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Caregivers Resources: Mental Health & Addiction

Crisis Services

 24/7 Crisis Services ( - Available in Dutchess County. Free and confidential. HELPLINE mental health professionals are available to listen any time, day or night, even on holidays and help people dealing with: Emotional Distress -- Anxiety -- Depression -- Family Issues -- Addiction -- Navigating the Mental Health System and Finding Services Needed. They offer: Immediate Crisis Response -- Emergency Mental Health Counseling by Phone or Text -- Help Understanding Mental Health Services and Programs in Dutchess County. 

CALL the HELPLINE - 9-8-8

CALL or TEXT - 1-845-485-9700

CALL Toll free - 1-877-485-9700

    WALK IN @The Stabilization Center 230 North Road Poughkeepsie, NY - 1-845-486-2849

Suicide & Crisis Lifeline ( - Read more about the 988 Lifeline from the Federal Communications Commission (




211 (.org) - Dial 2-1-1 on your telephone or use the website.

    Resources for:

  • Basic human needs, food, clothing, shelter
  • Work support
  • Access to Services for non English language 
  • Support for older persons with disabilities
  • Children, youth, family support
  • Suicide Prevention

Help Is Here: Resource Directory produced by the Council on Addiction Prevention and Education (CAPE) of Dutchess County ( - 

Find resources for Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster and Westchester Counties.


Mental Health Resources

National Alliance on Mental Illness - Mid-Hudson ( - local affiliate serving the people of Dutchess and Ulster Counties in New York with an office located in Poughkeepsie NY. Dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with mental illneess and their families through support, education, and advocacy.


Advocate at the county, state, and national levels for non-discriminatory access to quality healthcare, housing, education and employment for people with mental illness.

  • Educate the public about mental illnesses.
  • Work to eliminate the stigma of mental illness.
  • Advocate for increased funding for research into the cuases and treatment of mental illness.

Mental Health Issues Facing the Black Community - Sunshine Behavioral Health (.com) - Information about: Treatments, types of Addictions, Black Mental Health Resources and culturally competent providers.

National Depression Hotline (.org) - a nationwide resource for people struggling with depression or a mental health crisis. Reliable and free resources are available to help oneself or a loved one 24/7.


Books - Mental Health

Wellness Resources

Creating A Healthier Life: A Step-by-Step Guide to Wellness: 8 Dimensions of Wellness Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s ( - (.pdf)


Institute for Disaster Mental Health (IDMH), The State University of New York at New Paltz ( - Curated Tip Sheets from organizations such as:

  • The American Psychological Association
  • The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
  • The American Counseling Association
  • and many other reputable sources. 

Click on the article titles to download each document, and make sure to check out the organization's websites for the most up-to-date information.

Best Mood Tracker Apps of 2023 ( - Review compiled by


Center for Environmental Therapeutics ( - Environmental therapeutics harness neglected properties of light, dark and air to meet the challenges of mental and physical health in contemporary life. 

Therapeutic applications include: 

  • seasonal affective disorder
  • non-seasonal depression
  • bipolar disorder (mania/hypomania)
  • mood changes during pregnancy
  • shift work disruption
  • sleep regulation and optimization
  • COVID isolation fatigue/stress
  • circadian rhythm adjustment

Free Meditation Apps Worthy of Your Attention (


5 Completely Free Meditation Apps to Help Center Your Mind (


15 Absolutely Free Meditation Apps That Are Like an Exhale for Your Brain (

Calm App - Calm is a mental fitness app designed to help you build the strength to face life's ups and downs. 

Focus on: Better sleep ; Improve performance ; Build self-esteem ; Reduce anxiety ; Reduce stress ; Increase happiness ; Develop gratitude.


Mindfulness, Meditation & Relaxation Resources

Mindfulness & Meditation - 


Mindfulness Resources For Mental Health: A Toolbox For Student Wellness and Well-Being ( - Provides an in-depth overview for those who are just getting started, and addresses the specific role that reading, writing, and study play in the mindful approach to learning and education.

Contents are organized into topics, each with a curated list of resources, including their own summaries, additional helpful links for further study and key terms.

Mindful: Healthy Mind, Healthy Life ( - Website for anyone looking to learn about or increase their mindfulness practice through personal stories, news, advice, & insights about the practice of mindfulness.

Headspace App - Free app to download from Apple or Google that teaches the essentials of meditation and mindfulness.

UCLA Mindful App - Grounded in Science, this free app offers:

  • Basic Meditations for getting started, in both English and Spanish.
  • Wellness Meditations for people suffering from challenging health conditions.
  • Informative videos exploring how to get started, supportive meditation postures, and the science of mindfulness.
  • ...

flag, red icon Click on the link below to view titles available in the Mid-Hudson Library System. 

