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Patients and Families: Information & Resources

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988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline 

1-800-273-TALK (8255)


DIAL: 988

Hours: Available 24 hours
Languages: English, Spanish


Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) 

1-800-662-HELP (4357)

SAMHSA’s National Helpline is a free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service (in English and Spanish) for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders.

FREE Publications and Digital Products Focused on Teens
Including The Truth About Alcohol, The Truth About StimulantsThe Truth About E-Cigarettes, and much more.

Substance Use Treatment Locator 

Millions of Americans have mental and substance use disorders. Find help at a treatment facility near you. FindTreatment.Gov is a confidential and anonymous resource for persons seeking treatment for mental and substance use disorders in the United States and its territories.

Controlled Substance Public Disposal Locations
These collection sites safely and securely gather and dispose of your unused or expired prescription medicine, including those that contain controlled substances. Authorized collection sites may be hospitals, law enforcement facilities, pharmacies, or retail stores. Before disposing of prescription medicines, be sure to remove all personal information on bottles and packaging.


U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs 

PTSD and Substance Abuse in Veterans
Nearly one out of every three veterans seeking treatment for substance use disorder also has PTSD. Substance abuse and PTSD, like drinking too much or abusing drugs, are related. Learn about the relationship between substance abuse and PTSD. There are treatments available through the VA that can help with PTSD and substance use disorder at the same time.

Substance Use Disorder Treatment
Substance use can be a slippery slope, especially for those facing other challenges, including mental health concerns or life stressors. When people are anxious, depressed, or stressed, they may be more likely to have trouble controlling substance use. Increased substance use can often lead to harmful consequences and result in substance use disorder (SUD).

Veterans Health Administration Pain Management
Pain management resources for Veterans, Veterans' family members, caregivers, VA administrators, clinicians, and researchers.

VHA Pain Management for Veterans/Public - Self-Management
Find tools on self-management that were developed for Veterans and patients. The most important factor in the management of chronic pain is the role you play as a Veteran or patient. Self-management is one of the best ways to improve your level of activity and keep pain to a minimum. Start taking control of your pain today.

Opioid Overdose Education & Naloxone Distribution (OEND)
This program aims to reduce harm and risk of life-threatening opioid-related overdose deaths among Veterans. The program is designed to educate Veterans and patients on opioid overdose prevention, recognition of opioid overdose, opioid overdose rescue response, and issuing naloxone kits.


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 

Rx Awareness
CDC's Rx Awareness campaign tells the stories of people whose lives were impacted by prescription opioids. The campaign aims to increase awareness that prescription opioids can be addictive and dangerous, to reinforce that help is availalbe for those sufferening from OUD, and to encourage those struggling with prescription opioids to visit the campaign to locate help and resources. Rx Awareness focuses on adults ages 25 to 54 who have taken opioids for medical use or have misused opioids at least once.


Spanish Language Resources 

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Centros para el Control y la Prevencion de Enfermedades

Hoja Informativa sobre la campaña Rx Awareness de los CDC (PDF 622 KB)
CDC Rx Awareness Fact Sheet

Actúe para prevenir la adicción (PDF 637 KB)
Take Action to Prevent Addiction

Lo que usted debe saber sobre el tratamiento y la recuperación (PDF 199 KB)
What You Need to Know About Treatment and Recovery