Many resources are available to help you with any alcohol-related problems or needs you may have. Start with your monitoring agency and social service agencies in your county. And there are numerous self-help groups you can call for help.
Addiction Recovery and Self Help Resources
So, how do you find and connect with a self-help group?
Self-help groups are everywhere in almost every neighborhood. They’re usually meeting somewhere every day of the week in a variety of times (although most very early evening).
A list of contact information is provided below. Get in touch to find out what meetings are available in your area. If you’re hesitant or feeling awkward about going to your first meeting, or if you need a ride, then tell the person on the phone or in an email and ask that someone contact you. Often people in the groups are happy to help someone get to their first meeting.
Twelve Step and Self-help Groups
- Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)
800-371-1475 (Illinois only)
- Narcotic Anonymous (NA)
708-848-4884 (Chicago area)
- Cocaine Anonymous (CA)
- Overeaters Anonymous (OA)
- Gamblers Anonymous (GA)
312-346-1588 (Chicago hotline)
855-TOCALLGA (855-222-5542) (Chicago hotline)
- Illinois Alliance on Problem Gambling
800-GAMBLER (800-426-2537) (24/7 Help Line, Referral Service
- Emotions Anonymous
- Families Anonymous
- Parents Anonymous
855-4APARENT (855-427-2736) (National Parent Helpline)
- Adult Children of Alcoholics
Substance Abuse, Mental Health, and Other Public Health Resources
- AIDS Foundation Chicago (AFC)
- Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) HIV/AIDS
800-AID-AIDS (800-243-2437) (HIV/STD Hotline)
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
- National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention: Ending the HIV Epidemic
Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
- HIV.gov (HIV and AIDS info)
- Addict Help
- Alcohol Research Group