Helplines, information, and online interventions
Washington Recovery Help Line
This free, 24-hour telephone help line can assist with substance abuse, problem gambling, and mental health concerns. A service of the Crisis Clinic of King County, the Help Line serves residents in Washington State. In 2014, the WA Dept. of Health designated the Recovery Helpline to be the state’s Marijuana Helpline, a service proposed in Initiative 502. Help Line staff can talk to marijuana users about harm reduction, quitting, or cutting back on their use.
Washington Poison Center
The Washington Poison Center is a statewide provider of immediate, free, and expert treatment advice and assistance on the telephone in case of exposure to poisonous, hazardous, or toxic substances, including accidental ingestion of marijuana by children. All calls are confidential.
For accidental ingestion by pets or other animals, contact the 24-hour ASPCA Pet Poison Help Line at 1-888-426-4435 (a $65 consultation fee may be applied to your credit card).
An evidence-based alternative to 12-step programs, Smart Recovery helps people recover from all types of addiction and addictive behaviors, including substance use, gambling, sexual addiction, and more. The program includes face-to-face meetings around the world, daily online meetings, an online message board, and 24/7 chat rooms.
This self-help fellowship of men and women offers support for those who wish to quit. Meetings are both in-person and online.
Locate Treatment Facilities (SAMHSA)
tel: 1-800-662-HELP (4357) or 1-800-487-4889 (TDD)
The U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator is a confidential and anonymous source of information for persons seeking treatment facilities in the U.S. for substance abuse/addiction and/or mental health problems.
Help for teens in Washington State
Teen Link offers a telephone-based, confidential, anonymous, and non-judgmental help line answered by teens every day from 6-10pm. Teen volunteers are trained to address drug/alcohol use as well as other mental health issues such as suicide, eating disorders, or violence.
Teen Link is a program of the Crisis Clinic.
Learn how to help someone else quit or cut back their use
This e-learning module (about 25 min.) provides information and resources you can use to help a friend, family member, or child reduce or stop their use.
Other modules in the e-learning series may also be helpful, covering topics like marijuana and our bodies, different products and methods of use, Washington state law, and more. Find the whole e-learning series here.