These resources are provided as educational and informational referrals only. No endorsements, guarantees or warranties of these organizations, agencies or individuals are implied. It is up to you to advocate for yourself, ask appropriate questions and make an informed decision before you engage in any services or activities.
If you are in immediate crisis, please call 911 or go to your nearest hospital emergency room.
Mental Health Resources and Information
Mental Health America
National Institute of Mental Health
National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI)
Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
The Balanced Mind – formerly the Children and Adolescent Bipolar Foundation.
Children and Adults with Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD)
Attention Deficit Disorder Association
International Tourette Syndrome Association
Tourette Syndrome "Plus"
International Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Foundation
Suicidal.com (for hope when feeling severely depressed or thinking about suicide)
National Eating Disorders Association
National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders
Eating Disorders Coalition
The Elisa Project (Dallas)
Understanding Nutrition (Dallas)
Trauma / PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)
National Center for PTSD
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) Institute, Inc.
Trauma Support Services of North Texas
Sexual Assault, Family Violence and Domestic Violence
The Family Place in Dallas provides free counseling and support services for adolescent and adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse
Parkland's Victim Intervention Center provides confidential support services for people who have experienced family violence, intimate partner violence or sexual assault, either recently or in the past.
Provides a broad range of support services for victims of family violence.
Genesis Women's Shelter
Provides many services including shelter, counseling and emergency services.
12 Step Support
12 Step meetings are an integral part of your recovery process from addictions to alcohol and other drugs, as well as certain unhealthy behaviors. There are many different kinds of 12 Step groups available to you in the DFW area and around the world. You do not have to do this alone – let others who have been there provide group support and encouragement. You do not have to believe in God to participate. The most well known groups are AA and NA, but there are also support groups for your specific drug of choice or compulsive behavior.
Methamphetamine - Crystal Meth Anonymous
SLAA (Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous)
CODA (Co-Dependents Anonymous)
Eating Disorders Anonymous
12th Step Ministry
This organization in Dallas provides many varieties of free 12 Step meetings every day. Also low cost counseling and yoga classes. Visit their web site to view a current schedule:
This group provides Christian-centered 12 step groups, usually held in local churches. They are often held in more rural areas where other group meetings are limited. They often provide extended fellowship opportunities (coffees, dinners, break out groups).
Sober 24 - Online Recovery Meetings
An online fellowship for those in recovery from addictions and compulsive behaviors. Managed by the Hazelden Foundation.
Family and Child Support
This is a 12 Step group for family or loved ones of alcoholics. A helpful support. Some groups also offer Alateen for young people struggling with a loved one's addiction.
In Dallas: dallasal-anon.org
In Fort Worth: www.texas-al-anon.org/ftworth
Other areas: www.al-anon.org
Betty Ford Five Star Kids
This is an excellent educational and support program lasting 3 days for children ages 7 – 12 who have a family member struggling with substance abuse. In Texas, it is held at the Betty Ford offices in Irving approximately once a month. There is a fee, but they never turn anyone away for inability to pay, so enquire about scholarships if needed.
Alternative Recovery Support (non 12 Step)
This is an alternative recovery support group that is NOT 12 Step based. Meetings in the DFW area are currently being held in Richardson.
Women for Sobriety
This is a self-help program for women with addiction problems. The Steps have been reworded into Thirteen Statements that apply directly to women and their gender-specific issues. They have many online resources.
Inpatient Substance Abuse Treatment
There are many inpatient treatment facilities around the country to choose from, with a range of treatment options and pricing. There are resources available to help locate a residential facility that is right for you or your loved one.
SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration), division of the US Dept. of Health and Human Services provides a variety of treatment locators:
NIDA (National Institute of Drug Abuse), a division of the National Institutes of Health provides good information for those looking for treatment. They provide a helpful, free online manual that suggests questions to ask and explains different options in treatment.
Facilities that you may want to know about in the Dallas area
Nexus Recovery Center
Provides detox, inpatient and outpatient services for women (teens, adults, pregnant women and women with children). They accept insurance, private pay and take Medicaid and Northstar funding. Some funds available for indigent women.
Provides non-medical residential detox services for women. All services are free.
In other states:
Based in Minnesota, Hazelden has several residential treatment centers around the country serving youth and adults and also professionals.
The Betty Ford Center
Based in Rancho Mirage, California, Betty Ford has inpatient and family programs.
Stress Reduction and Relaxation
The Meditation Society of Australia
This web site has many free meditation resources, including downloads of meditation exercises and online courses.
Practicing Good Self Care
Total wellness is an important consideration to a healthy lifestyle. Staying health is multifaceted and includes appropriate nutrition, exercise, stress management, along with medical and mental health care. Listed below are some resources in the Dallas area that you may want to know about.