Check your benefits. Many companies pay for confidential counseling through an Employee Assistance Program. These are intended to help employees find treatment and resume their careers. Services are often available for family members.

Check professional groups. Confidential help is available in a variety of professional fields. Below are a few organizations in Pennsylvania that focus on specific industries:

  • Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers offers free help for lawyers, judges and their immediate family members, as well as law students. Reach the helpline at 1-888-999-1941.

  • Physicians’ Health Programs at the Foundation of the Pennsylvania Medical Society provides addiction help to Pennsylvania doctors and medical students, including a clinical assessment and long-term recovery plan. Reach the emergency line at (717) 558-7817.

  • Pennsylvania Nurse Peer Assistance Program provides help for nurses and nursing students. To get help, call 877-298-7627 ext. 1.

  • S.A.R.P.H. Pharmacy Peer Assistance Program provides assessments and referrals for pharmacists and pharmacy students in need of addiction treatment. To get help, call 1-800-892-4484.

Find local treatment. Statewide information on treatment locations is available from the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs. Concerned about insurance? Click here for information on benefits and what companies are required to provide.

Visit the Pittsburgh pages of and to find substance abuse treatment programs and support groups in the area.

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Alexandra Kanik was a web developer and designer for PublicSource between 2011 and 2015.