Addictions Health Center

Getting Help with addiction is crucial to overcoming controlling nature of addictions. There are many support services, groups, and organizations that offer help with ending addiction. Information on specific addiction support services is listed below.

Drug Addiction

  • Visit a Narcotics Anonymous meeting in your area.
  • Recognizing that you have a problem is the first step on the road to recovery, one that takes tremendous courage and strength.
  • Facing your addiction without minimizing the problem or making excuses can feel frightening and overwhelming, but recovery is within reach.
  • If you’re ready to make a change and willing to seek help, you can overcome your addiction and build a satisfying, drug-free life for yourself.

Support is essential to addiction recovery

Don’t try to go it alone; it’s all too easy to get discouraged and rationalize “just one more” hit or pill. Whether you choose to go to rehab, rely on self-help programs, get therapy, or take a self-directed treatment approach, support is essential. Recovering from drug addiction is much easier when you have people you can lean on for encouragement, comfort, and guidance.

Food Addiction

There are a couple of options available to quit overeating. A therapist can help the person stop turning to food to zone out or for comfort and therapy is typically the best bet for those seeking compulsive eating help. The addiction may be a symptom of an underlying condition, such as abuse, which needs to be addressed to help the client learn to have a more healthy relationship with food and discover how to stop compulsive overeating.

A support group, such as Overeaters Anonymous or Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous, can also be part of the treatment process. As most food addicts tend to suffer from low self-esteem and/or depression, a group like Emotions Anonymous might also be able to help. Sharing experiences and getting support from people who understand the addiction can be an effective part of treatment.

Tobacco Addiction

If someone you know is smoking or using tobacco in another way, encourage him or her to talk to a parent, school guidance counselor, or other trusted adult. A national toll-free number, 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669), can help people get the information they need to quit smoking. Callers to the number are routed to their state’s smoking cessation quitline or, in states that have not established quitlines, to one maintained by the National Cancer Institute. In addition, a Web site——from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services offers online advice and downloadable information to make stopping easier.

The bottom line: People who quit smoking can have immediate health benefits. Believe it or not, within 24 hours of quitting, a person’s blood pressure decreases and they have less of a chance of having a heart attack. Over the long haul, quitting means less chance of stroke, lung and other cancers, and coronary heart disease, and more chance for a long and healthy life.

Sex Addiction

Facilities that do not provide sex addiction help directly may refer patients to a sexual addiction treatment center if sexual issues are detected during treatment for chemical dependency for example.

In cases where sexual addiction has led to exceptionally serious problems, such as when an unfaithful person has exposed the partner to HIV infection, or when sexual misconduct has occurred that could result in legal charges, loss of professional license, and financial adversity for the family, sex and love addiction rehab centers like The Sexual Recovery Institute can provide a certified sex addiction therapist who has the training necessary to assist clients in navigating these uniquely difficult situations. Certified Sex Addiction Therapists or CSAT’s have extensive long-term training and supervision in the management of sex addiction cases.

Sex addiction counselors face challenges different from those of other addiction specialists. Unlike the goal in treatment of chemical dependency, which is abstinence from use of all psychoactive substances, the therapeutic goal in sexual addiction is abstinence only from compulsive sexual behavior with a coexisting goal, that of adapting and integrating healthy sexuality.

Alcohol Addiction

Do you think someone close to you has an alcohol problem? Do you have a problem with drinking? Either way, there's no need to go it alone. You need support right now and the organizations below can lend a hand. Don't worry; they're there to help you. You won't get in trouble or blamed for anything.

National Association for Children of Alcoholics Help for kids who are hurt by a parent's alcohol use.

  • Contact: 1-888-55-4COAS or (1-888-554-2627)


  • Support for teens whose lives have been affected by someone drinking.
  • Contact: 1-888-4AL-ANON or (1-888-425-2666)


  • Help for family and friends of people with drinking problems.
  • Contact: 1-888-4AL-ANON or (1-888-425-2666)

Alcoholics Anonymous

  • Support for anyone who wants to stop drinking.
  • Contact: Find your local organization
  • Contact: 1-800-662-HELP
Review Date: 
March 13, 2012
Last Updated:
June 28, 2013