Addiction hotlines are readily available to anyone who would like to speak to a knowledgeable person about addiction to drugs, alcohol or destructive behaviors. Calling an addiction hotline can be helpful and constructive in an infinite number of ways.
Calling an addiction hotline can help an addict find treatment, work through depression or thoughts of suicide or simply help her to feel that she is not alone.
However, talking to someone at an addiction hotline is not a substitute for treatment; rather, it should be thought of as a first step in reaching out for help, or as an invaluable resource in a crisis.
When to Call an Addiction Hotline
Call 911 if you think you may have overdosed or if you fear that someone else may have overdosed. You should call an addiction hotline under the following circumstances:
- If you are an addict seeking treatment
- If you would like to speak with someone regarding your addiction or drug problem, even if you are not seeking treatment
- If you are concerned about a friend or family member with addiction or substance abuse issues
- If you are depressed or suicidal as a result of addiction
- If your addictive behavior is causing problems in your life
- If you are addicted to destructive behavior such as gambling or porn
Please note that this is not an all-inclusive list. There may be many other instances in which you would be well advised to call an addiction hotline. The fact that your particular reason for calling is not on this list should not prevent you from calling an addiction hotline if you think it can do you some good.
When Not to Call an Addiction Hotline
Addiction hotlines are there to help. Addiction hotlines are staffed by people who know about substance abuse and addiction. The people manning the phones at addiction hotlines not only want to help, it is their job.
If you are addicted to drugs, alcohol or destructive behavior there is almost no conceivable reason not to take advantage of this resource.
You should not call an addiction hotline under the following circumstances:
- You are making a prank call
- You have no addiction or substance abuse issues whatsoever in your life or the lives of those around you
- If you or someone else is experiencing an overdose, allergic reaction or other emergency situation
Need to Talk to Someone about Addiction?
If you would like to speak with someone about drugs, alcohol, substance abuse or addiction, call our 24-hour toll-free helpline, 760-548-4032. We will be happy to talk with you, answer any questions you may have and help you find treatment if you wish.