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Addiction Treatment and Suicide Prevention

Judy Collins talks to Bill Moyers about her own struggle with alcoholism, her recovery and the difficult issue of suicide.

Below is a partial list of support resources for treatment of substance abuse and suicide prevention. For additional information on dealing with a substance abuse problem in your family please see the Web site for CLOSE TO HOME, a Bill Moyers program.

Suicide Prevention

American Association of Suicidology
The American Association of Suicidology promotes research, public awareness programs, public education, and training for professionals and volunteers. In addition, AAS serves as a national clearinghouse for information on suicide.

1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433)
The National Hopeline Network seamlessly connects callers to their local suicide help center, thus organizing a previously broken network of local suicide hotlines.

Center for Suicide Prevention
The Suicide Information & Education Collection is a special library and resources center based in Canada. The Center's site provides information on suicide and suicidal behavior, with monthly features on suicide prevention topics.

TEACH (Teen Education and Crisis Hotline)
The Teen Education and Crisis Hotline, sponsored by Parents against Teen Suicide, offers hotlines specifically geared to helping teenagers dealing with suicide.

Treating Substance Abuse

Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration
Drug and Alcohol Treatment Referrals
1-800-487-4889 (TDD)
This service provides advice and referrals to individuals about the availability of drug and alcohol treatment services, including referrals to programs in the caller's local area. Operates 24 hours daily.

American Self-Help Group Clearinghouse
Visitors to the Web site can access a national and international database of self-help mutual support groups as well as a listing of local self-help clearinghouses.

National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Inc.
Hotline 1-800-NCA-CALL
NCADD offers information on alcoholism and drug abuse. Through the national number, callers may also be connected to their local NCADD affiliate for referrals to treatment services in their area. (Some local affiliates may not operate referral services 24 hours daily.) Operates 24 hours daily for information.

Girls and Boys Town National Hotline
1-800-448-1833 (TTY)
Kids and parents may call this hotline and speak directly to a counselor about issues related to substance abuse, violence, depression, or any other problematic family relationships. Counselors can make local referrals for services. Spanish-speaking operators are available. Operates 24 hours daily.

Alcoholics Anonymous
AA is a fellowship that has self-supporting groups for and of alcoholics that meet worldwide. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. Information on meeting times and locations can be obtained by calling the local AA office listed in your local phone directory.

Narcotics Anonymous World Services Office, Inc.
(818) 773-9999 (Meeting Information)
Narcotics Anonymous is a 12-Step program for recovering addicts in which members learn from one another how to live drug-free. To obtain information on local meetings, call the Meeting Information number for referral to your local helplines or check your local phone book. Local helpline numbers can also be found on the Web site.

1-888-4AL-ANON (1-888-425-2666)
Al-Anon offers support groups for relatives and friends of individuals with an alcohol problem. Alateen is a program primarily for teenagers that may include (depending on the local group's decision) pre-teens. The Web site contains contact numbers for Al-Anon chapters worldwide.

CSAP Workplace Helpline
The federal Center for Substance Abuse Prevention operates a toll-free consulting service for business, labor, and community alcohol and drug abuse prevention organizations seeking help in developing policies on substance abuse in the workplace. Operates Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m., ET.

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