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 experiencing a suicidal or mental health crisis, please call the Access and Crisis Line at (888) 724-7240. Trained and experienced counselors are available 7 days a week, 24 hours a day to provide support, referrals, and crisis intervention. You can also call the Access and Crisis Line if you are concerned about someone, just need to talk, have questions about how to offer support, or if you are looking for information about community resources, mental health referrals, and alcohol and drug support services. 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
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.
Tips to Getting Treatment Fast
Review this quick tip sheet about getting help for substance abuse.
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.
San Diego County Methamphetamine Hotline and No 2 Meth Campaign
Phone: (877) No2METH (877) 662-6384
The Meth Strike Force is composed of approximately 70 member organizations and agencies, including local, state, and federal representatives from public health, law enforcement, judiciary, education, treatment, prevention, and intervention agencies. The website provides information about the dangers and effects of meth, getting help and how to report a meth crime.
Partnership for Drug Free Kids
Phone: (855) DRUGFREE (855-378-4373)
The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids translates the science of teen drug use and addiction into actionable information and guidance. We help families understand the ever-changing drug landscape, learn how to effectively communicate with teens, and provide direct support to parents dealing with a child’s drug use. The Parent Toolkit provides practical tools to protect kids, prevent drug use at different ages and how to have conversations about drug use. The helpline is free and confidential and is available Monday- Friday, 6am to 2pm, to help parents whose children are abusing drugs or alcohol.
National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD)
The NCADD website provides a wealth of information and resources including a list of symptoms, treatment and recovery.
San Diego County Friday Night Live
Phone: (858) 569-3137
Friday Night Live (FNL) is a countywide primary prevention program out of the San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) that provides support to youth and advisors around youth development, leadership/advocacy, and drug prevention. FNL works with youth and adults to create campaigns on campus to help promote healthy lifestyles choices amongst their peers. Different programs are available for different age groups: High School (Friday Night Live), Middle school (Club Live), or 4-6th (FNL Kids). Students in a San Diego County School may join a pre-existing chapter on their school site or start their own.
San Diego County Prescription Drug Abuse Task Force
Phone: (760) 749-8792
The mission of the Prescription Drug Abuse Task Force is to prevent and reduce prescription drug abuse in San Diego County. The website offers a wealth of resources including resources, getting help for addiction, actions someone can take to address problems in their family, a page specific for teens, information about how to safely dispose of prescription drugs, local statistics and legislation. To learn more or get involved by attending quarterly meetings visit their website.
San Diego Alcohol and Policy Panel
Phone: (619) 476-9100
The San Diego County Alcohol Policy Panel is a volunteer coalition of diverse community and youth leaders who are concerned about the impact alcohol-related harm is having on our communities. They provide leadership to the Binge and Underage Drinking Initiative, which addresses underage drinking problems in our communities. For more information about the Alcohol Policy Panel of San Diego County and to get involved, please email the Institute for Public Strategies at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Marijuana Prevention Initiative
Phone: (619) 684-5108
The Marijuana Prevention Initiative works to reduce youth access to marijuana by increasing public awareness regarding the adverse effects resulting from youth marijuana use. They aim to decrease community acceptance and tolerance of marijuana use and access among youth living in San Diego County between the ages of 12-25. The resource page on their website contains informational cards, presentations, data, and other documents that can be downloaded and shared to help spread the word about how marijuana impacts the health and well-being of young people.
South Bay Community Change Project
Phone: (619) 476-9100 x127
The South Bay Community Change Project oversees a range of community groups that are working to pass local ordinances and sponsor a local youth group. The project is managed by the Institute of Public Strategies. Call to learn more or get involved. You can also join the conversation on their Facebook page here.
East County Community Change Project
Phone: (619) 476-9100 x109
The East County Community Change Project oversees a range of local efforts to change conditions that contribute to alcohol and other drug abuse in the East Region of San Diego. Call to learn more or get involved. You can also join the conversation on their Facebook page here.
North City Prevention Coalition
Phone: (858) 565-4148 x205
The North City Prevention Coalition is managed by SAY San Diego and provides support and technical assistance to communities, educators, parents, and teens thereby to help reduce the impact of consequences related to youth substance abuse. Call to learn more or get involved. You can also join the conversation on their Facebook page here.
North Coastal Prevention Coalition
Phone: (760) 631-5000 x7174
The North Coastal Prevention Coalition is managed by Vista Community Clinic and has the mission to reduce the harm of alcohol, tobacco, marijuana and other drugs in the cities of Carlsbad, Oceanside, and Vista through community action. Community members are welcome to attend the monthly meeting. Call to get involved or join the conversation on their Facebook page here.
North Inland Community Prevention Program
Phone: (858) 391-9303
The North Inland Community Prevention Program efforts are dedicated to creating and shaping environments that encourage a healthy, drug-free lifestyle, and communities that allows youth to grow up free of the use of harmful substances. For more information, review their brochure or call for volunteer opportunities. You can also join the conversation on their Facebook page here.
Central Region Prevention Coalition
(619) 283-9624 x367
This coalition is managed by SAY San Diego and provides training and technical assistance to community members, youth, parents, the business community, and local leaders to develop strategies to reduce the impact of alcohol and drug abuse. You can also join the conversation on their Facebook page here.
This website is a comprehensive resource for community members struggling with addiction to prescription painkillers, alcohol or street drugs and for those concerned about them. Resources include information about addiction, co-occurring disorders, treatment and therapy options, and resources. In addition, the site offers a listing of rehab and detox centers for San Diego County.
Phone: (619) 750-4328
SMART Recovery is an international non-profit offering free, self-empowering mutual help meetings in San Diego. This program helps individuals as they gain independence from addictive substances and activities. Group discussions focus on how to build and maintain motivation, cope with urges in recovery, manage thoughts, feelings and behaviors, and live a balanced life in recovery. Meetings are open to anyone.
SMART Recovery Family & Friends
Phone: (619) 750-4328
SMART Recovery Family & Friends helps those who are affected by the substance abuse or other addictions of a loved one. The meetings share SMART Recovery tools that can be implemented by loved ones to help with emotional upsets, effective communication methods when dealing with loved ones, and more.