Asking for help is not a weakness, but rather a strength.

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Gratitude begins with knowing 24/7 telephone hotlines and chat rooms are available. You never have to be or feel alone this holiday season. Often it is the hardest thing to do for an alcoholic and addict to ask for help. No one is going to judge you. Many of them have been right where you are and are donating their time and giving up their holidays to be of service to you. I’ve started the list off with my contact information as a sober recovery and life coach.


If you’re suicidal, I recommend contacting the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline toll-free at 800-273-8255.

Additional crisis and suicide hotlines are available in the category below, Crises and Suicide.

Need help for domestic violence? Call toll-free: 800-799-7233 (SAFE)


ALCOHOL

Alcohol Hotline (800) 331-2900 Al-Anon for Families of Alcoholics (800) 344-2666 Alcohol and Drug Helpline (800) 821-4357 Alcohol Treatment Referral Hotline (800) 252-6465 Alcohol & Drug Abuse Hotline (800) 729-6686 Families Anonymous (800) 736-9805 National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Hopeline (800) 622-2255 (800) 999-9999


SUBSTANCE ABUSE

Poison Control (800) 222-1222 National Institute on Drug Abuse Hotline (800) 662-4357 National Help Line for Substance Abuse (800) 262-2463 Marijuana Anonymous 1-800-766-6779 Families Anonymous 1-800-736-9805 Cocaine Hotline (24 hours) 1-800-262-2463 Drug Abuse National Helpline 1-800-662-4357 National Association for Children of Alcoholics 1-888-554-2627 Ecstasy Addiction 1-800-468-6933 Alcoholics for Christ 1-800-441-7877


OTHER

Shoplifters Anonymous (800) 848-9595 Eating Disorders Awareness and Prevention (800) 931-2237 There are also multiple daily conference call meetings available if you would like to call in to share and/or listen with the 12-step based How It Works Group http://howitworksgroup.com/meeting-location/ Participant Dial-in: Canada: 780-666-9719 or 587.316.4436 ID 583-0450687 Call Time 7:00am PST USA: 424.254.5206 Call Times 9:00am PST 4:00pm PST 9:00pm PST


CRISES & SUICIDE

Girls & Boys Town National Hotline (800) 448-3000 International Suicide Hotlines National Hopeline Network (800) SUICIDE National Youth Crisis Hotline (800) 442-HOPE (4673)


DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

National Domestic Violence Hotline (800) 799-7233 Rape, Sexual Assault, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN) (800) 656-HOPE


MEDICAL

American Association of Poison Control Centers (800) 222-1222 America Social Health: STD Hotline (800) 227-8922 Teen Help Adolescent Resources (800) 840-5704


RUNNING AWAY

National Runaway Switchboard (800) 231-6946 National Hotline for Missing & Exploited Children (800) 843-5678 Child Find of America (800) 426-5678 National Runaway Switchboard (800) 231-6946 National Hotline for Missing & Exploited Children (800) 843-5678 Child Find of America (800) 426-5678


RAPE & SEXUAL ASSAULT

Rape, Sexual Assault, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN) (800) 656-HOPE National Domestic Violence Hotline / Child Abuse / Sexual Abuse (800) 799-7233


PREGNANCY

Planned Parenthood Hotline (800) 230-PLAN (7526)


ONLINE RESOURCES

Alcoholic Anonymous Chat Room https://aachats.org/aa-chat-room-alcoholics-anonymous/ HAMS Harm Reduction Network (hamsnetwork.org) HAMS is a free of charge peer led support group for people who want to reduce the harm in their lives caused by alcohol or other substances. HAMS offers support via a chat room, an email group, and live meetings. HAMS supports every goal from safer use to reduced use to abstinence from alcohol. Their daily chat is scheduled for 9 P.M.EST , 6 P.M. PST. Marijuana Anonymous Online (ma-online.org/redesign/) This site hosts both chat rooms and online meetings for those recovering from marijuana addiction. Click on Meeting Schedule in the left menu bar for a list of ongoing online MA meetings. Click on Chatroom/Meetings in the left menu bar for instructions on how to enter a chat room. NA Chat (nachat.yolasite.com) This online community for the fellowship of Narcotics Anonymous offers a daily chat room with online NA meetings and support. NA Chatroom (nachatroom.net) Based on the 12 step traditions of Narcotics Anonymous, this site offers online meetings seven days a week, open chats, forums and member stories. NA Recovery (na-recovery.org) NA-Recovery.org is a community of addicts coming together online to share their experiences. The chat room is open 24/7 and can help people find local meetings, Narcotics Anonymous literature, and local helplines. The chat room also hosts online meetings at 10 PM Eastern Standard Time, 9 P.M. Central time, 8 P.M. Mountain time or 7 P.M. Pacific time.with a variety of meeting formats. Recovery Realm (recoveryrealm.com) This interactive recovery community provides online meetings and chat rooms.


RAPE & SEXUAL ASSAULT

Rape, Sexual Assault, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN) (800) 656-HOPE National Domestic Violence Hotline / Child Abuse / Sexual Abuse (800) 799-7233


PREGNANCY

Planned Parenthood Hotline (800) 230-PLAN (7526)