Chicago Self Help Services

 

Alcohol And Drug

Alcoholics Anonymous

P.O. Box 459, Grand Central Station

New York, NY 10163

Hot line: 212-473-6200

Website: http://www.alcoholics-anonymous.org/

Local phone numbers are given in the white pages of the telephone directory of communities around the world.

The largest and most successful organization in the world for recovery from alcoholism, through meetings and peer support. All services are free.

Drug Information and Treatment Hotline

800-662-HELP

Website: http://www.counseling.org/consumers_media/hotline_info.htm

 A 24-hour hotline sponsored by the federal government and affiliated with the National Institute of Drug Abuse.

Drug Rehab

Website: http://www.aboutrecovery.com

 An understandable and comprehensive resource about drug rehab and mental health treatment.

National Clearinghouse for

Alcohol and Drug Information

P.O. Box 2345

Rockville, MD 20852

301-468-2600

Website: http://www.health.org/

Government-sponsored source of literature.

Birth Defects And Diseases

National Multiple Sclerosis Society

205 East 42nd St.

New York, NY 10017

212-986-3240

Website: http://www.msandyou.org/

Gives information about research and treatment.

National Down syndrome Society

141 Fifth Ave.

New York, NY 10010

212-460-9330

Website: http://www.ndss.org/

Gives information about parent support groups, publications, and special programs.

Spina Bifida Information And Referral

343 South Dearborn

Chicago, Il 60604

800-621-3141

312-663-1562 (Illinois)

Website: http://www.sbaa.org/

Provides general information and referrals.

Spinal Cord Society

2410 Lakeview Drive

Fergus Falls, MN 56537

800-328-8253

800-862-0179 (in Minnesota)

Website: http://www.cdrweb.com/spinal/

Offers general information and monthly newsletter.

CANCER

American Cancer Society

4 West 35th Street

New York, NY 10001

800-ACS-2345

212-736-3030

Website: http://www.cancer.org/

For free information on almost any concern about cancer, this number will aid you in finding, local resources.

Cancer Information Service

National Cancer Institute, National Institute of Health

Bethesda, MD 20892

800-4-CANCER

Website: http://cis.nci.nih.gov/

Persons at this number will answer cancer-related questions in addition to providing free information on cancer prevention.

Child Abuse

Incest Survivors Anonymous

P.O. Box 5613

Long Beach, CA 90805

213-422-1632

Website: http://www.siawso.org/

Provides information to help people who have experienced incest adjust psychologically and socially.

National Child Abuse Hotline

Child Help USA

Woodland Hills, CA 91370

800-422-4453

Website:  www.childhelpusa.org/child/hotline.htm

Provides information and referrals to both parents and children to prevent and deal with consequences of child abuse.

Parents Anonymous Hotline

2230 Hawthorne Blvd.

Ste.210

Torrance, CA 90505

Website:

Makes referrals to self-help groups of parents who want to prevent themselves from or stop abusing their children.

Child Advocacy

Children’s Defense Fund

520 New Hampshire Ave NW

Washington, DC, 20036

800-424-9602

202-628-8787(in Washington, DC)

Website:  http://www.childrensdefense.org/

Provides information and resources on wide range of issues concerning children.

Eating Disorders

National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders

Box 7

Highland Park, IL 60033

312-831-3438

Website: http://www.anad.org/

Provides referrals to local therapists.

Education And Child Care

Child Care Action Campaign

99 Hudson Street

Suite 1233

New York, NY 10013

212-334-9595

Website: http://www.childcareaction.org/

This national coalition of leaders from various institutions and organizations serves as a advocacy group offering information on many aspects of child care through individual information sheets, a bimonthly newsletter, and audio training tapes for family day care providers.

National Association for the

Education of Young Children

1834 Connecticut Ave. NW

Washington, DC, 20009

202-232-8777 or 800-424-2460

Website: http://www.naeyc.org/

This professional association accredits child-care centers and preschools around the country, holds regional and national meetings, and distributes publications for both professional and parents.

Parents Anonymous Hotline

1463 Rhode Island Ave. NW

Washington, DC, 20005

202-387-1281

Website:

This national nonprofit organization focuses on child care, health, education, and welfare. It holds conferences, conducts tutorial programs, and helps homeless children find adoptive families.

