Mental Health

40 Organizations and Agencies That Help With Substance Abuse

Substance abuse refers to the harmful or hazardous use of psychoactive substances, including alcohol and illicit drugs. Drugs of abuse do more than alter a person’s mood. They can cloud judgment, distort perceptions, and alter reaction times, all of which can increase the risk of accidents and injuries.

One of the key impacts of illicit drug use on society is the negative health consequences experienced by its members. Drug use also puts a heavy financial burden on individuals, families, and society.

Witnessing someone you care about battle a substance use disorder can be extremely distressing and take a heavy toll on your own mental and emotional well-being. Whether the drug abuser is a close friend, spouse, parent, child, or other family members, it’s easy for their addiction to take over your life. It can pile stress upon stress, test your patience, strain your bank balance, and leave you racked by feelings of guilt, shame, anger, fear, frustration, and sadness

If you have a loved one who is struggling with drug or alcohol addiction, it can be difficult to watch them. You may be wondering how to help them with their substance abuse issues. They might be ready to quit and wondering where to get help for substance abuse.

Here is a list of agencies and organizations that help with substance abuse:

Addiction Rehab Treatment

Toll-Free: 1-855-491-1441 provides information about addiction treatment practitioners and facilities in the United States.


Toll-Free: (928) 218-5811

Addiction Group is an informational website created to help those struggling with alcohol use disorders (AUD), substance use disorders (SUD), and/or co-occurring mental health disorders find treatment for their addiction. Addiction Group is owned and funded by Treatment Pathway LLC, an informational marketing company that specializes in producing authoritative medical content based on addiction literature, accredited scientific journals, and current research in the field.

Alcohol Addiction Center

Phone: (855) 218-5225

The Alcohol Addiction Center is a free, web-based resource whose mission is to help those struggling with alcoholism and their loved ones. The Center seeks to educate, inform, and provide information to individuals looking for information about alcohol use disorder.

Alcohol Rehab Help

Toll-Free: (928) 436-6740

Alcohol Rehab Help is an informational web guide founded in 2020. The site was created to help those struggling with alcohol use disorders, substance use disorders, and/or co-occurring mental health disorders.

Alcoholics Resource Center

Toll-Free: 1-800-839-1686

Alcoholics Resource Center guides individuals struggling with alcohol addiction to AA meetings and recovery that helps prevent relapse. The Center offers many resources that can help individuals identify problematic behavioral patterns and help establish the best approach to fully overcome the challenging obstacles of alcohol addiction.

American Addiction Centers

200 Powell Place Brentwood, Tennessee 37027

Toll-Free: (866) 202-7707

American Addiction Centers is the leading provider for addiction treatment nationwide, specializing in evidence based treatment and mental health care.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

1600 Clifton Road Atlanta, Georgia 30329-4027

Phone: (404) 639-3311

Phone: 800-CDC-INFO

Phone: (404) 639-3534

Toll-Free: (800) 273-TALK (8255)

TTY: (888) 232-6348


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is the lead Federal agency for protecting the health and safety of people at home and abroad. CDC serves as the national focus for developing and applying disease prevention and control, environmental health, and health promotion and education activities designed to improve the health of people in the United States.

Child Welfare Information Gateway

Children’s Bureau/ACYF 330 C Street, S.W Washington, District of Columbia 20201

Toll-Free: (800) 394-3366


Child Welfare Information Gateway connects professionals and the general public to information and resources targeted to the safety, permanency, and well-being of children and families. A service of the Children’s Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Child Welfare Information Gateway provides access to programs, research, laws and policies, training resources, statistics, and much more.

Drug Rehab Connections

121 S Orange Ave Orlando, Florida 32801

Toll-Free: (877) 651-2593


Drug Rehab Connections’ mission is to help individuals at different stages of addiction and their families by providing information about available treatment resources, rehab, and recovery options. Its website also addresses common signs and symptoms of drug and alcohol use; short- and long-term effects; and links to programs, center locators, and other organizations that offer support, counseling, and therapy services.

Drug Rehab USA

Toll-Free: 1-866-716-0142

Drug Rehab USA helps individuals locate proper addiction treatment and provide accurate recovery information.

