If you’re struggling with drug addiction, sobriety can seem completely out of reach. But recovery is possible. The road to recovery often involves setbacks, so don’t give up just because previous attempts at getting sober have been unsuccessful. Being willing to ask for help is the first step, and will start you off in the right direction.

For most people struggling with addiction, the concept of making a change is an intimidating thought. It’s normal to feel conflicted about whether you want to get sober, even when you become aware of the consequences your drug use has. Recovery is a lifelong process, which requires dedication and support. If you start to feel like things are getting too hard for you handle by yourself and need someone immediate to talk to, consider the following options to get you started:

2-1-1 Maryland
Phone: 211
Website http://www.211md.org
Information and referrals on a variety of health and human service issues

Al-Anon/Alateen Family Group Headquarters, Inc. (Meeting Information Hotline)
Phone: (888) 4AL-ANON or (888) 425-2666
Website: http://www.marylanddc-alanon.org/
Find the schedule for a meeting nearest to you

Crisis Link
Phone: (703) 527-4077
Website: http://crisislink.org/about-us/mission/
Hotline that brings immediate help, hope, and healing to empower individuals facing serious life challenges, suicidal thoughts, and emotional or situational problems

Maryland Youth Crisis Hotline
Phone: (800) 422-0009
Website: http://www.help4mdyouth.org/
Provides a 24-hour toll-free hotline designed to meet the needs of troubled youth in crisis. MYCH is the first decentralized hotline in the country and serves as a primary intervention resource.

National Hopeline Network
Phone: (800) 442-4673
Website: http://www.hopeline.com
Available to those suffering from depression

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Phone: (800) 273-8255
Website: http://www.suicidepreventionhotline.org
Available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress

Spanish Suicide Hotline
Phone: (800) 784-2432
Website: http://www.preventsuicide.us/hopeline-new/suicida.html
Provides spanish language suicide prevention.

The Trevor Suicide HelpLine
Phone: (866) 488-7386
Website: http://www.thetrevorproject.org
Available for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth (up to age 18) who may be feeling lost or alone

Veterans Crisis Hotline
Phone: (877) 838-2838
Website: http://veteranscall.us/
Provides suicide prevention and crisis intervention for veterans.

For a more long-term solution to your substance-abuse problem, consider a reputable rehabilitation center that can meet all of your needs. There are many options available to you, either through the state, or more private options. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) maintains a website (www.findtreatment.samhsa.gov) that shows the location of residential, outpatient, and hospital inpatient treatment programs for drug addiction and alcoholism throughout the country. This information is also accessible by calling 1-800-662-HELP. For more local help and questions, contact the experienced counselors at Serenity Acres by calling 1-800-203-2024, available 24 hours a day. The most important thing for you to know is that you’re not alone. It’s just up to you to seek the help.