Alcoholism and drug addiction don't go away by themselves, and few people are strong enough to quit cold turkey. The help you provide is necessary and important, but it probably isn't sufficient. There are many different ways to get help with addiction, and you should suggest them all to your friend until you hit on one that's acceptable to him/her.

We'll provide you with a list of suggested places to get help, and you can either print it out and give it to your friend or just remember the ones which seem suitable and talk to him/her about them.

  • Family Physician
    One simple way your friend can get help is to see her family physician; him/her physician will be familiar, discreet and aware of all the available resources.
  • Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
    475 Riverside Drive New York, NY 10115
    212-870-3400 (Literature)
    212-647-1680 (Meeting Referral)
  • Center for Substance Abuse Treatment National Drug and Alcohol Treatment Referral Service
    Referrals To:
    1-800-448-3000 BOYSTOWN
  • Cocaine Anonymous World Service Office
    3740 Overland Avenue, Suite C
    Los Angeles, CA 90034
  • NAFARE Alcohol, Drug, and Pregnancy Hotline
    200 N. Michigan Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60601
  • Narcotics Anonymous World Service Office
    P.O. Box 9999
    Van Nuys, CA 91409
  • National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information
    P.O. Box 2345
    Rockville, MD 20847-2345
  • National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence 12 West 21st Street, 7th Floor
    New York, NY 10010
    1-800-NCA-CALL (they will refer you to a local treatment information center)
  • Rational Recovery Systems
    P.O. Box 800
    Lotus, CA 95651
  • Secular Organizations for Sobriety (SOS)
    P.O. Box 5
    Buffalo, NY 14215
  • Women for Sobriety
    P.O. Box 618
    Quakertown, PA 18951

Most of these resources are only starting points. They will either refer your friend to a local treatment center or perhaps only to another, more local, referral service. It can be a bit frustrating, and you need to stick with your friend and ensure that he/she keeps calling until she finds help.

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