How to Find Recovery Resources

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Whether for a loved one or yourself, learning about addiction and recovery can help get the process moving. For many, the first step in recovery is locating online, or local resources and this information can help provide some encouragement and ownership.

Drug and alcohol recovery services offer evidence-based treatment techniques, support, and can include a range of services targeted to help the individual. The types of recovery services may include detoxification, intensive in-patient, outpatient, medication assisted treatment, dual diagnosis services, and gender specific care plans. Certified or licensed substance misuse counselors often lead the treatment program and work with a treatment team that may include doctors, other counselors, nurses, or psychiatrists.

Helpful Recovery Resources

The following organizations offer resources and support for individuals and families. While not comprehensive, these address different types of addiction, target specific populations, and can provide you with general information.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

A part of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, SAMHSA provides a free hotline available 24/7 for treatment referrals, local support groups, and information.

National Veterans Foundation

The National Veterans Foundation offers veteran to veteran assistance. This “Lifeline for Vets” focuses on all aspects of veteran issues, including resources for substance misuse and addiction.

Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.)

A.A. is a widely known organization using the 12-step model for recovery. Membership is free and open to anyone who wants to change their drinking problem.

Narcotics Anonymous (N.A.)

Much like A.A., Narcotics Anonymous uses a 12-step peer approach. Membership is open to anyone wanting to break free from drug addiction. People can also access Never Alone. This online chatroom offers daily meetings and 24/7 support.

Rethinking Drinking

An online resource provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, here you can find suggestions on how to change drinking habits. You can even access a calculator showing the financial cost of alcohol and the number of calories consumed. For instance, a bottle of chardonnay supplies over 600 empty calories.

LGBT National Help Center

Since its inception in 1996, the LGBT National Help Center offers a vast variety of support services for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning community. All services are free and include weekly teen chatrooms, online chat, and hotlines.

Women for Sobriety (WFS)

With a focus on the unique needs of women, WFS New Life Program helps women understand themselves and addiction better. Women can find support with WFS in-person, online, or their Soberful podcast.

National Council on Seniors Drug & Alcohol Rehab

The National Council on Seniors Drug & Alcohol Rehab supports and assists seniors struggling with drug or alcohol addiction and their family or caregivers. People can access the resources and tools specific to older adults.

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

Mental health conditions can accompany drug or alcohol addiction. The NIMH offers useful information about the variety of mental disorders, treatments and therapies, and information specific to a population, such as men, women, children and adolescents, and Spanish site version.


Al-Anon is a global resource for families affected by drug and alcohol addiction. Here, they meet with others facing similar problems and learn ways they can cope and connect in a safe environment.

Partnership to End Addiction

This organization dedicates its time and efforts to end the addiction epidemic through prevention, treatment, and recovery care plans. Here, parents and caregivers can access information, watch videos, and get personalized support and services.

A Santa Rosa Recovery Center

Addiction can affect anyone, but recovery options are available. At Pura Vida Recovery Services, our trained addiction specialists treat the whole person and the underlying issues. Using evidence-based addiction treatment practices, Pura Vida helps men and women rediscover a life of joy.

Pura Vida can help free yourself from harmful substances, such as:

  • Methamphetamine
  • Kratom
  • Marijuana
  • Cocaine
  • Prescription Opioids
  • Heroin
  • Fentanyl
  • Alcohol

For help to end the cycle of addiction, discover how the outpatient program at Pura Vida Recovery Services can provide the tools and support to abstain from alcohol and drugs. Contact our office for a confidential pre-admission screening and learn about affordable financing options.