Find Help for Substance Use Disorder

Find Help for Substance Use Disorder

The disease of addiction affects each and every Pennsylvanian and threatens entire communities in our Commonwealth.

The Shapiro Administration is working tirelessly toward our vision of Pennsylvanians living free or in recovery from the disease of addiction resulting in a safe, healthier Commonwealth.

Help is available for Pennsylvanians battling substance use disorder and their loved ones. This guide will connect you to the resources you need to live a long and productive life.

Help is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. To access substance use disorder treatment and resources now, call the Get Help Now hotline at 1-800-662-HELP.

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Get Treatment

Call the Hotline

Are you or is someone you know suffering from substance use disorder? We can help. Call 1-800-662-HELP (4357) for information about treatment resources. Your call is confidential. The hotline is staffed by trained professionals 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and is available in both English and Spanish.

Find a Single County Authority

Local treatment programs are administered through county drug and alcohol offices called Single County Authorities. These programs can help with treatment funding, assess the need for treatment or other services, and make referrals to match treatment and/or service needs. 

Find your Single County Authority.

Find a Center of Excellence

Centers of Excellence are designed to get more people into treatment and keep them engaged in their care. The centers coordinate care for people with Medicaid. Treatment is team-based and “whole person” focused, with the explicit goal of integrating behavioral health and primary care. More information about Centers of Excellence.

To find a Center of Excellence near you, view the map below:


Find a Treatment Provider

You also can reach out directly to treatment providers near you. A treatment provider or facility provides treatment options for those suffering from substance use disorder.

Find a treatment provider near you.



About Naloxone

Naloxone is a safe, easy-to-use, live-saving medication that has one job: Reverse an opioid overdose by blocking the effects of opioids.

An opioid overdose happens when the body cannot handle the amount of opioids that a person takes or if they take a dangerous combination of opioids and other substances like alcohol, other medications, or drugs.

Opioids can slow down a person’s breathing, or even completely stop their breathing.

Additional signs of an overdose include:

  • Small, pinpoint pupils
  • Falling asleep or loss of consciousness
  • Choking or gurgling sounds
  • Limp body
  • Pale, blue, or cold skin

You can save a life by giving naloxone to a person experiencing opioid overdose.

Get Naloxone

At the Pharmacy

The Pennsylvania Department of Health’s Physician General signed a standing order prescription for naloxone.

This means you do not need to get a prescription for naloxone from your healthcare provider.

Show the standing order document to your pharmacist on a cellphone or tablet, or print the document and show it to your pharmacist.

The cost of naloxone from a pharmacy can vary. Before going to the pharmacy, you might want to call your health insurance carrier to find out if naloxone is a covered benefit under your policy and/or if you may have an out-of-pocket cost.

You also can call your pharmacy of choice, provide your health insurance information, and confirm your out-of-pocket cost of naloxone.

Copay Assistance for Naloxone

Pennsylvania residents who purchase naloxone using their insurance might be eligible to receive up to $75 to assist with the out-of-pocket cost. Visit your local pharmacy to learn more about the program.

From Community Organizations

If you need naloxone for personal use, you can find a list of community organizations that provide them on this map.

If you are an organization that would like to offer naloxone for distribution to the community you serve, you can order them through the Pennsylvania Overdose Prevention Program.

By Mail

If you do not have health insurance or if cost is a barrier, you might want to get free naloxone by mail.

Through NEXT Distro, anyone can get naloxone mailed to their home for free.

How To Use Naloxone

Anyone can learn how to safely give naloxone to someone experiencing an overdose.

Training is available at:

You also can reach out to your health care provider or pharmacist with questions about administering naloxone.

Here’s how to give someone naloxone nasal spray:

Front and back of nasal spray packaging

Hold plunger up to patient's nose and push.

STEP 1: Peel back the package to remove the device.

STEP 2: Hold the device with your thumb on the bottom of the plunger and two fingers on the nozzle.

STEP 3: Place and hold the tip of the nozzle in either nostril, until your fingers touch the bottom of the patient’s nose.

STEP 4: Lastly, press the plunger firmly to release the dose into the patient’s nose.



About Drug Test Strips

Test strips allow people to stay informed about potential harms in the illicit drug supply.

