Addiction and Substance Use

Help is available! Find easy access to addiction and substance abuse recovery resources by using the links provided here. If you or someone you care about is in crisis and needs immediate help, call the Access and Crisis Line at (888) 724-7240. The phone lines are answered by trained professionals available 24/7; the call is free and confidential. If emergency medical care is needed, call 9-1-1 or go to the emergency room of the nearest hospital.

  • 2-1-1 San Diego:
    Phone: 2-1-1
    This hotline connects people with community, health and disaster services through a free, 24/7 stigma-free phone service and searchable online database. 2-1-1 serves the entire population of San Diego County as the only free, confidential, dialing code service in San Diego.

  • San Diego Access & Crisis Line:
    Phone: (888) 724-7240 FREE
    Hours of Operation: 24 hours a day/ 7 days a week
    The San Diego Access and Crisis Line provides information and referral to County Drug and Alcohol treatment and recovery services for adults, adolescents, and pregnant and parenting women who are receiving Medi-Cal or who do not have health insurance. It also serves as a suicide prevention/intervention hotline. It provides mental health crisis intervention, information and referral to mental health services in San Diego County, including referrals to mental health care professionals who accept Medi-Cal and serve people who lack health insurance. Calls are FREE and answered by trained professionals. Service is available in multiple languages.

  • San Diego Network of Care for Behavioral Health:
    This website is a resource for individuals, families and agencies looking for mental health and/or substance use disorders resources and information in San Diego County.

  • Alcoholics Anonymous (AA):
    Alcoholics Anonymous is an international fellowship of men and women who have had a drinking problem. It is nonprofessional, self-supporting, multiracial, apolitical, and available almost everywhere. There are no age or education requirements. Membership is open to anyone who wants to do something about his or her drinking problem.

  • Al-Anon Family Groups:
    Strength and hope for friends and families of problem drinkers.
    At Al‑Anon Family Group meetings, the friends and family members of problem drinkers share their experiences and learn how to apply the principles of the Al‑Anon program to their individual situations.

  • Narcotics Anonymous (NA):
    Narcotics Anonymous offers recovery to addicts around the world. They focus on the disease of addiction rather than any particular drug.  The mission of Narcotics Anonymous is to provide an environment in which addicts can help one another stop using drugs and find a new way to live.

  • Nar-Anon Family Groups:
    The Nar-Anon Family Groups is primarily for those who know or have known a feeling of desperation concerning the addiction problem of someone very near to them. Nar-Anon Family Groups believe that by sharing their experience, strength and hope everyone can learn from each other how to deal with the pain and heartbreak that comes with loving an addict.