Helping Yourself

Resources to help you if you’re struggling with substance abuse, addiction or recovery

If you are struggling with any issues related to drugs, alcohol, mental health challenges or some stage of recovery, there are many resources available to help you. Please explore this page to learn about the many ways you can get help and support to overcome the challenges you are facing. The resources on this page have been selected because they are trustworthy and most are free. Many links on this page are to well-respected non-profit organizations that exist with the mission to give you the support, compassion, and assistance to help you be your best.

Actions YOU Can Take

Explore the Addiction Resource Center

The Addiction Resource Center is one of the best places to find a wide range of high-quality resources to help you deal with challenges related to addiction. The Center offers a free, confidential 24×7 helpline: 1-833-301-HELP (4357). It also has a resource locator to help you find treatment and other resources near your ZIP code. This is an excellent resource for helping yourself or for learning to help The Addiction Resource Center is an initiative from the Addiction Policy Forum, a 501(c)(3) dedicated to creating a world where is addiction is no longer a major health problem. There website includes excellent guidance on What to Do in a Crisis.

Call a free helpline for the topic you need help with

The following are some of the best, unbiased, compassionate help lines that exist with a mission to help those in need.
The Addiction Resource Center’s free, confidential 24/7 helpline is 1-833-301-HELP (4357)

Find Trustworthy Treatment Centers

Unfortunately, a search for treatment centers to help with addiction can easily lead to bad actors who don’t have your best interest in mind. Profit-motivated companies (which may or may not offer helpful treatment) are skilled at finding people who are searching the Internet to get help. It is better to go through a trusted non-profit organization that is motivated to help you, with no financial interest in directing you to centers that may not be best for you. One helpful resource is the SAFE Project’s Treatment Locator. You can also find local resources with the resource locator that is part of the Addiction Resource Center.

Educate Yourself on Addiction. Knowledge is Power!

The following are some of the best easy-to-understand, research-based educational sites with short videos on many important topics.
Addiction A-Z from the Addiction Policy Forum
Excellent videos from PsychHub (link coming later)
Shatterproof’s Learning Library is filled with excellent content (Click on Learn in the menu.)

Find a better way to deal with your pain.

Are you taking opioids to deal with chronic pain? To make it easier to stop taking opioids and reduce your risk of developing a dangerous addiction, it is helpful to know about the many other options to address your pain. Fortunately, there are many options and many reliable resources to help you determine what options may be best for you. Opioids have been an easy option, and they were almost always covered by insurance, so they became a very common options. But there not the only option. Invest some time to learn about alternative ways to manage, treat or eliminate your pain.
The SAFE Project’s Beyond Opioids: Alternatives for Treating Pain