Many of us on the West Linn Community Task Force know first-hand the panic that sets in when faced with a child’s drug or alcohol abuse problem. Figuring out where to turn first is a daunting task. The following resource list is intended to provide parents with a starting point for dealing with the problem, whether the problem is an emergency that needs to be dealt with now or one that can wait until the right mental health professional is found.
This list is by no means comprehensive, nor is it a list of endorsements or recommendations. It is simply informational. We have tried to arrange the list according to urgency. At the top, you’ll find hotline numbers and emergency numbers. Next you’ll find nonemergency hotline numbers. You’ll then move through names of specific counseling and mental health service providers, and links for large databases that identify other treatment options.
- Call 911 for medical or mental health emergencies
- 24-Hour Suicide Prevention Hotline
- Crisis Hotline for Youth, a resource for youth 17 and older
- Crisis Hotline for Youth and Families
- Teen Crisis Hotline, provided by Cascade Youth and Family Services
- Oregon Partnership Suicide Prevention LifeLine
- Clackamas County Behavioral Health Emergency Number
- Alcohol and Drug Helpline, a database for all rehab centers, Alcoholics Anonymous support groups and a chance for teens to talk with teens about substance abuse issues.
1-877-553-8336, 1-800-621-1646 and 1-800-923-4357
- Al-Anon (for friends and families of problem drinkers) and Alateen.
1-800-344-2666. Find Al-Anon / Alateen for the Portland area: http://www.al-anonportlandoregon.org/.
Alateen, for teenagers only, meets in Lake Oswego Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m.; Christ Episcopal Church, 1060 Chandler Road.
The statewide Alateen conference — organized and run by teens for teens — is scheduled for August 1-3, 2014, at the Molalla Retreat Center. For information, check with the website or metro office (above) or the folks at a local meeting. Cost will be $90; scholarships will be available.
- Drug and Alcohol Help: Oregon Prevention and Treatment Clearing House.
1-800-822-6772; or click here for a printable list of resources
- Narcotics Anonymous.
- Parent Helpline, a resource for stressed parents and source of location-based referrals.
- Oregon Partnership Know Someone With a Drug or Alcohol Problem help line.
- Oregon Partnership Teens Helping Teens Confidential YouthLine.
- West Linn Police Non-Emergency
- West Linn High School Resource Officer Blain McKean
503-673-7815 ext. 4951, or email@example.com
- West Linn Text-A-Tip to provide anonymous information about suspected illegal activity.
- Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office Non-Emergency Number
(Disclaimer: This list is not comprehensive and should be used as a referral service, not as an endorsement of particular service providers.)
- Clackamas County Behavioral Health, 24-hour crisis line and referral service.
- Northwest Behavioral Healthcare Services, an adolescent mental health and substance abuse residential program located in Gladstone, Ore.
- Center for Family and Adolescent Research, Portland-based outpatient treatment center or drug-abusing teens.
- Cascadia Behavioral Health, Portland-based provider of mental health and substance abuse counseling services.
- Lifeworks NW, a provider of mental health and substance abuse services with multiple Portland-area locations.
- HealthWorks NW, provides psychiatry, chemical dependency and pain management care.
- ChangePoint Inc., provides drug and alcohol treatment services in the Portlandarea.
- CODA Inc., drug and alcohol treatment services at multiple Portland-area locations.
- Western Psychological and Counseling Services, offers substance abuse and chemical dependency services at multiple Portland-area locations.
www.westernpsych.com, refer to web site for specific location contact information.
- Wright Counseling, West Linn-based provider of adolescent counseling services including drug and alcohol issues.
- National Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Center, a national database for rehabilitation and treatment options.
- Agape Center, a list of drug treatment centers and programs throughout Oregon.
Eating Disorder Treatment and Counseling Services
(Note: For many teens, eating disorders are linked to chemical and alcohol dependency issues.)
- A Better Way Counseling Center
- Kartini Clinic
- Alliance Counseling Center
- Bullies2buddies “The Golden Rule System”
Extensive website offers articles discussing bullying and tactics for both students and adults, http://bullies2buddies.com/
General Informational Websites on Drug and Alcohol Abuse
- The Oregon Partnership, statewide non-profit promoting healthy kids and communities through drug and alcohol awareness, drug prevention programs and 24-hour crisis lines for treatment and referrals. www.orpartnership.org
- NIDA for Teens
- Adolescent Substance Abuse Knowledge Base, sponsored by CRC Health Group.
- The Good Drugs Guide
- Street Drugs, a source of general information as well as descriptions of and pictures of illegal drugs and update on new trends and drugs hitting the streets.
This resource list is intended to guide parents and perhaps teens to sites that contain general and specific information about alcohol and drug abuse. We’re not saying these are the best sites or the only sites, just that these are some we found useful.
We realize that eating disorders and the fact of bullying (for both the bully and the bullied) connect to one’s wanting self-medication and “escape” through substance use or other means. Therefore we offer these resources we found useful, if only as a starting point.