The Internet has changed the landscape of addiction awareness and treatment. We have moved on from the day when meaningful knowledge of addiction was limited to medical professionals and rehab centers.
The abundance of medical information that is available online has done a lot to shift societal attitudes. While there is still a lot of work to be done on stigmas and stereotypes, there is more understanding about addiction than there ever has been before.
As this understanding has grown, so has the amount of good free online resources for people with substance abuse disorders and their loved ones. In this article, we will list the best ones.
This site has a wealth of information about drug and alcohol addiction. You can get answers to your questions about everything, from the signs and symptoms of substance abuse to treatment options and locations. There’s also a 24/7 support number for those in a crisis.
Run by the US Department of Health & Human Services, this website offers substance abuse and mental health hotline. The primary service languages are English and Spanish, but you can access assistance in multiple other languages. You can also use this website to find treatment resources in your area.
Alcoholics Anonymous is a worldwide network of support groups for people at all stages of the alcohol addiction journey. Their website allows you to find meetings in your area, and it is a resource for those looking for information and inspiration to continue working on their recovery.
Veterans are one of the highest risk groups for mental illness, addiction and suicide. This website is a resource for veterans and their loved ones to turn to for information or help. It includes a veteran crisis helpline that is available 24/7 through voice or text.
Affordable addiction treatment options can be hard to find. This website provides a nationwide list of rehab facilities that are free, low-cost, or payment-assisted. If you’re looking for help with a substance use disorder but you don’t have the financial means for a private facility, this website is a great place to start.
This is another resource for addiction and treatment information. You can find answers to questions about types of treatment, how interventions work, how Medicaid, Medicare and insurance work, and where to find an addiction treatment provider.
Women face unique challenges with addiction and treatment. Women For Sobriety (WFS) is a safe, accepting community for women who want to heal while helping the women around them through their own journeys. WFS bases its mission on the idea that its members are “4C women” – capable, competent, caring, and compassionate.
Not all people with addictions can attend in-person therapy sessions. Some people do not have a way of getting to a therapist, others do not live in an area where therapists are available.
And for some people with physical or mental disabilities, attending therapy sessions comes with challenges. The Recovery Village has created an app that will enable you to find a licensed professional you can work with from the comfort of your own home.
Groups Recover Together is an organization trying to combat the devastating effects of opioid addiction in Florida. On this website, you can find information about in-person and virtual treatment and group support options in the Florida location you live in.
The Internet is full of great addiction treatment centers. The problem is that most of them are private facilities that rely on out-of-pocket payments or insurance. If you do not have the capacity for either, it may feel as if you are out of options. Here you can treatment options that are free or low-cost, that can be accessed without insurance.
A Growing List Of Resources
Aspen Behavioral Group is committed to providing extensive information about substance abuse disorders, addiction treatment options, and online resources. The list we have provided above is a great starting point for anyone who is seeking help for themselves or a loved one. All of the websites and more can be found here. Bookmark this link and check back from time to time, as new resources may be added.