ARTICLE OVERVIEW: Guess what? You don’t have to struggle with a drug problem all by yourself. Helplines are about addiction and its treatment can help. Representatives who answer helplines listen without judgment and try to understand what you are looking for. It’s not too late to turn everything around. Please make the call to find the help you deserve.
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
- Where Do I Start?
- Narcotic Helpline Benefits
- Top 5 Narcotic Help And Recovery Hotlines
- Do I Need Narcotic Addiction Help?
- Calling A Narcotic Hotline For An Addicted Loved One
- What Happens After A Drug Hotline Call?
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Where Do I Start?
Asking for help is the first important step. But visiting your doctor for a possible referral to treatment is not the only way to do it. If it´s way too personal, and you don´t feel comfortable you can also contact an addiction specialist on a Narcotic Helpline. Helplines are information services about addiction and its treatment. Asking for help is the first step to getting better. 
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Narcotic Helpline Benefits
Guess what? You don’t have to struggle with a drug problem all by yourself. Helplines are information services about addiction and its treatment. Representatives who answer helplines listen without judgment and try to understand what you are looking for. It’s not too late to turn everything around. Please call us to find the help you deserve.
But why call? These are the four (4) most important benefits of calling a specialized Narcotic Helpline:
BENEFIT #1: Most narcotic Helplines are TOLL-FREE and won’t cost you anything.
Narcotic helplines are an information service:
- Available 24/7, 365 days a year.
- Connects callers with local assistance and support.
- Provide help finding treatment options.
- Transfer you directly to appropriate intake facilities.
BENEFIT #2: Narcotic helplines are confidential.
You DO NOT need to reveal any personal information such as your name/surname or social security number. Narcotic Helplines are a free and confidential service. They will ask you for some non-identifying information (the name of your city or town). This helps knowledgeable support staff find services that best match your needs.
BENEFIT #3: People who answer narcotic helplines are professional, understanding and compassionate.
When you call, a trained rehab support specialist will carefully listen. They are there to support you and help you make a decision about getting better. Hotline staff understand that addiction is a disease…so there is no moral judgement or stigma placed on you. Together, you can discuss and make the next steps toward recovery and living a drug free life!
BENEFIT #4: Narcotic Helplines provide you with information about:
- Family Services
- Treatment Services
- Cost of Treatment
- What to Expect in Treatment
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Top 5 Narcotic Help And Recovery Hotlines
#1 HOTLINE: Call the number on this page. This is a Narcotic Recovery Hotline to call if you or a family member is dealing with drug problems. This is a trusted and toll-free hotline available every hour of the day, seven days a week. This helpline offers addiction support for all areas across the United States. Recovery support specialists ensure that your personal information (name, phone number, address) will not be revealed.
#2 HOTLINE: You can reach the Narcotics Anonymous, World Service Line at (818) 773-9999. This self-help fellowship of men and women offers support for those who struggle with drug use and wish to quit. Meetings are both in-person and online, but when you call the hotline, you’ll be in touch with a volunteer who can share their personal experience with you or refer you to local meetings. 
#3 HOTLINE: Nar-Anon Family Groups is based on the 12 Step program and offers both a recovery process and a peer support network. You can ask for information about local N.A. and Nar-Anon meetings when you call this number (310)-547-5800. 
#4 HOTLINE: SAMHSA’s Treatment Referral Routing Service 800-662-HELP (4357) or 800-487-4889. This is a universal service for all kinds of substance use disorders. This service is designed as a Treatment Referral Routing Service because it provides referrals to local treatment facilities, support groups, and community-based organizations. It is government sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. 
For more information visit https://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/national-helpline
#5 HOTLINE: If you’re thinking of hurting yourself, or ending your life … call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK. This helpline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The trusted treatment consultants you’ll be speaking with are committed to improving crisis services and advancing suicide prevention by raising your level of awareness.
Do I Need Narcotic Addiction Help?
Drugs have long term effects on the brain and a negative influence on self-awareness. This means that drug user are oftentimes unable to clearly see the changes in their behavior. So, addiction can keep people in a state of denial. Some clear behavioral signs of addiction follow:
- A previously honest person becomes a liar
- A usually reliable person becomes less reliable
- Anxiety, paranoia or panic attacks manifest
- Complaints about a vague illness become more frequent
- Items around the house start to disappear (especially money)
- Dramatic mood swings
- Interests dramatically narrow or change
- Sleeping habits undergo a noticeable change (more or less sleep)
- Unexpected weight changes and/or appetite loss
Are you still wondering if you’ve got a drug or narcotic problem?
