Prescription Drug Abuse Hotline

Authored by National Rehab Hotline    Reviewed by Robert Gerchalk    Last Updated: September 8th, 2021

Robert Gerchalk Medical Reviewer
Robert is our health care professional reviewer of this website. He worked for many years in mental health and substance abuse facilities in Florida, as well as in home health (medical and psychiatric), and took care of people with medical and addictions problems at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. He has a nursing and business/technology degrees from The Johns Hopkins University.

Those who abuse prescription drugs can often benefit from the assistance of a helpline. A prescription drug abuse hotline helps people to get emotional support, information about drug abuse and encouragement to recover. Understanding how The National Rehab Hotline works can make it easier for you to use this helpful service and to seek treatment for prescription drug abuse.

Are You Struggling With Prescription Drug Abuse?

When people think of drug addiction, they often picture individuals injecting or smoking illegal substances. However, the reality is that plenty of legal medications also have an addictive potential. Stimulants, tranquilizers, pain relievers, and sedatives are frequently misused. Even if your doctor prescribed a prescription drug to you, you can end up needing to call a prescription drug abuse hotline.

If you are using prescription drugs in a way not recommended by your doctor, you could end up developing substance use disorder. Prescription drug abuse is incredibly common, so you do not need to feel alone or ashamed if you are dealing with it. Roughly 18 million people misuse prescription drugs each year.

There are all sorts of ways that prescription drugs can be abused. Some people take drugs they were not prescribed for a medical condition, and others take higher-than-recommended dosages of their prescribed medications. Commonly abused prescription drugs include:

• Oxycontin (sustained-release oxycodone)
• Percocet (oxycodone/acetaminophen)
• Norco (hydrocodone/acetaminophen)
• Xanax (alprazolam)
• Valium diazepam)
• Ambien (zolpidem)
• Ritalin (methylphenidate)
• Adderall (dextroamphetamine-amphetamine))
• Dexedrine (dextroamphetamine)
• Gabapentin (Neurontin)

Even though prescription drugs might be legal, taking them in ways that your doctor did not recommend can be dangerous. Like any other drug, there is a risk of overdose, organ damage or brain damage. People with an addiction also encounter all sorts of mental, physical and emotional health problems. They may struggle to maintain relationships with others, to care for themselves, or to attain life goals.

What Is a Prescription Drug Abuse Hotline?

For anyone dealing with prescription drug abuse, an addiction hotline can be helpful. Also called a helpline, telephone counseling, or a support line, this service offers assistance to those struggling with a substance use disorder.

People who use prescription drugs may have different attitudes towards drug abuse, such as believing they cannot be addicted to a legally prescribed medication, so a prescription drug abuse hotline focuses on more effective ways of discussing the subject. Staff members have additional training on the challenges faced by those with prescription drug problems. Since prescription drug abuse can be closely linked to other mental and physical health disorders, a prescription drug hotline may provide assistance with general health challenges.

How the Prescription Drug Abuse Hotline Works

Getting the helpful support of a hotline is very simple, and it is always free. With The National Rehab Hotline, all you have to do is call 866-210-1303. We are always running, so you can call us at any time of day or night. Once you dial the number, you will hear a list of options. Depending on the hotline you call, you might speak to a real person immediately or you might get an automated menu to help you find the right specialist to talk to. Select the prescription drug abuse option to speak to a member who is trained in handling this topic.

Once you select the type of help you need, you will be connected to a fully trained advisor. He or she will usually start by asking you a bit of information about yourself. You can share as much or as little as you like. The advisor will be there to just listen to you vent if that’s what you need, but he or she can also answer questions that you have.

A hotline is not a substitute for emergency medical care. Staff members cannot handle crises like overdoses or intense suicidal desires. However, they can help you seek appropriate care if you mention that you are dealing with an emergency.

Once you finish your call, remember that the hotline is always there to help. You may be able to follow the advice right away and seek help. However, it is very common for hotline callers to continue dealing with addiction. The good news is that whenever you feel stressed, anxious or worried, you can call the hotline again. The National Rehab Hotline does not keep track of repeat callers, but you can let the staff know you are one if desired. Regardless of how often you use the hotline or whether you take advantage of a counselor’s recommendations, they will always be there to assist you.

You Do Not Have to Be Alone During This Difficult Time

One of the most valuable benefits of a prescription drug abuse hotline is simply that it provides emotional support. People who have a substance abuse problem frequently struggle with loneliness and isolation. It can feel like no one around you understands or accepts you, and these feelings of loneliness often worsen drug abuse. Humans are naturally social creatures, and without anyone around to talk to, people might turn to drugs as a form of recreation or comfort.

Calling a hotline can be a healthy way of dealing with the isolation you are feeling. When you call The National Rehab Hotline, you get connected to a kind, caring person. This representative is happy to simply listen to the challenges you face in your daily life, and he or she can understand the sorts of difficulties you are dealing with. This emotional support can greatly enhance your overall well-being during a difficult and lonely time.

