Hotlines for Substance Use Disorders and Mental Health Issues

A wide range of organizations operate hotlines that offer free services to people struggling with addiction, eating disorders, mental health disorders and other problems. Whether you're looking for an addiction treatment facility, a support group or someone to talk to in a time of need, you are not alone. Help is just a phone call away.
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Regardless of the problem you or a loved one is facing, there’s likely a number you can call to get immediate help from someone who understands exactly what you’re going through.

Confidential hotlines run by federal agencies, nonprofits and other organizations can connect you with crisis counselors or trained staff who have the knowledge and resources to guide you toward recovery from drug addiction and other mental health concerns. Many hotlines are free to call and available 24/7. You can often receive help while remaining completely anonymous.

Contact a crisis hotline today for assistance with addiction, mental illness, domestic abuse or another issue affecting your mental health. With one phone call, you can receive emotional support and information about treatment centers and supportive services in your area.

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Hotlines for Substance Abuse Disorders logo Hotline

Phone: 855-789-9197

Hours: 24/7

Get answers to your questions from the admissions team at Advanced Recovery Systems. Our mission is to give people and their families the knowledge, resources and tools they need to overcome addiction. Call our 24-hour hotline to learn about evidence-based treatment options for drug and alcohol addiction, eating disorders and co-occurring mental health disorders. We can connect you with a treatment center and answer your questions about admissions, costs, insurance and other important topics.


SAMHSA’s National Helpline

Phone: 800-662-4357

Hours: 24/7

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s helpline offers information in English and Spanish to people facing addiction, substance abuse problems and mental health concerns. Callers from the United States and U.S. territories can get free help finding nearby physicians and treatment centers specializing in addiction and mental health disorders.

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NCADD Hope Line

Phone: 800-622-2255

Hours: 24/7

The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence and its network of affiliate organizations provide assistance to people struggling with substance use disorders, such as alcoholism and opioid addiction. NCADD can help you assess your situation and provide information on treatment options. The Hope Line can connect you with a nearby treatment center and other helpful resources in your community.

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Alcoholics Anonymous General Service Office

Phone: 212-870-3400

Alcoholics Anonymous is a worldwide fellowship of men and women who have struggled with alcoholism. People in recovery attend AA meetings to receive nonprofessional support from peers who understand their personal struggles with alcohol and maintaining sobriety. The organization hosts thousands of meetings for anyone who wants to work on their problems with alcohol. To find a meeting near you, call the Alcoholics Anonymous General Service Office or visit the AA website.

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Hotlines for Mental Health Disorders

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National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Phone: 800-273-8255

Hours: 24/7

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides emotional support and resources to people who are contemplating suicide or experiencing emotional distress. This free and confidential service is provided by a national network of local crisis centers aiming to raise suicide awareness and improve crisis response services.

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NAMI HelpLine

Phone: 800-950-6264

Hours: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST

The National Alliance on Mental Illness HelpLine offers free and confidential assistance to people with mental health disorders, their family members and their caregivers. The advocacy group provides information about mental health conditions and refers callers to nearby treatment and support services.

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The Trevor Lifeline

Phone: 866-488-7386

Hours: 24/7

The Trevor Project is a national organization that provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ+ people 13 to 24 years old. The Trevor Lifeline offers immediate help to those in crisis. Individuals can also receive assistance via TrevorText by texting “Trevor” to 202-304-1200. The text-based support service is available Monday through Friday from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. EST.

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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Veterans Crisis Line

Phone: 800-273-8255

Hours: 24/7

The Veterans Crisis Line provides support to veterans, active service members and loved ones experiencing suicidal thoughts or another personal crisis. VA responders are trained and ready to help veterans facing problems with mental health, substance abuse, relationships and adjusting to civilian life. All services are free and confidential. You do not need to be registered with the VA or enrolled in VA health care to receive help.

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LGBT National Hotline

Phone: 888-843-4564

Hours: Monday through Friday, 4 p.m. to 12 a.m. EST, Saturday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. EST

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender National Hotline offers one-on-one support, information and local resources to members of the LGBTQ+ community. The free and confidential hotline helps callers of all ages with mental health problems, coming-out concerns, relationship problems, bullying and more. You can also call to find LGBT-friendly support groups, religious organizations and sports leagues.

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Hotlines for Loved Ones Affected by Addiction

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National Domestic Violence Hotline

Phone: 800-799-7233

Hours: 24/7

The National Domestic Violence Hotline provides vital support to people experiencing relationship abuse or domestic partner violence. Trained staff members offer education, emotional support, helpful resources and referral services. The hotline is open to victims of abuse and friends or family members who have questions about domestic violence.

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Heartbeat International Option Line

Phone: 800-712-4357

Hours: 24/7

The Option Line offers education and support to women facing an unexpected pregnancy. The free and confidential hotline also connects callers with social services and local organizations that can provide one-on-one support.

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Al-Anon Family Groups

Phone: 888-425-2666

Hours: 24/7

Al-Anon Family Groups offers a supportive community for teens and adults affected by another person’s alcoholism. People attend Al-Anon and Alateen meetings to share support, coping strategies and stories of hope with others who are suffering because of a friend or family member’s addiction. Call the Al-Anon hotline to find meetings in your area.

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Nar-Anon Family Groups

Phone: 800-477-6291

Hours: Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. PST, Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. PST

Nar-Anon Family Groups is a fellowship for people affected by a loved one’s drug addiction. Nar-Anon hosts weekly meetings where members discuss the challenges of addiction and share support. Members learn the Twelve Steps of Nar-Anon, which can help them cope with personal problems related to a friend or family member’s addiction. Call the Nar-Anon hotline to locate meetings in your community.

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Teen and Youth Hotlines

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Teen Line

Phone: 800-852-8336

Hours: Every night from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. PST

Teen Line offers peer support to adolescents experiencing a wide range of problems, including substance abuse, pregnancy, bullying, depression and suicide. Teen Line responders are teenagers with specialized training who will listen to your problems, explain the options available to you and refer you to helpful community resources.

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Planned Parenthood Hotline

Phone: 800-230-7526

Planned Parenthood provides high-quality and affordable health care to young people and adults. The organization has health centers nationwide that offer sex education, pregnancy testing, reproductive health care and women’s services. Call the Planned Parenthood hotline to ask a medical question or to get help locating a nearby health center.

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The Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline

Phone: 800-422-4453

Hours: 24/7

The Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline is dedicated to preventing child abuse. Professional crisis counselors provide crisis intervention, information and referrals to emergency, social and support services. The hotline, which serves the United States and Canada, offers help in more than 170 languages. All calls are free and confidential.

Medical Disclaimer: aims to improve the quality of life for people struggling with a substance use or mental health disorder with fact-based content about the nature of behavioral health conditions, treatment options and their related outcomes. We publish material that is researched, cited, edited and reviewed by licensed medical professionals. The information we provide is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. It should not be used in place of the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare provider.

Trey Dyer
Content Writer,
Trey Dyer is a writer for and an advocate for substance abuse treatment. Trey is passionate about sharing his knowledge and tales about his own family’s struggle with drug addiction to help others overcome the challenges that face substance dependent individuals and their families. Trey has a degree in journalism from American University and has been writing professionally since 2011.

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