Heroin Abuse Hotlines – 100% Confidential – 24/7

Heroin, a human-made opioid derived from morphine, is highly addictive. Individuals who struggle with heroin abuse can contact heroin abuse hotlines for information in their condition and various treatment options.

Hotlines dedicated to heroin abuse work to connect people with the help they need to overcome their condition. Multiple organizations and specialized addiction programs have established heroin abuse hotlines which individuals can call toll-free.

Heroin Abuse Hotlines: Should You Call?

Many people who have a heroin abuse problem start by abusing prescription opioids. Once their prescription runs out, they may turn to heroin as it is cheaper and easier to obtain.

Possible signs of heroin abuse, include:

  • severe itching
  • nodding off mid-sentence from conscious to semi-conscious
  • damage to the tissue on the inside of the nose
  • mental disorders such as depression and antisocial personality disorder
  • collapsed veins from injecting the drug
  • untreated lung infection from smoking the drug

Heroin also contains additives that can cause extreme health consequences. Common additives found in heroin include sugar, starch, and powdered milk, which can all clog blood vessels. Clogged blood vessels can cause lung, liver, kidney, or brain damage that may be permanent.

When someone contacts a heroin abuse hotline, they can access the information they need to find treatment.

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What To Expect When Calling A Heroin Abuse Helpline

After dialing a heroin abuse hotline, specialized trained staff will answer the call. Hotline calls are customarily started with the staff member asking for your first name, and the reason for your call. People looking for treatment options may also be asked to provide their zip code so that the hotline staff can refer you to treatment options in your area.

Heroin abuse hotlines can provide information on the following topics:

  • signs and symptoms of heroin abuse and
  • heroin-specific treatment options
  • how to help a loved one with a heroin abuse problem
  • inpatient treatment programs
  • outpatient treatment clinics
  • local heroin support groups
  • how to choose a heroin abuse treatment program

Questions To Consider When Contacting A Heroin Abuse Hotline

It is common for people who call to be a bit nervous. They may have many things they want to ask, but not remember as soon as they get on the phone. The following are some questions that may be helpful when calling a heroin abuse hotline.

  • What types of therapy work best for heroin abuse?
  • What happens when I enroll in heroin treatment program?
  • Is it necessary to enroll in a heroin detox program?
  • Are there medications for heroin addiction?
  • Is there a heroin abuse treatment program near me?

What Do I Need To Call A Heroin Abuse Hotline?

Some people may wonder if they need health insurance to be able to call a heroin abuse hotline. Helplines are a free service, and it is not required to have health insurance to call for information.

Individuals or family members who are looking for treatment options may be asked if they have an insurance policy. However, if they are without insurance or underinsured, most hotlines can refer them to state-funded treatment options.

In some cases, some heroin abuse hotlines may also be able to refer individuals to private treatment programs that offer payment programs such as sliding scale fees or income-based charges.

Hotlines For Heroin Abuse And Addiction And Other Resources

When someone is struggling with heroin abuse, it can be difficult to know what to do next. It is possible to break an addiction to heroin, with the proper help. Start on the path to recovery today with a phone call.

Substance Abuse And Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

1-800-662-HELP (4357)
1-800-487-4889 (TDD) for the hearing impaired

  • free and confidential service 24/7, 365-days-a-year
  • treatment referral and information services, in English and Spanish,) on an individual basis and to families who are affected by substance use disorders and mental health issues
  • referrals to local treatment facilities, support groups, and community-based organizations. Individuals who call this service can also order free publications and other information


The Partnership At Drugfree.Org


  • a toll-free drug abuse helpline for parents
  • free information and resources on teen drug use and addiction for parents, which can help them prevent and intervene in their children’s drug use
  • find local addiction treatment options for a child who needs it


National Council On Alcoholism And Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD)

1 (800) NCA-CALL (622-2255)

  • alcohol-specific abuse information
  • referrals to many affiliate programs around the country that can help with substance abuse issues


The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

1-800-273-TALK (8255)

  • In addition to providing suicide prevention services, this hotline also provides information on drug and alcohol abuse, and how to connect with nearby professional addiction treatment.


Additional Resources

The National Alliance On Mental Illness And Mental Health America

These two nonprofit organizations have partnered to provide self-help support groups for individuals and families dealing with a variety of mental health disorders. Both organizations offer State and local affiliates throughout the country that may be especially helpful for people with co-occurring substance and mental health disorders.


Faces & Voices Of Recovery

This is an advocacy organization for people who are participating in long-term recovery that works to reach out to medical, public health, criminal justice, and other communities to promote and celebrate recovery from substance abuse and addiction.


National Institute on Drug Abuse - Where can family members go for information on treatment options?

Substance Abuse And Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) - National Helpline

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