Get the Information You Need to Stay Safe

Prescription drug abuse can be incredibly dangerous because many prescription medications are strong. Abusing certain types of drugs can cause liver failure, kidney damage, and other issues. Even supposedly harmless medications like Tylenol can have dangerous interactions with certain prescription drugs or with alcohol. Depending on the type of substance you use, stopping it abruptly can be a bad idea. Certain prescription medications like benzodiazepines can have deadly withdrawal symptoms.

Prescription drug abuse hotlines work to reduce harm to those with substance use disorders. Trained staff members have plenty of information about various prescription drugs, so they can discuss things like safe dosages and withdrawal schedules. Though a helpline’s advice is not as in-depth as a medical professional, the specialists can still provide valuable information.

You can ask questions about safely quitting prescription drugs or discuss your current types of drug abuse with the hotline. Then, an advisor can assist you with recommendations for how to stay as safe as possible. Depending on your situation, the hotline advisor may recommend talking to your doctor, or he or she might even call emergency services for you.

Start the Path to Recovery by Calling a Prescription Drug Abuse Hotline

A prescription drug abuse hotline is not a substitute for an actual rehab center, but making a call can still play an important role in recovery. When you call the helpline, a professional can assist you with learning about detox, withdrawal, and recovery. The hotline staff members can answer your questions about different types of rehab and can help you decide which one works for your situation.

If you are comfortable sharing your location, the hotline can assist you with finding rehab centers in your area. A counselor can discuss various options that suit your preferences. For people who are worried about paying for rehab, the hotline can assist with finding centers that take their insurance plans or can offer special rates for low-income patients.

When you are in the middle of a substance use disorder, the idea of researching rehab centers, comparing prices, checking reviews and learning about their services can seem overwhelming. If you want to get clean but do not know what to do next, a prescription drug abuse hotline is a great resource. Compassionate professionals will give you reliable, simple information in terms you can understand. With the help of the hotline, you can stay informed and figure out the best treatment for your needs.

When Should You Call a Prescription Drug Abuse Hotline?

You can get in touch with a prescription drug hotline any time you are using prescription drugs. If your doctor has prescribed drugs and you are concerned about their effects, you can call us to discuss your situation. We are also here to talk with you if you are using prescription drugs in a way not recommended by a health care professional. You can even call us before you use the drugs if you would like support to prevent relapsing.

Any time you suspect that you might have a substance abuse problem, it is especially important to call The National Rehab Hotline. Our team can help you stay safe and can recommend treatment options for addiction. Signs you may have a prescription drug abuse problem include:

• You take a medication you were not prescribed.
• You find yourself running out of your prescription too soon.
• Most of your time is spent using, obtaining, or thinking about the drug.
• Your personal health and hygiene are being neglected.
• You struggle to handle responsibilities like work, school or childcare.
• Hobbies and activities you used to love no longer interest you.
• When you quit taking the drug, you experience withdrawal symptoms.
• You need to take more and more of the drug to get the effects.
• You try to quit using the drug but cannot.
• You find yourself taking more than intended when you use the drug.
• Your mental or physical health is starting to decline.
• You do dangerous things, like drive under the influence or steal to pay for drugs.
• There are negative consequences in your life due to drug usage, but you cannot stop.

You do not need to have a prescription drug abuse problem to call The National Rehab Hotline. We can also offer helpful information to the friends and family members of those dealing with addiction. In addition to assisting you with finding rehab options, we can also provide advice about how to interact with a person who is abusing prescription drugs. You can call us if you want advice on how to have an intervention or if you want to ask whether your child’s symptoms indicate prescription drug abuse.

What to Say When You Call the Hotline

Some people like to call the hotline as soon as they realize they need help. While it is fine to call and just discuss whatever might be on your mind, you can plan ahead if desired. If you are shy or easily overwhelmed, it is a good idea to think about what you want to say before you call. Making a plan can ensure that you do not forget any important details or lose your train of thought.

Some ideas for conversation topics include:

• The types of drugs you take and how often you take them
• Your current mental and physical health status
• Whether you are interested in treatment right now
• Reasons you might feel like it is hard to find treatment
• Whether it is possible to get clean on your own or if you need detox treatment
• Ways to treat your medical condition without abusing prescription drugs
• The safety of taking certain substances alongside prescription drugs
• How to pay for rehab with your type of health care insurance
• What will happen if you do not get treatment
• Factors that may be affecting your mental health

Overcome Prescription Drug Abuse by Calling the National Rehab Hotline

At The National Rehab Hotline, we are dedicated to helping people through substance abuse and addiction. With our prescription drug abuse hotline, you can get the care and support you need. Whether you are ready to go to rehab or just need a sympathetic ear during a tough time, our staff members are here to talk to you. Call 866-210-1303 now to get started.

The National Rehab Hotline is free and available 24/7/365 to help anyone struggling through a substance use or mental health crisis get immediate help.


Our crisis hotline specialists can provide resourceful information about alcoholism, drug addiction, and mental health, and what the next steps for yourself or your loved one might be. This may include treatment suggestions, immediate crisis support & intervention, or we can guide you towards local resources