Drug Strategies

1616 P Street, NW, Suite 220 Washington, District of Columbia 20036

Phone: (202) 509-9590

TTY: (800) 926-8143


Drug Strategies promotes effective approaches to the nation’s drug problems and supports private and public efforts to reduce the demand for drugs through prevention, education, treatment, law enforcement and community initiatives.

FASD United

PO Box 251 Mclean, Virginia 22101

Phone: (202) 785-4585

Toll-Free: (800) 663-0327

Fax: (202) 466-6456

FASD United, formerly the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, is dedicated to eliminating birth defects caused by alcohol consumption during pregnancy and to improving the quality of life for those affected by fetal alcohol syndrome/fetal alcohol effect. FASD United is committed to raising public awareness of fetal alcohol syndrome and to developing and implementing innovative ideas in prevention, intervention, education, and advocacy in communities nationwide. NOFAS also operates a national clearinghouse for regional, State, and local fetal alcohol syndrome organizations.

Free Rehab Centers

Toll-Free: 1-866-972-0589 provides a nationwide list of free, sliding scale, low income, payment assisted, and affordable rehab centers.

Institute of Behavioral Research

TCU Box 298740

Texas Christian University

Ft. Worth, Texas 76129

Phone: (817) 257-7226

Fax: (817) 257-7290


The Institute for Behavioral Research (IBR) is a national research center for addiction treatment studies in community and correctional settings. IBR’s mission is to evaluate and improve the effectiveness of programs for reducing drug abuse and related problems. The Institute operates as a separate academic unit of Texas Christian University (TCU).

Live Another Day

TTY: (866) 617-5694


Live Another Day offers non-biased lists of selected top dual diagnosis treatment centers in the country based on reviews, accreditations, and how effectively their programs treat addiction and co-occurring mental disorders. Also, one of their core areas of focus is curating mental health resources for/by the BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) community.

National Alliance for Drug Endangered Children (National DEC)

9101 Harlan Street 245 Westminster, Colorado 80031

Phone: 720-281-5939


The DEC alliances around the country are the cornerstone of the national drug endangered children efforts and they are committed to building and sustaining our national network. We provide leadership, strategic planning, training and technical assistance to our alliances.

National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors

1919 Pennsylvania Ave NW Suite M-250 Washington, District of Columbia 20006

Phone: (202) 293-0090

Fax: (202) 293-1250


The National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors, Inc. (NASADAD) is an educational, scientific, and informational organization. NASADAD’s basic purpose is to foster and support the development of effective alcohol and other drug abuse prevention and treatment programs throughout every State.

National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare

4940 Irvine Boulevard Suite 202 Irvine, California 92612

Toll-Free: (866) 493-2758


The National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare (NCSACW) is a service of the Department of Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment and the Administration for Children and Families, Children’s Bureau’s Office on Child Abuse and Neglect.

NCSACW works to develop knowledge and provide technical assistance (TA) to Federal, State and local agencies and Tribes to improve outcomes for families with substance use disorders in the child welfare and family court systems.

National Criminal Justice Reference Service

810 Seventh Street NW Washington, District of Columbia 20531

Phone: (800) 851-3420

Phone: (202) 514-2000

Fax: (301) 240-5830

TTY: (301) 240-6310


The National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) is a Federally funded resource offering justice and substance abuse information to support research, policy, and program development worldwide. NCJRS is a collection of clearinghouses supporting all the bureaus of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs. It also supports the Office of National Drug Control Policy.

National Drug Endangered Children Training and Advocacy Center

2858 Olive Hwy. Suite C Oroville, California 95966

Phone: (530) 533-2260

Fax: (530) 533-2259


The National Drug Endangered Children Training and Advocacy Center (NDEC-TAC) is a non-profit organization with the mission of rescuing child victims of drug-related crime through teaching law enforcement officers, social service workers, and medical and mental health care provider’s special methods of investigation and assessment that can improve the ability of the system to protect children who are discovered living in and endangered by dangerous drug environments.

