Calling an Addiction Helpline

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Addiction helplines are valuable resources to people who are either struggling with addiction or caring for someone that is struggling with addiction. This page will help you understand addiction and identify when it is necessary to call an addiction helpline number.

Identifying Addiction

The official term for addiction is substance use disorder. It is defined as a brain disease that is manifested by compulsive substance use despite significant negative consequences.


Addiction is a debilitating disease that puts significant strain on relationships, financial wellbeing, and most importantly your health. Addiction can sometimes be referred to as a "family disease" for its ability to impact not just the person struggling with addiction, but also everyone close with the person struggling.

Symptoms of Addiction

Addiction can manifest itself in many ways with various different substances. Here are some common signs of addiction that you will be able to recognize regardless of a person's drug of choice.

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  • Psychological symptoms
    • Inability to stop using
    • Continuing abuse despite health risks
    • Obsession
    • Using the substance to cope with problems
    • Drastic Personality changes
  • Social Symptoms
    • Sacrificing social responsibilities to participate in acquiring or using their substance
    • Dropping hobbies or activities
    • Secrecy and habitual lying
    • Legal issues
    • Financial instability

Is It Time to Call an Addiction Helpline?

If you are wondering if it is time to call an addiction helpline, it likely is. Here are some questions you can ask yourself to help support your decision to ask for help:

  • Is addiction impacting your life and the people around you negatively?
    • Are relationships tarnished?
    • Is the person struggling to deal with health complications as a result?
    • Is it becoming increasingly difficult to cope with legal and financial problems that come up?
  • Are you looking for help with addiction but are unsure where to start?
  • Do you need advice on how to speak to someone you love about their addiction?


American Addiction Centers Can Help

If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, consider calling us at American Addiction Centers. We have local facilities across the nation so no matter where you are, help is accessible. We are a leading provider in clinical care and a pioneer of dual-diagnosis treatment. That means we focus on not just addiction, but the root cause of it. Our facilities provide treatment plans that are backed by clinical research and focused on real results. All of our addiction services are provided by qualified and accredited staff members specifically trained in addiction treatment. We are equipped and ready to help you or your loved one through the most difficult times so long as you are ready to ask for help.

We are ready to help when you are. We have trained advisors ready to assist you in getting the help you deserve. We can be reached at 1-888-993-3112Who Answers?.

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