship is to provide guidance and support to others who are seeking the same thing in life. To access 12-step meetings that address addictions to alcohol, visit the national Alcoholics Anonymous website or call 212-870-3400.
- American Council for Drug Education 800-488-DRUG
- American Council on Alcoholism 800-527-5344
- Center for Substance Abuse Treatment 800-662-HELP
- Cocaine Anonymous: To access 12-step meetings that address addictions to cocaine, visit the national Cocaine Anonymous website or call 310-559-5833.
- Co-Dependents Anonymous 602-277-7991
- Division on Addiction (Harvard Medical School) 617-432-0058
- Families Anonymous (for families with addiction) 800-736-9805
- Gamblers Anonymous: To access 12-step meetings that address addictions to gambling, visit the national Gambling Anonymous website or call 213-386-8789.
- Harm Reduction Coalition 212-213-6376
- Join Together (for communities) 617-437-1500
- LifeRing Secular Recovery (LifeRing or LSR) 800-811-4142
- Narcotics Anonymous: This is a form of drug treatment that focuses on an addiction to narcotics that is also based upon the 12-step model. Anyone interested in NA meetings should visit the national site for Narcotics Anonymous or call 818-773-9999.
- National Clearinghouse for Alcohol & Drug Info 800-729-6686
- National Council on Alcoholism Information Line 800-NCA-CALL
- National Institute on Drug Abuse Information Line 888-NIH-NIDA
If you’re in recovery, these numbers might come in handy. In fact, they might even save a life.
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