The Substance Abuse Helpline is a free, confidential, 24-hour-a-day phone line staffed by the Crisis Support Services of Nevada. It is available for anyone in the state of Nevada. When you call, you are provided with support and referrals to substance abuse counseling and treatment resources throughout the state.

Substance Abuse Help Line

1-775-825-4357

Substance Abuse Help Line (Toll Free)

1-800-450-9530

Get Substance Abuse Counseling and Help


Substance abuse is the overindulgence in or dependence on an addictive substance, especially alcohol or drugs. Substance abuse and addiction do not discriminate. It impacts all walks of life and every gender, ethnicity, race, sexual orientation and socioeconomic class. Substance abuse can start innocently and spiral out of control quickly.  

If you or someone you know is struggling with substance abuse, please call the helpline at 775-825-4357 or toll-free at 1-800-450-9530. Together, we can get to a better tomorrow through judgment-free support. We provide resources for substance abuse counseling and treatment. This service is made possible through our partnership with Join Together Northern Nevada, A Community Partnership Against Substance Abuse.

Warning Signs of Substance Abuse


Signs of substance abuse can present themselves both physically and behaviorally. They may not be as obvious as seeing someone drink too heavily or engaging in drug use. Substance abuse and addiction can present itself in the following ways:

Physical signs of substance abuse include:

  • Extreme fluctuations in weight
  • Bloodshot or glazed eyes
  • Dilated or constricted pupils
  • Broken capillaries on nose and face
  • Noticeable inattention to personal hygiene
  • Difficulty sleeping or sleeping too much
  • Cravings and sickness when the substance is not available

Behavioral signs include:

  • Anxiety, aggression and irritation
  • Changes in social interaction and network
  • Depression
  • Changes in personality and habits
  • Inability to focus
  • Struggle maintaining relationships
  • Engaging in criminal activity

Finally, if you find yourself or a loved one continues to use, despite negative consequences to themselves, family or friends, they may have substance abuse issues. If you are looking for ways to help someone suffering from substance abuse and addiction, please call the helpline at 775-825-4357 or toll-free at 1-800-450-9530.

Substance Abuse Resources


If you or someone you know is struggling with substance abuse, you are not alone. There are resources and support systems to help you find a better tomorrow.

FAQs About Substance Abuse and Addiction

Yes. Even medication meant to help a person with pain or other sickness can become addictive if taken against prescription orders, or if the medication was prescribed for another person. If you feel you are addicted to a medication prescribed by your doctor, speak with your doctor immediately.

Abusing alcohol can be determined by both frequency and volume of drinking. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services defines binge drinking as four drinks in two hours for women, and five drinks in two hours for men. Drinking every day, thinking about drinking and not being able to, or drinking even when there are negative consequences are all signs that you may have an addiction. The faster you notice and accept the potential that you are abusing, the more likely you are to be able to turn your habits around. Reach out today.

The support of family and friends is critical to helping someone struggling with substance abuse. Starting the conversation around addiction can be difficult. The National Institute on Drug Abuse has many resources for family members and friends who are looking to assist a loved one: NIDA Where Family Can Go For Information and Treatment Options. You can also call 775-825-4357 or 1-800-450-9530 for information and resources.