Where can I get help for substance use?

If you are concerned about your substance use, here are a range of free support groups and services that will be able to assist you. Never be afraid or ashamed to reach out for assistance, you’ll be surprised how much goodwill there is to help.

Harm Reduction

  • Engage Men’s Health/ Mainline Harm Reduction Counsellor
    If you are worried about your drug use and wish to talk to a peer harm reduction counsellor (someone who understands what you may be experiencing), call/message Engage Men’s Health on WhatsApp or Telegram on 082 607 1686. We can arrange a free and anonymous session for you (subject to availability).
    For harm reduction tips to help make your use less risky, click here.

Addiction / Substance Use Support

  • Alcoholics Anonymous
    Alcoholics Anonymous is an international fellowship of men and women who have had a drinking problem. Membership is open to anyone who wants to do something about his or her drinking problem.
    South African National helpline: 0861 HELPAA (435 722)
    Visit www.aasouthafrica.org.za for contact numbers and “meeting rooms” locally


  • Cocaine Anonymous South Africa
    Cocaine Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others recover from their addiction.
    CA Helpline: 063 268 8794


  • Narcotics Anonymous
    Narcotics Anonymous is a free, non-profit fellowship of people for whom drugs have become a major problem. NA’s program is open to addicts of all ages, nationalities, cultures, creed, gender identity, and religions. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop using.
    011 509 0031 / 083 900 6962


  • Al-Anon Family Groups
    Al-Anon Family Groups is for the families and friends of problem drinkers, with a special section – Alateen – for children of alchoholics, and a group for adult children of alcoholics.
    0861 252 666


  • Nar-Anon Family Groups
    The Nar-Anon Family Groups is primarily for those who know or have known a feeling of desperation concerning the addiction problem of someone very near to them.


  • SANCA Helplines (National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence)
    Sanca provides specialised and affordable prevention and treatment services for alcohol and other drug dependence.
    Sanca – Johannesburg: Phone: 011 892 3829 or 076 535 1701
    sancanational@telkomsa.net 08611 REHAB (73422) or (011) 673-0400


  • Sex & Love Addiction
    For general information please contact either of the following:
    – Male contact number: 082 565 6212
    – Female contact number: 081 437 5798
    For meeting information in Gauteng please contact:
    – JHB Male contact number: 064 386 5831
    – JHB Female contact number: 076 275 0478
    Alternatively, email info@slaasa.co.za to reach out and get in touch




  • Department of Social Development Substance Abuse Line 24hr helpline
    0800 12 13 14
    SMS 32312 or leave a message on the live chat form to contact a counsellor.

Mental health and suicide support

  • SADAG (The South African Depression and Anxiety Group)
    SADAG is Africa’s largest mental health support and advocacy group.
    24hour Substance Abuse Helpline 0800 12 13 14
    SMS 32312 or leave a message on the live chat form to contact a counsellor.For counselling queries e-mail: zane@sadag.org
    To contact a counsellor between 8am-8pm Monday to Sunday
    Call: 011 234 4837 / Fax number: 011 234 8182For suicide support/emergency contact: 0800 567 56724hr Mental Health Helpline: 0800 456 789


  • Life Line
    LifeLine provides free counselling and connects with people, giving them the tools they need to better handle stress and improve their emotional health.
    Call their toll free line 24hrs/7days per week for more information and counselling:


  • Gender-based Violence Line
    The 24-hour hotline offers counselling for those who have been physically, emotionally, sexually or financially abused. You can also visit your nearest Lifeline centre.
    (0800) 012 322

LGBTQ+ support

  • OUT LGBT Well-Being
    Face-to-face counselling sessions are based on an appointment system in Pretoria. To make an appointment please contact 012 430 3272. Sessions are conducted at the OUT offices, 1310 Stanza Bopape Street, Colbyn.
    Telephonic or video counselling is offered by OUT. To make an appointment please call 012 430 3272.


  • Gay and Lesbian Network Helpline
    SMS “HELP” to 079 891 3036 and someone will call you back.


• For advice on harm reduction (tips to make chemsex / substance use safer) click here.
• For more info about common chemsex drugs and their effects click here.