An alcohol addiction hotline can help those struggling with alcoholism to find help during times of crisis. Usually toll-free, calling these numbers can connect them with licensed treatment facilities or assist them in finding recovery resources and support groups such as AA or Al-Anon in the area.
While calling a hotline is typically the initial step to working toward recovery, they are meant to be a beneficial tool for those who may have questions about treatment, withdrawal symptoms, how to speak to a loved one about excessive alcohol use or any other issues you may be facing.
What is an Alcohol Addiction Hotline?
When a person is addicted to alcohol, it can be difficult for them to quit drinking on their own, or they may find themselves relapsing after various attempts to remain sober. Because of this, an addiction hotline can be useful in connecting individuals with a trusted advisor to answer any questions they may have about substance abuse, most often 24-hours-a-day.
Addiction hotlines are anonymous, so you don’t have to disclose any personal information. In some cases, advisors may also be individuals who’ve gone through treatment themselves, such as the admissions navigators at American Addiction Centers (AAC). AAC navigators are available day or night to discuss treatment and provide a safe and comforting space for you to share your experience with substance abuse.
Although helplines are trusted resources, they cannot provide emergency care. If addiction has led to a medically or mentally-dangerous situation (such as suicide attempts), call 911 immediately.
Should I Call a Helpline?
The decision to finally get help for an alcohol addiction is a brave step toward regaining control of your life. Even if you’re unsure or apprehensive about calling a hotline, there’s no harm in speaking with someone about your concerns. And chances are, you’ll be glad you did.
If you’re unsure if you’re drinking put you at risk for an AUD, or if think you may already have one, check out the following signs of alcohol addiction below as an initial step to understanding your drinking habits. AUD is diagnosed based on an individual meeting certain criteria outlined by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5).
To be diagnosed with alcoholism, individuals must meet any two of the below criteria within the same 12-month period:
- Using alcohol in higher amounts or for a longer time than originally intended.
- Cravings, or a strong desire to use alcohol.
- Continuing to abuse alcohol despite the presence of a psychological or physical problem that is probably due to alcohol use.
- Being unable to cut down on alcohol use despite a desire to do so.
- Spending a lot of time obtaining, using, and recovering from the effects of alcohol.
- Continuing to abuse alcohol despite negative interpersonal or social problems that are likely due to alcohol use.
- Giving up previously enjoyed social, occupational, or recreational activities because of 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).
- Having a tolerance (i.e. needing to drink increasingly large or more frequent amounts of alcohol to achieve desired effect).
- Developing symptoms of withdrawal when efforts are made to stop using alcohol.
Alcoholism Treatment at an AAC Facility
Taking the first step to seeking professional help for alcoholism can feel scary and overwhelming. Whether for you or for someone you love, AAC makes this process easy and accessible for those ready to begin their journey to sobriety. AAC’s network of facilities offers a wide range of treatment options including medical detox, dual-diagnosis, acute crisis stabilization, residential program, intensive outpatient program (IOP), and general outpatient.
After completing treatment with AAC, you’ll also be able to benefit from an alumni support system, quality care, and a 90-day promise. If you relapse after completing 90 days of treatment within an AAC program, they can return for 30 days of complimentary treatment.
Additionally, AAC alumni from across the country host fun gatherings and events while alumni coordinators check-in regularly to ensure those recovering from substance abuse benefit from continued support.
- SAMHSA: 1-800-662-4357
- National Suicide Prevention: 1-800-273-8255
- National Youth Crisis: 800-442-4673
- Boys Town: 800-448-3000
- Alcohol and Drug Abuse: 800-729-6686