Further Help

Management of Urgent Situations or Crises

If you need emergency assistance and I am not available, call:

The Warm Line                                  866-359-7953

The IL Warm Line is a support line for persons with mental health and/or substance abuse challenges, their families, friends, and community members. Trained Recovery Support Specialists will give support to you while also helping families better understand the recovery process. It provides

  • Emotional Support
  • Recovery Education
  • Self-Advocacy Support
  • Referrals

Sometimes what is needed most in difficult times is someone to talk with who listens and understands.

Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
From the main menu Press 2, Press 5
TTY: 866-880-4459
Staff are skilled at conversing through a Video Relay Service
Interpreters available for hundreds of languages

Crisis Text Line      Text 741741
The Crisis Text Line is for anyone. Trained volunteers respond to messages via text to support people in crisis. The Crisis Text Line helps people move from a hot moment to a cool calm and guides you to create a plan to stay safe and healthy.
If you text in your personal life and you are experiencing a crisis, a Crisis Text Line Volunteer is here for you.     Anywhere. Anytime (24/7). Anonymously.

National Suicide Prevention Helpline       800-273-8255

24-hour, toll-free, confidential suicide prevention hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. Your call is routed to the nearest crisis center in the national network of more than 150 crisis centers.

Opioid use disorder in Illinois call 1-833-2FINDHELP.

The helpline will provide a confidential outlet for individuals experiencing opioid use disorders, their families and anyone affected by the disease 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Helpline specialists are trained in evidence-based approaches to help connect callers with treatment and recovery-support services.

SAMHSA’s (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) National Helpline   

1-800-662-HELP (4357);  TTY: 1-800-487-4889

Also known as, the Treatment Referral Routing Service, this Helpline provides 24-hour free and confidential treatment referral and information about mental and/or substance use disorders, prevention, and recovery in English and Spanish.

Disaster Distress Helpline             1-800-985-5990

Stress, anxiety, and other depression-like symptoms are common reactions after any natural or human-caused disaster. Call this toll-free number to be connected to the nearest crisis center for information, support, and counseling.

Veteran’s Crisis Line                        1-800-273-TALK (8255);  TTY: 1-800-799-4889

Connects veterans in crisis (and their families and friends) with qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs responders through a confidential, toll-free hotline, online chat, or text.

Opiate support group podcast

Listen in on group therapy of people recovering from opiate abuse and Heroin.

Suggested Reading

Why Marriages Succeed or Fail: and How You Can Make Yours Last
Gottman, John
Simon & Schuster; 1995

The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work: A Practical Guide
From the Country’s Foremost Relationship Expert
Gottman, John; Silver, Nan
Three Rivers Press; 2000

Ten Lessons to Transform Your Marriage: America’s Love Lab
Experts Share Their Strategies for Strengthening Your Relations
Gottman, John; Schwartz Gottman, Julie; Declaire, Joan
Three Rivers Press; 2007

Getting the Love You Want
Hendrix, Harville, Ph.D.
St. Martin’s Griffin; 2007

Mom’s House, Dad’s House – How Parents Can Make Two Homes
for their Children After Divorce
Ricci, Isolina, Ph.D.
Fireside; 1997

Too Good to Leave, Too Bad to Stay – A Step-by-Step Guide
to Help Decide Whether to Stay In or Get Out of Your Relationship
Kirshenbaum, Mira
Plume; 1997

When Good People Have Affairs – Inside the Hearts & Minds
of People in Two Relationships
Kirshenbaum, Mira
St. Martin’s Griffin; 2009

In the Shadow of the Net – Breaking Free of Compulsive Online Sexual Behavior
Carnes, Patrick, Ph.D.; Delmonico, David L., Ph.D.; Griffin, Elizabeth, M.A.
Hazelden Publishing; 2 edition, 2007

The Sex-Starved Marriage – Boosting Your Marriage Libido
Weiner Davis, Michele
Simon & Schuster; 2003

Seven Weeks to Better Sex – How to Dramatically Improve
Your Sex Life With a Step-by-Step Program You Can Follow at Home
Renshaw, Domeena, MD
Westcom Press; 2003

Hold Me Tight – Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love
Johnson, Sue, MD
Little, Brown and Company; 2008

After the Affair
Abrahms Spring, Janis, Ph.D.; Spring, Michael
Harper Paperbacks; 1997

How Can I Forgive You? – The Courage to Forgive, the Freedom Not To
Abrahms Spring, Janis, Ph.D.; Spring, Michael
Harper Paperbacks; 2005

The Feeling Good Handbook
Burns, David D., MD
Plume; 1999

Attached: The New Science of Adult Attachment and How It Can Help You Find and Keep Love
Levine, Amir
Tarcher; 2010