Meditation by Marcus Aurelius

What is Stoicism? A Definition and 9 Stoic Exercises To Get You Started. - Daily Stoic: Ancient Wisdom for Everyday Life ( 

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Stoic Mental Health Training Resources -

  • Modern Stoicism (.com)
    • Read About Modern Stoicism, Courses, Events, Articles like "5 Steps to a More Tranquil Life" by João Caldas. (Sat. June 13, 2020) and, Research.
  • Stoicism - Philosophy As A Way of Life ( - The Substack Newsletter of Donald J. Robertson, author of Stoicism and the Art of Happiness, How to Think Like a Roman Emperor, and Verissimus: The Stoic Philosophy of Marcus Aurelius.

Mindfulness Guided Meditation (5:19min)

Guided Meditation - Self (9:18mins)

Relaxation Techniques - 

Progressive Muscle Relaxation Script (.pdf) - Exercise that reduces stress & anxiety in your body by having you slowly tense and then relax each muscle.

Tai Chi with Helen Liang (15:17mins)

Simple Qigong Exercise for Anxiety with Jeffrey Chand -similar to Tai Chi (2mins)

Calming Yoga for Stress Relief and Anxiety (15min)

Guided Visualization Exercise -  How to Perform Visualization Correctly (11min)

headphones are recommended.

Rehabilitation Centers

Find The Best Drug & Alcohol Rehab Center Near You ( - Helping to break down the barriers and stigmas that surround substance abuse with free, accurate, and valuable information provides up-to-date, accurate, and evidence-based information related to:

  • addiction,
  • substance abuse,
  • mental health, and
  • treatment.

Topics are selected based on research, which types of addiction individuals across the nation may be facing, and which types of treatment may be most helpful and effective.

  • How We Choose The Best Rehab Centers - No facility can submit themselves or pay to be on a list. Through strict criteria during examination (click on the link above to) view how facilities are chosen for the Top 10 lists.

Detox Rehabs (.net) - Provides expert information for individuals and families struggling to find recovery by vetting and researching rehab centers. Find: the top five centers in your home state or out of state, help for veterans, LGBTQ+ friendly programs, free of Medicaid accepting treatment, and pet-friendly facilities.

Educate yourself during your recovery journey with free guides that answer questions such as:

  • Can marijuana treat postnatal depression?
  • Telltale symptoms of children using drugs
  • How to identify the early signs of mental health issues

New York Free Rehab Centers (.net) - Information about free, and cost-reduced detox, alcohol, and drug rehab centers in New York. This resource can be helpful for those with no insurance, low-income families, people without housing, among others. 

Many of us know someone that's suffering from a mental health ailment, co-occurring disorder or addiction. To make things worse COVID continues and more people have turned to alcohol to cope with the unprecedented uncertainty and stress. With an increase in alcohol related deaths on the road, the largest jump since 2007 according to Mother's Against Drunk Driving (MADD), Granite Recovery Centers operating the Green Mountain Treatment Center (.com) offer the following resources: 

Here are a few other related resources:

Addiction and Mental Health Resources for Veterans ( - Dial 1-866-928-6339 to access a nationwide resource for finding substance use treatment, recovery, and mental health services for Veterans. Free and confidential helpline services with trained specialists available to help find the best options for treatment.


Live Another Day (.org) - Provides extensive information on curated non-biased lists of accredited mental health and substance use treatment providers and resources. View curated non-biased lists of accredited mental health and substance use treatment providers and resources for the BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) communities. Guides include: 

  • Asian American
  • Black People / Black College Students
  • Hispanic / Latinx People
  • Native & Indigenous Peoples
  • For QTBIPOC 

Detox Local (.com) - Provides an extensive list of mental health and substance use resources specifically for the AAPI (American Asian and Pacific Islander) communities. 

Rehab Spot (.com) - Rehab Spot's primary goal is to provide anyone affected by drug or alcohol addiction with an informational toolkit while on their journey to achieve recovery. Through easily accessible and reliable information, Rehab Spot would like to help those battling substance abuse and co-occurring disorders find the resources they need to begin a healthy and sober life.

Find resources about hard to recognize topics like Alcohol Withdrawal and the benefits of inpatient vs. outpatient rehab.  

Alcohol Rehab Guide (.org) - Alcohol Rehab Guide is not a treatment center, it is a public web guide sharing information on alcohol, addiction, and recovery. Read about the important warning signs that can often signal alcohol dependence and additional clinically reviewed articles about addiction and recovery.

The Loneliness Epidemic is Fueling Mental Illness & Substance Abuse: Resources To Support Wellness ( - Transforming Roots Unto Eternity (T.R.U.E.) Addiction and Behavioral Health, a mental health and substance abuse treatment provider working out of Tennessee, has created a guide that breaks the silence on the loneliness epidemic. With this guide they consider the disconnect, the causes, and how to treat this surge in solitude. Includes substance abuse and mental health resources.

Animal-Assisted Therapies & Pet Friendly Rehabs Near Me ( -

  • What Are the Types of Animal-Assisted Therapy?
  • Can I Bring My Pet to Rehab?

