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It’s difficult to have a conversation with someone you suspect might have a drug problem, especially if it is someone you have a close relationship with, such as a roommate, teammate, classmate, or coworker. And yet as hard as that discussion may be, it may go a long way toward helping someone in need. So here are some ways in which you can prepare and proceed.
If you or someone you care about is abusing or at risk of abusing drugs, there’s hope.
The resources provided below should help you find the assistance you may be looking for.
If you recognize you have a problem, you’ve already taken the first step! Once you have the desire and determination to make a change, it’s time to take the second step—reaching out for help.
If you’re ready for help, reach out to your parents or guardians. If, for whatever reason you can’t or don’t want to reach out to them, there are other people you can reach out to for help. Go to someone you feel comfortable with, tell them what’s wrong and you’re ready to make things better.
You may want to reach out to one of the following people:
If you don’t want to go to someone you know to talk to, you can go directly to professional organizations that have staff trained specifically to help you, listed below.
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These resources have trained staff available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, who you can talk to in confidence. They can direct you to local organizations that can help you take that next step.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration National Helpline, 1-800-662-HELP (4357) is a confidential, 24 hour, 7 days a week information service, available in English and Spanish, for individuals and family members facing drug and mental health issues. The service provides referrals to local treatment facilities, support groups, and community based organizations.
National Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Center (NASAIC), 1-800-784-6776 has a listing of drug and alcohol treatment centers for every level of treatment. You can call, live chat or fill out a contact form to talk with staff who are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
National Intervention Referral, 1-800-399-3612, is a resource to use when looking for information on and help with interventions with alcohol and drug problems. You can contact the trained staff 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to talk with them about the intervention process and to get treatment referrals.
Boys Town National Hotline, 1-800-448-300, is a resource and referral hotline staffed by trained counselors 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, who respond to questions about family and school problems, pregnancy, suicide, chemical dependency, and sexual and physical abuse. They also have a chat room.
National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD), 1-800-NCA-CALL (622-2255), NCADD provides assistance to those who need help and guidance confronting alcohol or drug dependence, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 1-800-273-TALK (8255), is a confidential, 24 hour, 7 days a week suicide prevention service available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. The Lifeline’s national network of local crisis centers provides counseling and mental health referrals.
The Covenant House, 1-800-999-9999, has experience in dealing with homeless and runaway youth. They provide assistance for homeless youth 17-21 years of age, with crisis shelters open 24 hours a day with a hot meal, warm bed and other assistance in a safe environment