Addiction Awareness Resources
Addiction is defined in the Meriam-Webster dictionary as a compulsive, chronic, physiological or psychological need for a habit-forming substance, behavior, or activity having harmful physical, psychological, or social effects and typically causing well-defined symptoms (such as anxiety, irritability, tremors, or nausea) upon withdrawal or abstinence.
Understanding addiction is the first step to recovery. Recognizing it’s impact on yourself and your loved ones opens the door for personal growth and change. Addiction, while a complex disease, is treatable.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Helpline
SAMHSA’s National Helpline is a free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year information service (in English and Spanish) for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders.
*Important Note: For treatment referrals, please be sure to contact Beacon MAP or a Local 28 MAP Counselor or Peer. Click HERE for MAP contact information located on our MAP homepage.
Substance use disorder (SUD) is complex a condition in which there is uncontrolled use of a substance despite harmful consequence. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), the most recent survey completed in 2018 showed the following:
New York City Department of Health's Hotline
New York City has many free and low-cost services for people with drug and/or alcohol problems. You can call New York City’s 24-hour-a-day, seven-day-a-week hotline at 1-888-NYC-WELL (1-888-692-9355) or visit NYC Well online.