Depressants Hotline

352.771.2700  24/7, Toll-Free, Confidential

Depressants are commonly prescribed medications to treat symptoms of mental illness, due to their tranquilizing effects. These medications include barbiturates, benzodiazepines, opiates and opioids and tranquilizers. Alcohol is also considered a depressant, and it’s one of the most frequently used ones, since no prescription is necessary for it. These substances can result in both short-term and long-term effects, and they can all be abused, even by people with a prescription.

For many people struggling with abuse of or addiction to a depressant, calling a hotline is often the first step in the road to treatment and recovery. It’s often the biggest step, too. This is because there are many unanswered questions associated with this initial call. Some of the most common ones are listed below.

What Is a Depressants Hotline?

A depressants hotline is a phone number that’s staffed with substance abuse professionals who are trained to provide treatment information for depressant abuse/addiction. These hotlines are typically toll-free and available 24/7.

When Should I Call a Depressants Hotline?

The better question to consider is when you shouldn’t call. If you’re in need of immediate care for a medical or other emergency (overdose, suicide attempt, etc.), call 911. This will allow you to receive assistance from a law enforcement officer and/or medical care provider. A depressants hotline is intended only to discuss future treatment cases, not for cases in which emergency care is needed. Emergency personnel aren’t typically dispatched to callers from a depressants 24-hour hotline.

What Information Do I Need to Provide When I Call an Depressants Helpline?

When calling The Recovery Village’s free depressants hotline, one of our intake coordinators will address the following topics with you:

  • Your current safety and medical status
  • Which depressant(s) are being abused and how much is being abused
  • If there are any co-occurring disorders present, such as anxiety, depression and eating disorders
  • If you are currently seeking treatment for depressant abuse/addiction
  • The symptoms associated with the depressant abuse/addiction

The answers to these questions will aid in determining the best course of treatment for you or your loved one.

Is the Phone Call Private?

The Recovery Village abides by the HIPAA Privacy Rule, so you can be confident that the conversation will be 100 percent confidential. Keep in mind that the primary goal of our free depressants hotline is to help you get the treatment you need for your abuse/addiction.

Can I Start Treatment for My Depressant Abuse When I Call?

Yes! We know how critical this time is for you, so if you’re ready to enroll in a treatment program, we’ll help you do just that during your call if we determine that one of our centers is best for you. The Recovery Village has several treatment facilities throughout the country to treat various substance use disorders, including those involving depressants.

National Hotlines

Emergencies and Crisis Situations

If you’re experiencing a medical emergency or any other type of emergency, call 911. Law enforcement and/or medical attention can be provided within minutes. When you call, be prepared to answer questions about your specific location or the location of the victim and the nature of the emergency. Also be ready to follow the dispatcher’s instructions until help arrives (if necessary).

  • 911
  • Available 24 Hours a Day

The National Poison Control Center
If you suspect that you or someone you know is experiencing symptoms of poisoning related to a depressant, you can call the National Poison Control Center for assistance.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Suicidal tendencies tend to be associated with drug and alcohol abuse. If you’re experiencing such tendencies, or you have a friend or relative who is, this 24-hour lifeline can help.

Mental Health Disorders

The National Mental Health Association
This 800 number can provide assistance with disorders such as depression, anxiety or bipolar disorder.

Drug Abuse and Addiction

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
This number is available to provide assistance for anyone struggling with a substance abuse disorder or mental disorder.

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