Seeking treatment from alcoholism is critical to avoid the grave health impacts and psychosocial impacts of this serious condition. But recovery from alcoholism is a lifelong commitment. There is no magic pill that can make the problem disappear overnight.

Alcohol addiction treatment is a complex and challenging medical specialty. Fortunately, help is available at professional alcohol addiction treatment centers staffed by clinical teams. Healthcare providers with expertise in addiction medicine have extensive experience in helping people get sober. They can help you stop drinking completely or reduce your alcohol intake to moderate levels. There are different levels of alcohol rehab care available, depending on the severity of the alcohol use disorder as well as specific symptoms and personal preferences. Some of the components of treatment for alcohol use disorders include:

  • Detox (medically supervised withdrawal from alcohol)
  • Medication management to reduce cravings and treat withdrawal symptoms
  • Inpatient or outpatient rehab with behavioral therapies for long-term recovery
  • Alcoholics Anonymous and other support groups
  • Sober communities to transition to daily life without alcohol
  • Dual diagnosis addiction treatment for co-occurring mental health issues

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that alcohol claims 3 million lives each year, representing more than 5% of all deaths. Alcohol is responsible for 13.5% of deaths in young adults between the ages of 20 and 39 years. In addition, alcohol is implicated as a causative factor in more than 200 health conditions. [1]

Alcoholism can range in severity from mild to moderate to severe. It can develop slowly over years or rapidly in a short period of time. If you or someone you love is struggling with alcohol addiction, get help before it’s too late.

Alcoholism Hotlines

Calling an alcohol hotline for addiction is a quick, easy, and convenient way to get answers to all your questions. Even if you are not yet ready to start treatment and are just seeking information for yourself or a loved one, an alcohol hotline can provide valuable information and resources to empower you and help you make informed choices.

Calling an Alcohol Help Phone Number

The first step in seeking treatment for alcoholism takes a lot of courage. Many people are reluctant to call an alcohol hotline for various reasons. Some people are embarrassed or even a little bit scared. Others are not sure what to expect and fear they’ll be ridiculed or judged.

But the truth is that calling an alcohol helpline is the easiest noncommittal way to connect with knowledgeable professionals. The advisor who answers your call understands the problems of people struggling with alcohol addiction. They won’t judge you or make you feel bad. Instead, they will help you develop a plan and support network for overcoming addiction.

If you are hesitant to call an alcohol hotline because you aren’t sure what to say, don’t worry. Even if you are just seeking advice, our advisors can guide the conversation and give you useful information. Here are some subjects typically covered during a call:

  • Questions about unhealthy drinking patterns and alcohol use disorders
  • Signs and symptoms you need to know to recognize alcoholism
  • Advice on talking to your loved one about their alcohol issues
  • Types of treatment available for alcohol addiction
  • How to get access to the most appropriate alcohol treatment near you

Don’t wait until alcohol becomes a tragedy for your family. An alcohol addiction hotline can be your lifeline to finally stepping up, facing your struggles, and overcoming your addiction.

When to Call an Alcohol Hotline

You should call an alcohol hotline as soon as you suspect problems with alcohol in yourself or a loved one. Waiting too long to seek help can result in alcohol use getting so out of control that it destroys your family life and career and causes short- and long-term health problems.

An alcohol helpline can be extremely helpful in situations where you aren’t sure what steps to take. But you shouldn’t wait to hit rock bottom before you call. The sooner you seek care, the greater your chances of recovery. Early interventions are very effective in helping people overcome alcohol addiction. Our alcohol hotline can help you find the most appropriate treatment options and level of care needed to treat alcoholism in yourself or a loved one.

Last updated: February 28, 2024

Dr. Jennifer Merrill

Dr. Jennifer Merrill is an Associate Professor in the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences at Brown University. She received her PhD in 2012 from the University at Buffalo, and is a licensed clinical psychologist in Rhode Island (Credential ID: PS01479).

Dr. Merrill has published over 70 peer-reviewed articles in journals such as Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, Addictive Behaviors and Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs. Her published work includes 'Drinking over the lifespan: Focus on college ages' and 'Event-level correlates of drinking events characterized by alcohol-induced blackouts'.


1 World Health Organization. Alcohol. Available online. Accessed on February 29, 2024.