Top 10 national drug or alcohol use hotlines

For people in need of urgent help with drug or alcohol problems, we offer the top 10 telephone hotlines.

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A phone call can change your life

Sometimes, all it takes is one phone call to change your life. Here is a list of hotline and helplines that can get you into addiction treatment, or to a safe place to wait for help. Please note that not all hotlines are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you don’t get in touch with a live person, keep calling and move down the list.

  1. 1-800-999-9999 National Directory of Drug Hotlines, Narcotics Hotlines, and Crisis Intervention Centers
  2. 1-800-662-HELP Drug and Alcohol Hotline for Rehab/Treatment Referral Service
  3. Alcoholics Anonymous 24 hour helplines by zip code
  4. Narcotics Anonymous hotlines and helplines
  5. 1-800-356-9996 Al-Anon & Alateen crisis line
  6. 1-800-COCAINE National Cocaine Hotline, 24-hour counseling and referral
  7. 1-800-9-HEROIN National Heroin Hotline
  8. 1-888-MARIJUA National Marijuana Hotline
  9. 1-800-273-TALK National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
  10. 1-800-WORKPLACE Drug-Free Workplace Help

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About the author
Lee Weber is a published author, medical writer, and woman in long-term recovery from addiction. Her latest book, The Definitive Guide to Addiction Interventions is set to reach university bookstores in early 2019.


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    1. Hi Andra. Call a toll-free Alcohol Helpline on 1-888-675-1820 to find a high-quality alcohol addiction treatment program. This helpline is accessible 24/7 and gives you the chance to speak with trusted treatment consultants who can help you find an alcohol recovery program suited to your individual needs.

  1. I cannot escape myself. I feel like i do nothing but ruin everything in my path… ive pushed away anyone whose ever loved me. My addiction has been ongoing since i was a 15 year old boy and i really dont think i want to live through this anymore… i dont know how to say this to my wife without it sounding like im just looking for pitty or something… ive tried i really have tried so hard and things still go south even while im living right. I dont want to go through this anymore

    1. Hi Chris. I suggest that you call the helpline you see on the website to get in touch with a trusted treatment consultant.

    1. Hi Taylor. Call the helpline you see on the website to get in touch with a trusted treatment consultant.

    1. Hi Kevin. Call the number displayed on the website to get in touch with a trusted treatment consultant who can answer your questions. The helpline is free, confidential, and available 24/7. You may call any time you want.

  2. I need help. I’m addicted to narcos from old injuries I’m not even sure need the pills but I look to them as a be all I have anxiety issues so I to self medicate with xanax. I got started on my own (no doctors) with steroids for bodybuilding and haven’t been able to come off, or give up the heavy weights furthubg damage to my body. My health and quality of life is deteriorating and hurting relationships pushing them away or seeing me suffer and not myself

    1. Hi Matt. Call the number displayed on the website to get in touch with a trusted treatment consultant. The helpline is free, confidential, and available 24/7.

    1. Hi Brian. I suggest that you call the helpline on the website to speak with a trusted treatment consultant.

  3. Hello Regina. For your friends safety and health, she should see a doctor. She can get examined by a medical proffecional and get switched to another mediction, or change doses.

  4. I have a friend that is kicking heroin, this is day 4, she was taking reduced amounts of suboxone and she was okay, today she took a turn for the worst even though she had a low dose of suboxone I don’t really understand what is going on.

  5. I Called Addiction Hotline services, where they are really polite and gives me a good response which helps get back to me normal…and they were available till the end…


  6. I called the local AA central office several times while trying to get sober, and even in recovery. It has seriously saved my life. Real alcoholics who can relate helped me through my toughest times when I didn’t have the courage to call anyone else. All you need is a little willingness.

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