  • While strips cannot determine the quantity, purity, or type of fentanyl in a sample, they have demonstrated utility in detecting whether the presence of certain harmful additives like fentanyl or “tranq”.
  • Test strips have been shown to have significant utility as a public health and engagement tool for people who use drugs.
  • Test strips are one tool to prevent overdose if used correctly and with other risk reduction practices like naloxone.

How can I get test strips?

If you need drug testing strips for personal use, you can find a list of community organizations that provide them on this map.

If you are an organization that would like to offer test strips for distribution to the community you serve, you can order them through the Pennsylvania Overdose Prevention Program.


Responding To An Overdose


  •  Try to wake the person up by calling their name or rubbing the middle of their chest with your knuckles.
  • Call 911 for help.
  • Use naloxone if you have it – if the person overdosing does not respond within 2 to 3 minutes after administering the first dose of naloxone, administer a second dose.
  • Support the person’s breathing by ensuring their airway is clear or begin rescue breathing. Position the person on their side if they are breathing on their own. 

Do not: 

  • Slap or try to forcefully stimulate the person. 
  • Put the person into a cold bath or shower. This increases the risk of falling, drowning, or going into shock.
  • Inject the person with any substance (salt water, milk, “speed,” heroin, etc.). The only safe and appropriate treatment is naloxone.
  • Try to make the person vomit the drugs they may have swallowed. Choking or inhaling vomit into the lungs can cause a fatal injury.

Good Samaritan Law

Through the Good Samaritan provision of Act 139, members of the community, family members, friends, and bystanders can lawfully administer naloxone to someone who is experiencing an overdose.

This provision provides immunity from prosecution for those who respond to an overdose by administering naloxone and/or call 911.



Resources for Families

It’s not easy supporting a loved one with substance use disorder or dealing with the many challenges that come along with it. You are not alone. Resources are here to help you.

KinConnector Helpline

As a result of the opioid crisis, more grandparents and extended relatives are raising children in Pennsylvania.

Grandparents raising grand kids

Pennsylvania’s KinConnector Helpline was created to connect grandparents and other caregiver relatives to local, state, and federal resources, including:

  • Physical and mental health services
  • Health care coverage
  • Social Security
  • School enrollment help
  • Support groups
  • Financial assistance
  • Legal aid
  • Other caregiver resources

The helpline is staffed by compassionate and knowledgeable social service professionals and is available:

  • Monday-Thursday: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Friday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Call 1-866-546-2111 to access the KinConnector Helpline.

Help a Loved One Get Treatment

Starting a conversation about getting help isn’t easy. These tips from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism are helpful for talking with your loved one about getting treatment:

  • Think about what you are going to say before you say it. Consider a role-playing practice with someone else.
  • Choose the right time to talk. Your loved one should be sober for this. Avoid having this chat at celebrations and on holidays.
  • Try to be calm and supportive. Your loved one’s life may be in chaos right now. You can be a calming influence.
  • Don’t gang up on the person. It’s important that they feel supported, not threatened.
  • Stick with the facts. A person with substance use disorder has a medical problem. Treatment works, and recovery is possible. Let them know you’re here to help them find a good plan of action.

Supporting Kids

The National Association of Children of Addiction educates and supports children and family members to lead healthy lives despite being hurt by substance use disorder. The organization teaches the “seven Cs” for helping kids cope with parental substance use:

I didn’t cause it. I can’t control it, and I can’t cure it.

I can help take care of myself by communicating my feelings, making healthy choices, and celebrating me.

Alateen has chats for young people, ages 13 to 18, who have been affected by someone else’s substance use. Register for an Alateen Chat.

For Parents

Whether you’ve just discovered your child’s substance use or you need a new approach, Partnership for Drug-Free Kids’ Parent Helpline is here to help you:

Knowing the facts can help your child get on the road to recovery:

  • Substance use changes the brain, which can make drug use compulsive.
  • Expecting your child to quit cold turkey is unrealistic.
  • Intervening early is better than waiting for “rock bottom.”
  • Your child can have mixed feelings about treatment, and it still can be effective.
  • Resumed use is common and often occurs before achieving long-term recovery.
  • Positive behavior and communication skills are more effective than punishment.
  • It’s crucial to find the best treatment for your child’s unique needs.
  • Medication-assisted treatment is the gold standard of care for opioid use disorder.
  • Using person-first language is proven to reduce stigma and improve treatment.

This crisis toolkit has resources for parents of loved ones with substance use disorder.

Support on Social Media

Get helpful, up-to-date resources by following the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs on Facebook and Twitter.



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