Detox & Addiction Helplines

If you’re not ready yet to seek treatment, but you are interested in discussing your concerns confidentially with someone you can trust, there are many hotlines that are available 24/7 at no cost to you. All of the organizations below provide help, many at any time of day.

If you are experiencing a medical emergency, call 911. If you are experiencing a mental health emergency, call 988. Do not call a hotline.

What Are Alcohol and Drug Hotlines?

An alcohol or drug hotline is a good way to discuss your concerns without having to disclose any identifiable information, allowing you to stay completely anonymous. This can be extremely beneficial, as many people still feel ashamed to admit that they struggle with substance use.

Addiction has the potential to interfere with all areas of your life, including your health, social life, ability to function at work or school, and role in the family.However, your addiction impacts loved ones in ways that you may not even realize. Hotlines are open to not only those who struggle with addiction, but to their loved ones as well.

substance abuse hotline workers answering calls

When you call an addiction hotline number, you will be connected with an advisor. Helplines are often staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to ensure that you can get in touch with someone whenever you need it.

Should You Call an Addiction Hotline?

If you are considering this question, it couldn’t hurt to call a substance abuse hotline. If you or someone you love is affected by addiction, it might also be the right time to call in to a drug or alcohol hotline.

If you aren’t sure if addiction is the issue, there are some signs that could point to an addiction, such as:2, 3, 4, 5

  • Always needing money.
  • Suddenly changing social circles.
  • Difficulty accomplishing duties at school, work, or home because of substance use.
  • Dramatic behavioral changes.
  • Experiencing cravings.
  • Having symptoms of withdrawal when use is stopped or cut back.
  • Loss of control over the amount or length of time you use drugs or drink.
  • Missing time from school or work.
  • Mood swings.
  • Needing more of a substance to get the same effect.
  • Not paying as much attention to personal hygiene.
  • Quitting or cutting back on work, social, or leisure activities due to substance use.
  • Pulling back from hobbies and family events that interfere with substance use.
  • Relapses, even after periods of sobriety.
  • Sleeping more or less than usual.
  • Taking a lot of time to obtain, use, or recover from the effects of substances.
  • Using even after it has caused or worsened problems in relationships.
  • Using even when it has caused a physical or mental problem or made it worse.
  • Wanting to cut back or quit but being unsuccessful.
  • Weight changes.

While helplines are extremely useful, they are not intended to provide assistance in the event of an emergency. In the event of a medically dangerous situation, call 911 immediately. Call 988 right away for a mental health emergency.

River Oaks’ Hotline & Other Addiction Resources

If you’re considering treatment or know of someone with a substance use disorder and want more information about treatment, you can reach out for support by calling River Oaks’ Admissions Navigators at .

American Addiction Centers, River Oaks’ parent company, staffs its helpline with compassionate individuals, many of whom have gone through treatment and are in recovery.

Navigators will ask questions about your:

  • Substance use.
  • Physical health.
  • Mental health.

They’ll also ask about your preferences to determine what type of treatment facilities would best meet your individual needs.

Addiction treatment takes many different forms. No one form of treatment works for every person. Rather, treatment should be tailored to the needs of each person to be most effective.1

Medical Detox at River Oaks

For many, treatment may start with medical detox. This rids your body of alcohol and/or drugs. It can be an unpleasant experience, and withdrawal from some substances can even be life-threatening.1 In medically supervised detox, available at River Oaks, a doctor provides medication to keep you safe while you withdraw from substances.1, 4

If a detox facility does not also offer inpatient treatment following detox, staff will help you transition to another facility for the appropriate levels of treatment once you are discharged.6

Residential Addiction Treatment at River Oaks

After detoxing, you will transition to the next stage of treatment. If you’ve chosen our drug rehab in Tampa, the following treatment options can be obtained within the same facility.

Residential programs allow nursing staff to provide ongoing care while mental health staff members offer counseling in group and individual settings.6

Outpatient Rehab at River Oaks

There are 3 levels of outpatient treatment, depending on your need:

  • Partial hospitalization (PHP). PHP is the most involved outpatient program, where you will attend about 6 hours of treatment daily, 5 days a week.
  • Intensive outpatient program (IOP). IOP is less intensive; you’ll attend sessions for 3 hours daily, 3 times a week.3
  • Outpatient treatment. This is the least intensive form of treatment and can be tailored to meet your needs, often decreasing in intensity as you progress in treatment.

Specialized Addiction Treatment Programs at River Oaks

River Oaks makes every effort to accommodate the needs of every person we care for. While we provide specialized programming to meet the unique needs of certain groups, we also work to foster an inclusive environment that doesn’t separate anyone based on their identification with a specific group or characteristic.10

Rather than focusing on differences, clients can see what they have in common and relate to each other, becoming stronger as a cohesive group.10 Some groups do focus on the specific needs of women, men, the elderly, young adults, first responders, LGBTQ+, and trauma survivors.10

Addressing Co-Occurring Disorders in Treatment

If you have more than one mental health disorder—such as a substance use disorder and depression or anxiety—you have what is known as co-occurring disorders, also referred to as dual diagnosis or comorbidity. Around 60% of people with a substance use disorder also have a co-occurring mental health disorder.1 A 2018 U.S. survey estimated that about 9.2 million adults have a dual diagnosis.7

For treatment to be most effective, a program should address each co-occurring disorder at the same time.1 6, 7 A good treatment plan should include counseling for substance use, counseling for your mental health disorder(s), and medication management as needed.1, 6, 7

man standing and talking to a group in therapy

Mental health counseling almost always includes cognitive-behavioral therapy, in which you will learn more about your diagnosis, triggers, coping skills, and thought patterns, all of which can also apply to your substance use.6, 7 And while not everyone needs medication, in some instances, and depending on the drug of choice, it can be a helpful tool in managing symptoms for many people.1, 6, 7

The best treatment plan is one in which you get to collaborate. Talk to your treatment team about your needs, concerns, and preferences. Your input is valuable; ultimately, it’s your recovery.

Addiction Treatment in Florida

If you or a loved one is experiencing a substance use disorder, call River Oaks at right now. You will be connected to one of our admissions navigators who can help answer your questions about insurance coverage for rehab, rehab payment options, and more.

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