Family Support

Family Resource Coalition

230 N. Michigan Ave.

Suite 1625

Chicago, IL 60601

Website: www.chtop.com/frc.htm

Gives information on free or low cost programs offering child development classes, hot lines, and support groups.

Parents Without Partners

7910 Woodmont Ave.

Bethesda, MD 20814

800-638-8078

301-654-8850 (in Maryland)

Website: http://www.parentswithoutpartners.org/

Provides information on local chapters of support groups for single parents.

Single Parent Resource Center

225 Park Ave. South

New York, NY 10003

Website: http://singleparentusa.com/

Provides information and resources for single parents. 

General Health 

National Health Information

Clearinghouse

U.S. Office of Disease Prevention

And Health Promotion

800-336-4797

Website: http://www.nohic.nidcr.nih.gov/

Government service answering almost any health- related concern. 

National Women’s Health Network

224 Seventh St. SE

Washington, DC 20003

202-543-9222

Website: http://www.womenshealthnetwork.org/

Provides information relating to women’s health topics. 

Infant Mortality 

Compassionate Friends, Inc.

P.O. Box 3696

Oak Brook, IL 60522

312-323-5010

Website: http://www.compassionatefriends.org/

Offers support to bereaved parents and siblings of infants and older children through 460 chapters in the United States. 

National Sudden Infant Death

Syndrome Clearinghouse

3520 Prospect Street NW

Ground Floor Suite 1

Washington, DC, 20057

202-625-8410

Website:

Provides resources and information. 

Medical Help 

American Trauma Society

1400 Mercantile Lane

Suite 188

Landover, MD 20785

800-556-7890

Website: http://www.amtrauma.org/

Offers literature on accident prevention.

Orton Dyslexia Society

724 York Rd.

Baltimore, MD 21204

800-222-3123(except Maryland)

Website: http://ods.org./

Provides information about reading and writing disorders. 

Mental Health

National Institute of Mental Health Public Inquiries Branch

5600 Fishers Lane

Room 15C-05

Rockville, MD 20857

301-443-4517

Website: http://www.nimh.nih.gov/

Federally sponsored agency, which answers questions about depression and other psychological disorders.

Missing Children 

Child Find

P.O. Box 277

New Paltz, NY 12561

800-I AM LOST

Website: http://www.childfindofamerica.org/

Hotline to report disappearances or sightings.

National Center for Missing and

Exploited Children

1835 K. Street NW

Suite 700

Washington, DC, 20006

800-843-5678

Website: www.missingkids.com/

Hotline to report disappearances or sightings. 

Pregnancy And Childbirth

American Society for Psychoprophylaxis in Obstetrics/Lamaze

1840 Wilson Boulevard

Suite 204

Arlington, VA 22201

800-368-4404

Website: http://www.lamaze-childbirth.com/chapters.html

Makes referrals to local Lamaze chapters, which help prospective parents prepare for childbirth and infant care. 

International Childbirth Education Association

P.O. Box 20048

Minneapolis, MN 55420

800-624-4934

Website: http://www.icea.org/

Offers a free catalog of materials on pregnancy, childbirth, and childcare. 

National Clearinghouse for Family Planning Information

Health and Human Services Department

P.O. Box 12921

Arlington, VA 22209

708-558-7932

Website:

Federally sponsored agency, which provides information on publications about birth control.

Sleep Problems 

Association of Sleep Disorders Center

P.O. Box 2604

Del Mar, CA 92014

619-755-6556

Website: http://www.aasmnet.org/

Provides a listing of sleep disorder centers in the United States and Canada. 

Speech And Hearing 

National Center for Stuttering

200 East 33rd St.

New York, NY 10016

800-221-2483

212-532-1460(in New York)

Website: http://www.stuttering.com/

Provides information and literature on treatment programs. 

Suicide 

National Adolescent Suicide Hotline

2210 North Halsted

Chicago, Il 60614

800-621-4000

Website: http://www.mental-health-matters.com/crisis/suicide.php

Provides help and counseling to prevent suicide and to help surviving family and friends.

Sexually Transmitted Diseases and AIDS

Aids Hotline

800-342-AIDS

Website: http://www.ashastd.org/nah/index.html

Provides sources to contact with questions. 

V.D. National Hotline

800-227-8922

Website: http://www.cdc.gov/nchstp/dstd/dstdp.html

Provides sources to contact with concerns and questions about sexually transmitted diseases.

 

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