Alcohol Addiction Hotline
What is an Alcohol Addiction Hotline?
Usually toll-free, an alcohol hotline is a resource for those struggling with alcoholism to find support during times of crisis. When individuals call these numbers, they may discuss where to find license treatment facilities or get help in finding recovery resources and support groups (e.g., AA or Al-Anon) in the area.
They can also be useful for loved ones seeking advice on how to speak to a loved one about excessive alcohol use, what alcohol withdrawal symptoms look like and what addiction treatment entails. While hotlines are beneficial tools for alcohol abuse, they are often the initial step to working toward recovery and long-term sobriety.
Because addiction hotlines are anonymous, you don’t have to disclose any personal information, and in some cases, advisors may also have gone through treatment themselves such as at American Addiction Centers (AAC).
Alcoholrehab.com is operated by AAC, a nationwide provider of addiction treatment centers. Our admissions navigators are available 24/7 to discuss treatment for you or a loved one and are dedicated to providing a safe and private space for you to share your experiences with substance abuse.
Should I Call a Helpline?
It can be difficult to make the decision to seek help for addiction. But even if you’re unsure or hesitant about calling an alcohol hotline, there’s no harm in speaking with an advisor about your concerns. All calls are 100% confidential and chances are, once you’ve shared your experience, you’ll be glad you did.
If you’re unsure if you’re drinking put you at risk for an alcohol use disorder (AUD), or if think you may already have one, there are a few warning signs to look for to better understand your drinking habits. According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), an AUD is diagnosed based on an individual meeting any two of the below criteria within the same 12-month period:
- Cravings, or a strong desire to use alcohol.
- Being unable to cut down on alcohol use despite various attempts to do so.
- Using alcohol for a longer time or in higher amounts than originally intended.
- Continuing to abuse alcohol despite the presence of a psychological or physical problem that is probably due to alcohol use.
- Giving up previously enjoyed recreational, social, or occupational activities because of alcohol use.
- Spending a lot of time obtaining, using, and recovering from alcohol’s effects.
- Continuing to abuse alcohol despite negative interpersonal or social problems that are likely due to alcohol use.
- Being unable to fulfill major obligations at home, work, or school because of alcohol use.
- Using alcohol in physically dangerous situations (such as driving or operating machinery).
- Developing a tolerance (i.e., needing to drink increasingly large or more frequent amounts of alcohol to achieve desired effect).
- Developing symptoms of withdrawal when trying to stop using alcohol.
Getting Treatment With AAC
Whether for you or for someone you love, seeking professional help for alcoholism can feel overwhelming and scary. However, at AAC we’re dedicated to making this process easy and accessible for anyone ready begin their journey toward recovery.
AAC’s network of facilities offer a full range of services including medical detox, residential programs, intensive outpatient program (IOP), general outpatient, partial hospitalization programs (PHP) and aftercare planning. By calling our admissions navigators you can learn more about our centers to make the best choice possible for you or your loved one.
Once you’ve completed one of our programs, you’ll also benefit from an alumni support system. Across the country, alumni host fun gatherings and events each year while alumni coordinators check-in regularly to ensure those recovering from alcoholism benefit from continued support. Additionally, if you relapse after completing 90 days of treatment within an AAC program, you can return for 30 days of complimentary treatment.*
The following hotline resources are free, confidential, and available 24/7:
Alcohol and Drug Abuse: 800-729-6686
National Suicide Prevention: 1-800-273-8255
National Youth Crisis: 800-442-4673
Boys Town: 800-448-3000
Although helplines are trusted resources, they cannot provide emergency care. If you’re experiencing a medically or mentally dangerous situation (such as suicide attempts), call 911 immediately.
*Terms and conditions apply.