Resources to Support Someone with Addiction Issues

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The op-ed I wrote last week brought up (among other things) the issue of addiction in our community. Upon encouragement by a few others, I am sharing here some resources recommended to me that you might find helpful if you or someone you know is struggling with addiction of any kind.

  • Al-Anon: Resources and meetings for friends and family wanting to support someone with addiction issues.
  • Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator: This US government-sponsored locator directs you to treatment facilities for substance abuse.
  • National Council on Problem Gambling: Has a lot of resources to support someone with gambling addiction issues, including statewide programs, a hotline, and background literature.
  • Narcotics Anonymous : A nonprofit society of men and women for whom drugs had become a major problem. Recovering addicts meet regularly to help each other stay clean.
  • The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-TALK) : Beyond suicide prevention, this hotline can also help with a host of issues, including drug and alcohol abuse, and can connect individuals with a nearby professional.
  • Smart Recovery: A cognitive-behavioral, non-religious alternative to twelve-step programs. 

Thanks to the many of you who shared resources that you recommend or found helpful. Feel free to share other resources that you know about in the comments, or email them to me at

PHOTO CREDIT: "Embrace" by Philip Ingham