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Departments & Services > Health > Substance Abuse and Mental Health

Substance Abuse and Mental Health

24/7 Hotlines

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - 1-800-273-8255

The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, and prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved one. For more information please visit their website.

Crisis Text Line - Text HELLO to 741741

Crisis Text Line is free, 24/7 support for those in crisis. Text 741741 from anywhere in the USA to text with a trained Crisis Counselor. For more information, please visit their website.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services National Helpline - 1-800-662-HELP (4357)

This is a free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service (in English and Spanish) for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders. For more information and for a list of their local treatment facilities please visit their website.

Disaster Distress Helpline - 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUS to 66746

This helpline provides crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters. For more information please visit their website.

Veterans Crisis Line - 1-800-273-8255 or text 838255

The Veterans Crisis Line 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. For more information, please visit their website.

What is Substance Abuse and Mental Health?

Substance abuse, or also known as drug abuse, is a patterned use of a drug (alcohol, tobacco, illegal drugs, prescription drugs, etc.) in which the user consumes the substance in amount or with methods which are harmful to themselves or others.

Mental health includes emotional, psychological, and social well-being which affects how we think, feel, and act. Includes health issues such as depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, etc. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood through adulthood.

Screening Tools - Get your check up from your neck up

Taking a mental health screening if one of the quickest and easiest ways to determine whether you are experiencing symptoms of a mental health condition. These screenings are quick, easy, completely anonymous, and will help you determine if your recent thoughts or behaviors may be associated with a common, treatable mental health issue. Please visit Southwest Regional Mental Health's website for more information on these screening tools and get your check up from your neck up.

Adolescent Depression - this screening should be taken if you are concerned about your teen's mood.

Alcohol Use Disorder - this screening should be taken if you are worried about your drinking habits.

Anxiety Disorder - this screening should be taken if you are constantly worried and/or anxious.

Bipolar Disorder - this screening should be taken if you are experiencing mood swings from very high to very low.

Depression - this screening should be taken if you are feeling sad, down, or empty.

Eating Disorder - this screening should be taken if you are afraid of gaining weight or concerned about your eating habits.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) - this screening should be taken if you are troubled by traumatic events.

Substance Use - this screening should be taken if you have difficulty controlling your substance use.

Resources 

Resources in Fairfield

Below are some resources in Fairfield. For more information and for a complete and comprehensive list of resources in Fairfield, please visit the Fairfield's Department of Human and Social Services webpage.

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Fairfield - established in 2000, this group has the following purposes:

     - To support families, friends & loved ones with brain disorders

     - To educate families of services & available treatment options

     - To eliminate the stigma of mental illness

     - To use language of acceptance and inclusion

     - To advocate for better services & treatment options, protect client rights, support research & enhance the public understanding of brain disorders

     - To cooperate with other groups having goals in common with NAMI

The C.A.R.E.S Group, Inc. - this group provides substance abuse education and host regular meetings in Trumbull. They support friends, family and those recovering with substance abuse problems.

LifeBridge/Fairfield Counseling - LifeBridge helps adults, youths, and families by providing the tools that strengthen their ability to cope, adapt, and overcome challenges. Their Fairfield facility is located at 125 Penfield Road, Fairfield, CT, their phone is: 203-255-5777 and office hours ate Monday and Wednesday 8am - 8pm, Tuesday and Thursday 8am - 9pm, and Friday 8am - 5pm.

Other Resources

The Southwest Regional Mental Health Board has a comprehensive list of mental health and substance abuse services in the Greater Bridgeport area which can be found here.  

Below are outpatient and treatment centers for those who would like to get help with any substance abuse or mental health issues. The staff will be able to determine what course of treatment and services the person qualifies for, what would work best, and address insurance-related issues for anyone who is evaluated at one of the below centers.

 Town/City Center
Bridgeport Connecticut Renaissance Outpatient
1 Lafayette Circle
Phone: 203-336-5225
Hours:  Monday - Friday 9am-5pm

RNP/Kinsella Treatment Center
1862 Commerce Drive
203-335-2173
Hours: Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm
            Saturdays - 6:30am - 10:30am
Norwalk Connecticut Renaissance Outpatient
4 Byington Place
Phone: 203-866-2541
Hours: Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm
Stamford Connecticut Renaissance Outpatient
141 Franklin Street
Phone: 203-325-4193
Hours: Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm
Stratford Recovery Network of Programs/Center for Human Services
2 Research Drive
Phone: 203-386-8802
Hours: Monday - Thursday 8:30am - 8:30pm
            Friday 8:30apm - 5pm

For more information and substance abuse and mental health resources please visit the Southwest Regional Mental Health Board website.

Programs 

Smoking Cessation

The Fairfield Health Department offers the American Cancer Society's 4-week FreshStart Smoking Cessation program. For more information, please contact Santina Jaronko at 203-256-3150 or sjaronko@fairfieldct.org.  

For free support in quitting, including free coaching, a free quit plan, free educational materials, and referrals to local resources, call the Connecticut QuitLine at 800-QUIT-NOW, 1-800-784-8669, or, 855-DÉJELO-YA, 1-855-335-3569 (en Español).

FREE research programs/treatment at Center for Nicotine & Tobacco Use Research at Yale. For more information please contact: (203) 974-7588 or century@yale.edu

Visit the CDC website for tips for quitting from former smokers

Fairfield CARES

Fairfield Cares Community Coalition, established in 2009, is a town-wide organization including parents, school representatives, local business leaders, law enforcement personnel, clergy, counseling professionals and youth services organizations.

Fairfield Cares is dedicated to preventing underage drinking and substance abuse in Fairfield, increasing awareness of the risks of various forms of addiction, promoting healthy choices and behaviors to increase personal wellness, and strengthening community well-being and resilience.

For more information or how you can get involved, please visit their website.