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Substance Use Support?

Looking for support for you? A friend? A family member? Help is available. You are not alone!

Substance Use Resource Guide for Teens

For Immediate Help
Referral Services and Education

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

Education and treatment referral services for mental health conditions and substance use disorder.​

  • National Helpline (in English and Spanish): Call 1-800-662-HELP & enter “4357”

  • Website:

Referral Services and Education
For Immediate Help
Screening, Counseling, and Recovery Groups

Washtenaw County Health Initiative

For Immediate Help. This is a hybrid hotline also used to support youth mental health. Calls are answered by licensed mental health and substance use professionals at Washtenaw County Community Mental Health, the county’s safety net provider, who can provide guidance on how to access services, give immediate screenings, and also give referrals to community-based providers. This hotline speeds up the process to seeking treatment, making it easier for youth or adults to access services when they’re ready to take that step.

  • Phone: 734-544-3050 for 24/7 substance use treatment support hotline.

The Corner Health Center

Provide Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) services and recovery groups, with a comprehensive approach for early identification and intervention regarding patterns of substance use that places health at risk. Also, specialize in mental health and physical health services for LGBTQ+ youth.​

Home of New Vision

Offers individual counseling for youth ages 14-17 to assist them in SUD recovery and developing healthy coping skills for long-term wellbeing.

Dawn Farm

Individual and family outpatient counseling services for youth.

Ozone House (Ann Arbor)

Provide Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) services, and recovery groups.

U of M Addiction Treatment Services

Specialize in working with adolescents, young adults and college students, including individuals with both mental health and substance use issues. Offer virtual appointments and specialized group therapy options.

For Immediate Help
Support if You Have a Loved One Experiencing Addiction

Al-Anon: Alateen Program

Resource for learning how your parent, guardian, or loved ones’ substance abuse can impact you and your mental health. Click below for the questionnaire to see if a family support group is right for you. 

For Immediate Help
More for Parents

AA online app

AA self-check for adults

Al-Anon: Alateen Program

Online resource for providing a support network for parents to realize how their behavior impacts their child’s mental health issue.

For Immediate Help
Quit Vaping

This is Quitting by Truth Initiative​​​

The first-of-its-kind program to help young people quit vaping, This is Quitting has helped nearly 500,000 youth and young adults on their journey to quit vaping. Learn more about how it works and the additional resources available for parents of young vapers and for adults who want to quit.

  • Teens and young adults can join for free by texting DITCHVAPE to 88709

Behind the Haze: Quit Resources for Vaping​​​

This website has a variety of quitting resources for teens who vape. Many of these quit programs are online and anonymous.

Screening Counseling Recovery
Support for Loved Ones
More for Parents
Quit Vaping
For Immediate Help
Prescription Drug Disposal

Proper drug disposal is a preventative, proactive approach to reducing prescription misuse and abuse. Disposing of prescriptions properly keeps our families and our environment safe. 


Big Red Barrel

The Big Red Barrel Program is designed to reduce misuse of prescription drugs in a community by proactive collection and disposal through safe means, utilizing a local “drop-off barrel” point. The barrels are permanent units located at police stations and allow community members to properly dispose of their unused, unwanted or expired medication for free.

All medication is then collected and transported by law enforcement officials, and disposed of in an environmentally safe, EPA-approved manner. Pharmaceutically controlled substances are accepted including, but not limited to, OxyContin, Vicodin, and Percocet. No questions will be asked.


There are three simple steps to the process.


Bring your unused, expired, or unwanted prescription or over-the-counter pills in their original containers to either of these locations.


Place medications in the plastic bags provided at the drop-off chute located in the hallway at the Sheriff’s Station. Seal the bags and deposit them in the chute. Do not place any containers with your personal information in the barrel. (There will be posted instructions and supplies available there for your use.)


Feel good about doing the right thing to protect our kids, and our environment!



*Please note: Only solid medicines are accepted. Contact your local pharmacy to ask about proper disposal of these items listed above. Or check out for county-specific disposal information options.

Prescription Drug Disposal

1 | Timing.

It doesn’t have to be a perfect time, but it should be a time and place that allows you to speak freely with privacy and minimal distractions, such as taking a walk.

4 | Encourage.

Understand that your loved one may need time or may not be able to accept what you’re saying in the moment, but it doesn’t mean your offer of support wasn’t helpful.

2 | Explain why you're concerned.

You can say something as simple as, “I’ve noticed you don’t seem like yourself lately” and offer one or two specific instances where you observed them behave out of character that caused concern. Then listen.

5 | Give it time.

Understand that your loved one may need time or may not be able to accept what you’re saying in the moment, but it doesn’t mean your offer of support wasn’t helpful.

3 | Validate.

Make it clear you’re listening without judgment and offer to explore options with them.

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