You might want to try a short and simple YES/NO questionnaire called CAGE. The CAGE questionnaire is reliable and valid tool that can help you determine the presence of an addiction problem. Answer each questions with a YES or NO response. Each YES response = 1 point.
- Have you ever thought you should Cut down on your narcotic use?
- Have you ever felt Annoyed when people have commented on your use?
- Have you ever felt Guilty or badly about your use?
- Have you ever used drugs to Ease withdrawal symptoms, or to avoid feeling low after using?
If you scored 1, there is an 75% chance you’re addicted.
If you scored 2, there is an 85% chance you’re addicted.
If you scored 3, there is a 99% chance you’re addicted.
If you scored 4, there is a 100% chance you’re addicted.
Calling A Narcotic Hotline For An Addicted Loved One
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If you are struggling with addiction in your family, you may feel helpless and have a lot of questions. Do not worry, you are not the only one facing these kind of problems. In fact, addiction is estimated to affect 1 in 3 American families. Addiction is a disease that can affect anyone. 
Questions addressed on a hotline call:
- Which substance/drug does the person abuse?
- What other drugs or alcohol do you think they’re using?
- How long do you suspect they have been using?
- How long they’ve been showing signs of addiction?
- What type of health insurance do they have?
- Does their health insurance cover treatment at rehab centers?
- Is the insurance HMO or PPO?
- How much can they afford to pay for treatment?
- Could you (and/or other close family members) help them out financially?
- Does the addicted individual suffer from any mental, behavioral, or co-occurring disorders?
What Happens After A Drug Hotline Call?
STEP 1: MAKING THE DECISION TO GO TO REHAB. Narcotic helplines exist to provide you with the information you need to get help. After the call ends, you’ll have to decide between an inpatient and outpatient treatment program for you narcotic addiction.
STEP 2: GETTING TO THE CENTER. Many times, a stay at a residential treatment center for addiction can be the start that you need in life. Sometimes, a treatment center staff member will drive or fly out to help accompany you directly to the treatment center. Other times, you’ll go by yourself (or with a loved one).
Why are inpatient clinics for addiction so important?
Often, drug users get into a loop. People, places, and things can trigger cravings for drugs. This is why it’s important that they GET OUT OF THE EVERYDAY patterns and why inpatient rehab centers can be the best place to start getting clean. Further, Narcotic addiction – especially extreme cases of high or long-term use – cannot usually be self-managed. Cravings, triggers, and relapse can be cyclical. For these reasons, residential treatment within the period of 30-60-90 DAYS may be best.
STEP 3: UNDERGOING TREATMENT. When you arrive at the rehab you can expect to go through: intake, detoxification, medication treatment and psychological counseling. Initial assessment and evaluation usually last between 1 and 2 hours. During the evaluation, addiction doctors and trained medical staff will get to know more about you, your addiction, as well as your physical and mental health. This way, they can tailor-make the program to fit your rehabilitation needs.
The most frequently used evidence-based treatments for addiction include a combination of medications and behavioral/psychotherapy. This is why individual and/or group counseling sessions form the basis of the activities you can expect. Additionally, rehab programs often offer activities to replace the preoccupation of narcotic use with healthy drug-free habits.
STEP 4: AFTERCARE TREATMENT. After a treatment program is completed, follow up care can take weeks, months, or years. Each case is individual, however, most people continue outpatient treatment in some form or another for at least 12 months. Rehab staff will help prepare you for the post-rehab care by helping you create a relapse prevention plan and getting sober living, counseling, and additional service in place before you leave the center.
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Reference Sources: : NIDA: What To Do If You Have A Problem With Drugs
: NA: Find A Meeting
: NAR-ANON: 12 Step Program For Families & Friends Of Addicts
: SAMHSA: SAMHSA’s National Helpline
: SAMHSA: National Suicide Prevention LifeLine
: NIDA: Principles Of Drug Addiction Treatment
“Recover to Live”, Christopher Lawford
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