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

5635 Fishers Lane MSC 9304 Bethesda, Maryland 20892

Phone: (301) 443-2857

Phone: (301) 443-3860


The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism supports and conducts biomedical and behavioral research on the causes, consequences, treatment, and prevention of alcoholism and alcohol-related problems. NIAAA also provides leadership in the national effort to reduce the severe, and often fatal, consequences of the problem through research, collaboration with related programs, and dissemination of research findings. The Institute also sponsors prevention programs to keep children of all ages alcohol-free.

National Institute on Drug Abuse

National Institute on Drug Abuse 16071 Industrial Dr – Dock 11 Gaithersburg, Maryland 20892

Phone: (301) 443-6441


The National Institute on Drug Abuse supports over 85 percent of the world’s research on the health aspects of drug abuse and addiction. NIDA works to ensure that the foundation for the nation’s drug abuse reduction efforts are based on science. National Institute on Drug Abuse is one of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Office of National Drug Control Policy

Drug Policy Information Clearinghouse PO Box 6000 Rockville, Maryland 20849-6000

Toll-Free: (800) 666-3332

Fax: (301) 519-5212

The Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) is a component of the Executive Office of the President. The principal purpose of ONDCP is to establish policies, priorities, and objectives for the Nation’s drug control program. The goals of the program are to reduce illicit drug use, manufacturing, and trafficking, drug-related crime and violence, and drug-related health consequences.

Partnership to End Addiction

711 Third Avenue 5th Floor, Suite 500 New York, New York 10017

Phone: (212) 841-5200

RAND Drug Policy Research Center

1776 Main Street POB 2138 Santa Monica, California 90401-3208


The RAND Drug Policy Research Center (DPRC) conducts research to help community leaders and public officials develop more effective ways of dealing with drug problems. The Center’s goal is to provide a firm, empirical foundation on which sound policies can be built.

TTY: (877) 630-2970 provides an extensive directory of drug and alcohol rehab centers located throughout the United States.

Research Institute on Addictions

1021 Main Street Buffalo, New York 14203-1016

Phone: 716.887.2566


The Research Institute on Addictions (RIA) is a research center of the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, studying alcohol and substance abuse issues.

Research includes topics related to a variety of issues, including the following: the etiology, prevention, and treatment of addictions; the role of alcohol and other drugs in violence; needs of special populations, including minorities, women, and youth; family functioning and its relationship to alcohol and substance use; and more.

SAMHSA Data and Dissemination

SAMHSA 5600 Fishers Ln Rockville, Maryland 20857

Toll-Free: (877) 726-4727

TDD: (800) 487-4889

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has partnered with the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) to host restricted data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). Federal Statistical Research Data Centers (RDCs) are protected facilities that provide secure access to a range of restricted-use microdata for statistical purposes only. SAMHSA is the most recent federal partner to work with NCHS in making NSDUH microdata available to approved researchers via these RDCs.

SAMHSA Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Center for Excellence

5600 Fishers Lane Rockville, Maryland 20857

Phone: (877) 726-4727


The mission of the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Center for Excellence is to facilitate the development and improvement of FASD prevention, treatment, and care systems in the United States by providing national leadership and facilitating collaboration in the field.

The FASD Center is a Federal initiative of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U. S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

5600 Fishers Lane Rockville, Maryland 20857

Toll-Free: (877) 726-4727

TDD: (800) 487-4889


The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration was established to help the nation’s health care system improve prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of substance abuse and mental illnesses. SAMHSA works in partnership with States, communities, and private organizations to address the needs of people with substance abuse problems or mental illnesses and to assess community risk factors that contribute to these afflictions.

SAMHSA is a program within the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families

330 C Street SW Washington, District of Columbia 20201

Phone: (202) 619-0257

Toll-Free: (877) 696-6675

HHS is the Government agency responsible for protecting the health of Americans. While the website ( covers a much broader range of health issues, the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) is devoted to families and children and specific populations such as minorities, fathers, and the disabled.


Dr. Oche Otorkpa PG Cert, MPH, PhD

Dr. Oche is a seasoned Public Health specialist who holds a post graduate certificate in Pharmacology and Therapeutics, an MPH, and a PhD both from Texila American University. He is a member of the International Society of Substance Use Professionals and a Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health in the UK. He authored two books: "The Unseen Terrorist," published by AuthorHouse UK, and "The Night Before I Killed Addiction."
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