Addiction support and resources
Drug, alcohol and tobacco abuse can affect families and individuals of all ages. Fortunately, there are a number of resources and tools available to help.
Opioid addiction is an epidemic across our nation. Learn how Independence and the Blues are responding to the growing crisis.
National Youth Crisis Hotline | 1‑800‑442‑4673
Parent Help Line | 1‑855‑DRUG‑FREE (1-855-378‑4373)
Poison Control | 1‑800‑222‑1222
Veterans Crisis Line | 1‑800‑273‑8255
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline | 1‑800‑273‑TALK (1-800-273‑8255)
To get started, simply locate a tele-behavioral health provider by calling the number on the back of your ID card under Mental Health/Substance Abuse. You can also check with your current provider to see if he or she offers virtual visit options.
Need help quitting?
Smokefree.gov provides free, accurate, evidence-based information and professional assistance to help support the immediate and long-term needs of people trying to quit smoking. In addition, Independence members can take advantage of the Healthy Lifestyles℠ Solutions $150 reimbursement for the cost of a tobacco cessation program.
Young people have taken an interest in vaping in recent years. Most e-cigarettes contain nicotine, which is a highly addictive substance. Recent reports indicate that vaping is unsafe and can do serious damage to the lungs. Learn the facts about e-cigarettes and the effects they can have on your child’s health by checking out the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Quick Facts on the Risks of E-cigarettes for Kids, Teens, and Young Adults. If you’re concerned that your child or teen is becoming addicted to vaping, help is available. Teen.SmokeFree.gov provides tools, resources, and information to help support young people who want to become smoke-free.
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is open to anyone affected by an alcohol-related disorder. There are no age or education requirements.
Narcotics Anonymous is an international, community-based association that provides a recovery process and support network for those affected by substance abuse disorders.
- Family Checkup: Positive Parenting Prevents Drug Abuse
- The National Institute on Drug Abuse- Prescription Opioids: What you need to know
- Drug take-back sites: Dispose of prescription drugs in Pennsylvania or Nationally.
National Drug Take-Back Day is April 29th! Learn where you can dispose of unused or unwanted prescription drugs.
- Drug and Alcohol Referral Tool (DART): The Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs offers this online resource designed to help Pennsylvania residents find treatment options and other related services for substance use disorder.