Behavioral, physical, and emotional health

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.

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Immediate assistance

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?

Tobacco
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.

Vaping
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.

Alcohol
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is open to anyone affected by an alcohol-related disorder. There are no age or education requirements.

Al-Anon is a mutual support group of peers who share their experiences in applying the Al-Anon principles to problems related to the effects of alcoholism on people in their lives. | 1‑888‑425‑2666

Drugs
Narcotics Anonymous is an international, community-based association that provides a recovery process and support network for those affected by substance abuse disorders.

Nar-Anon is a support group primarily for those who are affected by the addiction of someone in their lives. | 1‑800‑477‑6291

Additional resources