Best Rehabs That Are Pet-Friendly (

Pet-Friendly Drug and Alcohol Rehab Centers Near Me (

7+ Tips on How to Find a Job After Rehab ( - Creating a healthy routine after rehab may help you maintain sobriety. This might include regular attendance to support programs, spending time with a social group where you partake in healthy activities, or finding a job. Keep in mind that the job you accept should work around your efforts towards recovery.

Addiction Peer Recovery & Support Groups


Your Recovery is Important: Virtual Recovery Resources ( - Tip sheet describing resources that can be used to virtually support recovery from mental/substance use disorders created by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.


American Addiction Centers (.org) - COVID-19 & Addiction: Risks of Going Untreated


Free Virtual Support Meetings ( - offered during this  time using GoToMeetings virtual platform.

  • Narcotics Anonymous Style Meetings
  • Alcoholic Anonymous Style Meetings


Centric Behavioral Health ( - This guide features dozens of substance abuse and mental illness support resources for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) who identify as LGBTQ+.


Prevail Recovery Center ( - Mental health and substance use resources for Black LGBTQ+ people.

Nar-Anon Chat (.com) - This website is intended to bring together family members and friends of addicts and give them a place to communicate and learn from the each other.

If you are a newcomer and are looking for information or just to talk to someone, please continue to check out the website.

Partnership To End Addiction ( - Partnership to End Addiction is a result of the cohesive joining of two pioneering and preeminent addiction-focused organizations — Center on Addiction and, Partnership for Drug-Free Kids.

Online Support Meetings

Filter meetings:

  • Parent support - general
  • Parent support - grief


Young People in Recovery (YPR) ( - YPR envisions a world where all young people have the resources they need to thrive in recovery from addiction to drugs and alcohol. 

YPR’s mission is to provide the life skills and peer supports to help people recover from substance use disorder and reach their full potential.

StayHonest (.org) provides resources intended to help cannabis users make informed decisions about its holistic value, both risks and benefits.

  • Cannabis Substance Abuse Among Homeless and Runaway Youths
  • A Comprehensive Guide for Parents Talking to Their Teenagers About Cannabis
  • The Ultimate Guide to Helping Those in Need of Addiction Recovery from Cannabis and Other Substances
  • Substance Abuse and Cannabis Usage: Supporting and Affirming the LGBTQ Community and Youth
  • and more...


Connections App - A free Smartphone App (backed by years of research) to help support individuals in recovery from substance use disorder.

With the app you can...

  • Track your sobriety,
  • Access e-therapy to learn new recovery skills, 
  • Connect with trained counselors and peers through messaging, 
  • Clinical support available 7 days/wk, 9am -10 pm EST
  • Track your treatment plan and set reminders, 
  • Journal daily about your journey, 
  • And discover helpful videos, testimonials and more through the unique resource library.

Alcohol Addiction Resources


Alcoholics Anonymous ( - Virtual meeting guide.


Al-Anon Electronic Meetings ( - Electronic meetings, like all Al‑Anon meetings, offer help and hope to anyone who is affected by alcoholism in a family member or friend.

SMART Recovery - Self-Management and Recovery Training ( - SMART Recovery Family & Friends is a science-based, secular alternative to Al-Anon and Johnson Intervention. 


** SROL officially ended on June 30, 2023, but there are over 500 online SMART Recovery meetings available on SMARTfinder waiting to provide support and connection.

Alcohol Help (.com) - Free and confidential HOTLINE, available 24/7. Call 1-888-708-1026 or visit the website to enter your phone number and Get a Call and find resources under the following tabs: Alcohol ; Treatment ; Recovery ; Family.

Risky Driving & Gambling Addiction Resources

Risky Driving - National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (


Mid-Hudson Problem Gambling Resource Center (PGRC) ( - Resources for those adversely affected by problem gambling, their families and communities. With a focus on supporting the individual and reducing barriers to care, Mid-Hudson PGRC can also assist with payment of treatment if needed.


Mid-Hudson PGRC - Call NOW for Help to stop gambling
Hawthorne, NY 10532
(914) 215-6440


New York Council on Problem Gambling
100 Great Oaks Blvd., Suite 104
Albany, NY 12203
(518) 867-4084

Opioid Addiction Resources


Opioids and Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) ( - Select information listed under Basics; Learn More; See, Play and Learn; Research; Resources; For You as well as under Medical Encyclopedia; Related Health Topics; National Institutes of Health; Other Languages and; NIH MedlinePlus Magazine. 

MedlinePlus links to health information from the National Institutes of Health (nih) and other federal government agencies. MedlinePlus also links to health information from non-government Web sites. Read their disclaimer about external links and quality guidelines.

Opioid Addiction Treatment Guide - Addiction Experts (.com) 

Books - Addiction Resources

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Addiction - (Results narrowed down by Literary Form: Non-Fiction)