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If you are struggling with an addiction to drugs or alcohol, you are not alone and you can recover! There are many free resources available that can help you to break free from addiction, stay clean, rebuild relationships with your loved ones, and become a more productive student or employee.

Group meetings with organizations such as Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, and SMART Recovery have been crucial support networks for thousands of individuals who are seeking to end their drug use and improve the quality of their lives. Ashtabula County also has several nonprofit organizations that offer free food pantries and assistance with rent, utilities, and child care.

If you think you have a problem with drugs or alcohol, please contact Lake Area Recovery Center. We can help you get on the road to recovery with addiction counseling, residential treatment centers, and intensive outpatient programs.

Ashtabula Area Intergroup Office (AAIGO) - Alcoholics Anonymous

For many people, the Ashtabula Area Intergroup Office is their first contact with Alcoholics Anonymous. Individuals with Alcohol Use Disorder can learn what they can do to get sober and improve their lives. Out-of-town visitors can call to look for a meeting and members can call to ask about AA activities. Telephone volunteers from member groups monitor the 24-hour hotline.

Narcotics Anonymous

Narcotics Anonymous is a global, community-based nonprofit organization with membership for men and women recovering from addiction problems. NA members hold nearly 76,000 meetings weekly in 143 countries. The only requirement for NA membership is the desire to stop using and maintain complete abstinence from all drugs.

SMART Recovery

SMART Recovery is a non-profit organization for individuals with substance use disorders and other addictive problems. Their free mutual support meetings focus on ideas and techniques to help individuals achieve abstinence and live a life that is constructive and satisfying.


Ohio Governor Mike DeWine commissioned the RecoveryOhio initiative to coordinate the work of state departments, boards, and commissions by leveraging Ohio’s existing resources and seeking new opportunities. RecoveryOhio’s goals are to create a system to help make substance use disorder treatment available to Ohioans in need, provide support services for those in recovery and their families, offer direction for the state’s prevention and education efforts, and work with local law enforcement to provide resources to fight illicit drugs at the source.

  • Crisis Text Line: Text “4hope” to 741741 to privately and securely communicate with a trained mental health professional. The Crisis Text Line is a free, confidential service available 24/7 via text on mobile devices throughout Ohio.

Maternal Opiate Medical Support (MOMS)

Finding out you are pregnant can be overwhelming and scary for mothers with Opioid Use Disorder. MOMS can connect you to the resources and professionals you need to have a healthy baby.

Ohio Recovery Housing

Ohio Recovery Housing (ORH) is an organization dedicated to the development and operation of quality alcohol and drug-free living in a community of recovery for people with substance use disorders.

Make the Connection

Make the Connection is a campaign that was launched by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in 2011. The goal of the campaign is to connect Veterans and their families with the experiences of other Veterans and provide resources to help them confront the challenges of transitioning from service, face physical and mental health issues, or navigate the complexities of daily life as a civilian.

Ashtabula County Mental Health and Recovery Services Board

The Ashtabula County Mental Health and Recovery Services Board is a county behavioral health board composed of expert professionals, dedicated volunteers, and concerned community leaders. They are committed to bringing Ashtabula County residents high-quality, evidence-based treatment for mental health and substance use disorders as well as prevention services.

  • Substance Use Disorder Crisis Helpline and Suicide Prevention Crisis Hopeline 24/7: (800) 577-7849
  • Children Services Hotline 24/7: (888) 998-1811
  • Homesafe Domestic Violence Hotline: (800) 952-2873
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline: (800) 799-7233
  • Clients Rights and Advocacy: (440) 992-3121
  • Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration National Helpline: (800) 662-HELP (4357)
  • Emergency Information for Meeting Basic Needs: Dial 211

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

If you are thinking about suicide, call 1-800-273-8255 for immediate help. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress.

Ashtabula County Free Food Pantries

See a list of food banks and free food pantries designed to help families that are facing hunger. The pantries are mostly located at churches and nonprofits in the region. Most of the free food pantry locations may have an application process, which usually requires proof of income and proof of residency. Using donations from the community and relying on volunteers, the locations may pass out free boxes of food or serve a meal.

Ashtabula Dream Center

The Ashtabula Dream Center opened in 2001 as a nonprofit organization to provide basic needs and a safe environment to marginalized individuals of Ashtabula, which includes a free food pantry and a clothing closet.

Spiderweb, Inc.

Spiderweb, Inc. offers free clothing, shoes, and other necessities to those in need living in Ashtabula County. Spiderweb aspires to provide a safe and welcoming setting for families to seek help and receive respect, acceptance, and dignity, as well as to be a strong voice of leadership and advocacy for the needs of the youth in Southern Ashtabula County.

Catholic Charities of Ashtabula County

Catholic Charities of Ashtabula County provides assistance with rent, utilities, food, prescriptions, diapers/formula, and other basic needs for struggling families. Submit an online application for assistance and a Family Services Caseworker will contact you to discuss your needs.