Alcohol and Drug Hotlines: Who Can You Call When You Need Help?

Alcohol and Drug Hotlines
Dominic Nicosia

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Dominic Nicosia

One of the worst things about addiction and mental illness is that it makes you feel alone and that there’s nobody you can reach out to for help. Very often, especially in times of acute crisis, this line of thinking can mean the difference between self-harm and self-preservation. Sometimes the help we need right away can come from people we least expect and, that we’ve never even met. For decades, alcohol and drug hotlines have served as literal lifelines for those needing immediate help and support.

These hotlines are staffed with compassionate, empathetic, and experienced people who know what you or your loved one is going through. They can deescalate stress, help you calm down and, perhaps most importantly, just talk to you in the moment. One of the best parts about these hotlines is that, instead of offering judgment, they offer resources that can help you after you feel empowered enough to advocate for yourself. If you or your loved one are struggling with substance use or mental illness, here are some alcohol and drug hotlines that can help you get the ball rolling on recovery. Don’t be afraid or ashamed to make the call.

SAMHSA’s National Help Line

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has a National Helpline (also known as the Treatment Referral Routing Service) that can immediately route you to substance use and mental health resources in your area. It offers 24-7, free, and confidential access to those in crisis or those looking to get their loved one help.

Number – 1-800-662-HELP (4357)

Alcoholics Anonymous State Hotlines

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) offers state hotlines for those who need help across the country. Check the information of your state chapter AA for their 24-7 hotline. Representatives will help you find meetings and recovery solutions as soon as possible.

Narcotics Anonymous State Hotlines

Similar to AA’s state hotlines, Narcotics Anonymous (NA) offers phone numbers for each state to help you find meetings and support as you find your way to recovery from opioids and other types of drug addiction.

Additional Mental Health Hotlines

Addiction doesn’t occur in a vacuum. There’s almost always an underlying mental health issue associated with substance use. Below are some helplines that can offer quick and immediate assistance to those in need:

Suicide And Crisis

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Dominic Nicosia

Dominic Nicosia

Dominic Nicosia, a seasoned content writer, brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the realm of healthcare writing, particularly in the addiction care field. Holding a Bachelor's Degree in Communications and Professional Writing from the University of the Arts Philadelphia (2009), Dominic has carved a niche for himself with over seven years of specialized writing experience in addiction care.

As the Senior Content Writer at Recovery Unplugged, Dominic is entrusted with the pivotal role of curating and overseeing the online blog, ensuring its alignment with the highest standards of accuracy, relevance, and trustworthiness. His responsibilities extend beyond the blog, encompassing all written communications within the Marketing domain. From articles and thought leadership pieces to web content, Dominic's penmanship is evident in every written facet of Recovery Unplugged.

Dominic's credibility is further enhanced by his contributions to esteemed publications like Austin Fit Magazine, where he delves into critical topics such as drug use, addiction, recovery, and mental health. His writings not only reflect his profound understanding of the subject matter but also resonate with readers, offering insights and guidance. Outside the professional sphere, Dominic's passion for music is evident. He has been writing and playing music for years, showcasing his versatility and depth as a writer and artist.

Dominic Nicosia stands as a beacon of expertise and credibility in the healthcare writing community. With a deep understanding of his subject matter and a commitment to accuracy, he consistently delivers content that is both informative and reliable, meeting the highest standards of quality and trustworthiness in the industry.


  • Proven track record in managing and enhancing online blogs, articles, and thought leadership pieces.
  • Adept at blending his passion for music with his writing, offering a unique perspective on topics.


  • Bachelor's Degree in Communications and Professional Writing from the University of the Arts Philadelphia (2009).
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