A few essential phone numbers and websites. Feel free to contact me if you don’t see what you’re looking for.
Domestic Violence Hotline: (800) 799-SAFE
Child Abuse Hotline: (800) 4-A-CHILD
Elder Abuse: (800) 992-1660
Suicide Prevention Center: (877) 727-4747
Twelve-Step Meetings (Los Angeles)
Alcoholics Anonymous: (323) 936-4343
Cocaine Anonymous: (310) 216-4444
Narcotics Anonymous: (818) 773-9999
Al-Anon: (818) 760-7122
Chronic Pain Anonymous
Co-Dependents Anonymous (323) 969-4995
Crystal Meth Anonymous (213) 488-4455
Debtors Anonymous (310) 822-7250
Emotions Anonymous (323) 589-3768
Gamblers Anonymous (213) 386-8789
Overeaters Anonymous (323) 653-7652
Marijuana Anonymous (323) 964-2370
Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous (323) 957-4881
Workaholics Anonymous (510) 273-9253
General 12-Step Info:
Before seeking psychotherapy for chronic pain or other possibly stress-related illness, please talk to a mind-body oriented medical doctor. In Los Angeles, try MindBody Workbook author, Dr. David Schechter. A list of MDs with a stress illness orientation in other cities and states is here.
Mindfulness meditation has been shown to be a powerful way to help decrease anxiety and depression and boost your overall sense of well-being. Try the mindfulness page on this site for more about mindfulness–including links to free guided meditation mp3s.
Other Useful Numbers
L.A. County Mental Health Access: (800) 854-7771
Legal Aid: (800) 399-4529
For more L.A. resources–especially for people in crisis–try the Didi Hirsch Adult Resource Guide, which I helped put together.
My series of posts from Psychology Today about getting through tough times is indexed here: Crisis Coping from A to Z.