Addiction alters the brain in insidious ways, but people who misuse alcohol and drugs can and do recover. Resources across the country offer treatment and support, although the current opioid epidemic is straining the nation’s treatment centers. The federal agency charged with combating substance abuse, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, is a good place for addicts to consult for help.
To find treatment centers that are accredited by state or federal authorities and have specially trained staff, go to this locator.
You can find physicians authorized to treat opioid dependency with buprenorphine at this locator.
Programs that treat drug dependency with methadone are listed here by state.
You can reach support groups at these sites for help in battling addiction:
12-step program for recovery from alcohol addiction
12-step program for recovery from cocaine addiction
Crystal Meth Anonymous
12-step program for recovery from crystal meth addiction
Dual Recovery Anonymous
12-step program for recovery from chemical dependence combined with emotional/psychiatric illness
12-step program for recovery from marijuana addiction
12-step program for recovery from drug addiction
4-Point Program® for recovery from all types of addictive behaviors, focusing on changing self-defeating thinking, emotions, and actions
Al-Anon Family Groups
12-step program to help family and friends recover from the effects of someone else’s alcohol addiction
12-step program to help family and friends recover from the effects of someone else’s drug addiction
For More Information
Visit SAMHSA’s website, or call the National Helpline at 800-662-HELP (4357). Free, confidential advice is available 24 hours a day from trained specialists who can provide referrals to local treatment facilities, support groups, and community-based organizations. Callers can also request free publications.