Addiction to almost anything, including drugs and alcohol, is a serious and life-threatening illness. The disease damages, and sometimes destroys, the lives of the addicts and their families, friends, employees, and employers.
It’s a good idea to think of addiction as a disease any of us could have. It is not a problem with will power- we would never blame a person for having cancer or diabetes.
There is no evidence at this time that addiction of any kind can be cured. It can, however, be managed.
THERE IS HELP!
For general information, this site is very helpful. It offers all kinds of specific details about the recovery process, types of addictions, and an e-mail link to ask questions.
Detox is a medically supervised withdrawal from extended drug and alcohol use. The chemical detoxification (withdrawal) process can be life-threatening or fatal without this help. Detox centers in Minneapolis and St. Paul also provide assessment services and tests and can provide referrals to different treatment programs, including those which the state or county will provide if an addict has a financial need.
Appointments for assessment and other information can be gotten by calling:
612-879-3503 in Minneapolis
651-266-4009 in St. Paul
Mental health disorders occur quite often in addiction. In St. Paul, there is a program for help with treatment of these “co-occuring” diseases. Schedule an assessment by calling 651-266-4008.
12 Step Programs have been successful for many addicts. The disease of addiction can be managed! Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) provides a program with meetings for alcoholics and drug addicts. These meetings are regularly scheduled and serve very diverse groups in different formats. For information about meeting formats, times, and locations, call:
Pamphlets and books about addiction are available at these offices.
Phones are answered 24 hours a day. The calls are confidential. Someone can answer questions anytime. These offices can also send pairs of persons to talk to your addict when he or she is in trouble. Call for help-it may be the first step to managing a disease that affects you and your friends or family.
If you or anyone around you (including the addict) is in danger- CALL 911.The operator will send police or paramedics to help you.
On the web, you can get information about AA, including meeting times, locations, and formats at:
There is a meeting at Zion Lutheran Church on Friday nights at 7:30!
Alanon & Alateen
Alanon is a group for people with an addict in their lives to learn some skills and get support and help with that life. Call:
For meeting times, locations, and more information.
Narcotics Anonymous (NA)
Narcotics Anonymous (NA) provides the same kind of program as AA, but is targeted specifically to people with addictions to drugs.
To request meeting schedules or for general information, visit
Decisions about any kind of addiction are difficult and sometimes impossible. It takes courage to ask for help for yourself or someone close to you who suffers from these diseases. There is hope and help. Please do not be afraid to ask for help! For more information please call:
Zion Lutheran Church
MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES
Educational Materials, Advocacy & Support Group Information on Depression, Bipolar Illness, Schizophrenia, Suicide Prevention and Grief after Suicide.
For other local resources, please call your county’s social services number.
SAVE – Suicide Awareness Voices of Education 952-946-7998
Information on depression and suicide prevention 1-888-511-7283
African American Family Services 612-813-0782
Helping individuals, family and community through
community-based, culturally specific services www.aafs.net
Center for Grief 651-641-0177
1133 Grand Avenue, St. Paul
Grief therapy for individuals and families and consultation and
critical incident response for schools, organizations and businesses.
CLUES – Comunidades Latinas Unidas en Servicio 651-379-4200
797 E. 7th Street, St. Paul, MN
Helping individuals, family and community through
community-based, culturally specific services. www.clues.org
Community-University Health Care Center 612-638-0670
Mental health programs for GLBT Native American, Latino,
Southeast Asian and Somali communities. www.ahc.umn.edu/CUHCC
Consumer Survivor Network (CSN) Twin Cities Metro Warmline 651-637-2800
Someone to talk to, someone who will listen 1-800-483-2007
Non-crises line for mental health consumers
Thurs., Sat. – 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Crisis Connection 612-379-6363
Free confidential counseling. Available to anyone calling
from the 7 county Twin Cities metro area. Hearing Impaired 612-379-6377
District 202 612-871-5559
Drop-in community center for GLBT youth and their friends 612-331-6840
Age 21 and under. www.dist202.org
Emotions Anonymous - 651-647-9712
Emotions Anonymous is a twelve-step organization, similar to Alcoholics Anonymous. Their fellowship is composed of people who come together in weekly meetings for the purpose of working toward recovery from emotional difficulties. EA members are from many walks of life and are of diverse ages, economic status, social and educational backgrounds. The only requirement for membership is a desire to become well emotionally.
There is a meeting at Zion Lutheran Church on Thursdays at 7:00pm in Zion's Fireside Room
Front Door 612-348-4111
Makes arrangements for a social worker visitation
Neighborhood Involvement Program (N.I.P.)
Three mental health programs available on a sliding fee scale, 612-374-3125
including Rape and Sexual Abuse Center. Hotline 612-825-4357
Minnesota Association for Children’s Mental Health (MACMH) 651-644-7333
Parent support group information 1-800-528-4511
Mental Health Consumer/Survivor Network of MN 651-637-2800
Consumer organization dedicated to self-help, education and Advocacy. 1-800-483-2007
MN Mental Health Association 1-800-862-1799
Information on brain illnesses and REACH support groups for
family and friends of people with brain illnesses.
Native Youth Crisis Hotline 1-877-209-1266
Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights (PACER Center) 952-827-2966
Founded by parents helping parents to improve and expand 1-800-537-2237
opportunities that enhance the quality of life for children and adults with disabilities.
Minnesota Psychiatric Society 651-407-1873
Psychiatrist referral information (MN only)
National Alliance for the Mentally Ill Minnesota (NAMI) 651-645-2948
Provides family and consumer education and support
People Inc. 651-774-0011
Promotes independence and community integration for people with brain illnesses.
Rise, Inc. 763-786-8334
Provides vocational evaluation, training, job placement, transitional housing and support services for people with disabilities and other barriers to employment.
United Way First Call for Help 211
Referral agency www.211unitedway.org
Walk-In Counseling Center 612-870-0565
2421 Chicago Ave.. So. Minneapolis
Mon, Wed., & Fri – 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Mon.-Thurs – 6:30-8:30 p.m.
NO FEES/Donations appreciated. www.walkin.org