Local and National Resources for Drug Abuse and Addiction

On March 27, 2014 the Cold Spring Harbor Library & Environmental Center will be hosting a panel discussion, “Start the Conversation … Save a Life,” about substance-abuse awareness. Here is a list of local and national resources about drug abuse and addiction. All information is current as of March 8, 2014.

1 (212) 841-5200 – phones answered during normal business hours, Monday-Friday
CASAColumbia informs Americans of the economic and social costs of addiction and risky substance abuse and its impact on their lives; assesses what works in prevention, treatment and disease management; and encourages every individual and institution to take responsibility to reduce these health problems. CASAColumbia strives to provide health care providers, policymakers and individuals with the tools they need to succeed and to remove the stigma of addiction, replacing shame and despair with hope.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
The CDC is the nation’s health protection agency, working 24/7 to protect America from health and safety threats, both foreign and domestic. The CDC conducts critical science and provides health information that protects our nation against expensive and dangerous health threats, and responds when these arise.

Life Center Counseling & Health Services
1 (631) 673-5433
When people’s lives are bombarded by a variety of external stressors, Life Center Counseling & Health Services is there to provide a safe and caring environment under one roof, where people can recognize their strengths and take an active role in creating positive changes for personal growth and overall wellness. The Life Center offers counseling, wellness services, workshops and classes in Huntington.

Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence
Nassau County: 1 (516) 747-2606
Suffolk County: 1 (631) 979-1700
LICADD is Long Island’s premier provider of substance abuse services and evidence-based prevention programs. It has served Long Island for more than five decades and remains focused on addressing our region’s opiate crisis by addressing regional gaps in access to behavioral health care, pushing for comprehensive school-based prevention programs and fighting for responsible public health policies that make our communities safer and healthier.

Narcotics Anonymous
NA World Services 1 (818) 773-9999
“Narcotics Anonymous offers recovery to addicts around the world. We focus on the disease of addiction rather than any particular drug. Our message is broad enough to attract addicts from any social class or nationality. When new members come to meetings, our sole interest is in their desire for freedom from active addiction and how we can be of help.” (It Works: How and Why, “Third Tradition”).

 Nar-Anon Family Groups World Services
The Nar-Anon Family Groups are a worldwide fellowship for hose affected by someone else’s addiction. Nar-Anon members are relatives and friends who are concerned about the addiction or drug problem of another.

National Institute on Drug Abuse: The Science of Drug Abuse & Addiction
The National Institute on Drug Abuse’s (NIDA) mission is to lead the Nation in bringing the power of science to bear on drug abuse and addiction.

National Suicide and Prevention Lifeline
Skilled, trained counselors available 24/7 at 1 (800) 273-TALK    / 1 (800) 273-8255
If you feel you are in a crisis, whether or not you are thinking of suicide, please call the Lifeline. People have called the Lifeline for help with substance abuse, economic worries, relationship and family problems, sexual orientation, illness, getting over abuse, depression, mental and physical illness, and even loneliness.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
1 (877) SAMHSA-7
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the United States Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA’s mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities.