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If you or someone you care about is struggling with heroin or prescription painkillers, help is available.

In the greater St. Louis area, the National Council on Alcoholism & Drug Abuse (NCADA) - St. Louis Area can perform an assessment, assist with referrals or simply provide information and answers you might need.

We encourage you to contact NCADA in either of the following ways:

  Speak with an NCADA counselor by phone...

Call 314.962.3456 and ask to speak with a counselor.


Submit your Question via Email...

You may also contact NCADA confidentially through the Ask A Counselor Service (click here to access). An NCADA counselor will generally be able to respond to your questions within 24 hours during the week, usually much sooner, depending on when the question is received. No tracking of email addresses or record-keeping, other than number and type of calls, will be kept.

There is no charge for either of these services. Counselors are available Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm.


There is also much more information available on treatment and self-help options on NCADA’s website. Please click here to learn more.


If you are outside the greater St. Louis area, click here to find help near you.


It isn't easy, but there is hope.

There is no doubt that the powerful grip of heroin is extremely hard to break. Those wishing to quit must often go through treatment multiple times. But it is also important to remember that it IS possible to successfully overcome a heroin or prescription drug addiction. We wanted to share these stories of success and recovery to let you know it can be done.



In January 2009, our daughter came to NCADA. She had hooked up with a boyfriend at college who got her started on Ecstasy. Then, she developed health issues and became dependent on anti-anxiety medication. She dropped out of college and came home, where she began running with a new set of friends who introduced her to heroin. Her heroin use rapidly escalated from sporadic to daily to multiple times a day.

After three failed attempts at different rehab facilities and one frightening trip to the ER following an overdose, she made an appointment to meet with Bobette, an NCADA counselor, for an assessment of her drug use, a referral and possibly her last chance... (read more)


My name is Mike Morrison and I am a recovering heroin addict. If you look at my early life - a "good kid" growing up in a loving family in Kirkwood - you might consider me an unlikely candidate as a drug addict. But the truth is I was socially anxious, fearful, and insecure much of the time. That is until I discovered drugs and alcohol.

From the age of 15, I used drugs and drank excessively, and by age 23, heroin had become my drug of choice. In order to get the drug, I was willing to lie, steal, cheat and sell drugs. I became a person I would never have ever thought I could become. My tearful parents informed me that they knew I was killing myself and that my addiction was killing them too. They told me that I was essentially no longer a part of the family. Three months later, I started looking for help... (read more)