Reposting of disclaimer, guidelines and support numbers.

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1) Disclaimer.

This is a forum dedicated to serious and distressing problems. It's a place to share ideas and concerns with others that have been there or are there now. The opinions expressed should not be mistaken as professional advice, nor can this take its place. In no way does Bluelight or those posting here guarantee that any advice given here is necessarily safe, credible or that the outcome will be desirable. If you do have medical or psychological concerns about yourself or a 'friend,' the best course of action is to consult a professional source. Bluelight is also not affiliated with any links provided nor does bluelight necessarily condone any of their practices. These links are provided as a starting point to begin looking for information.

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2) Guidelines

This forum was created to address the need for drug related psychological and emotional help. Whether you raise questions about yourself or someone you are concerned about, the goal of this forum is to offer a tolerant, respectful discussion to help people assess a dependency on drugs, learn to deal with the reality of intense psychological or emotional situations, and seek professional help when required. While any drug use is harmful to you mentally and physically, we want to help before a crisis is reached, to help users practice moderation and to have resources available for those who know they or someone they love is heading in the wrong direction.

Though this site is not professional, nor does it tackle every problem, there is a wealth of information available to you. Please start by utilizing the FAQ section, as well as internet searches to aid you in handling the issues you are dealing with. Feel free to post for discussions, but first try and see if this has been addressed already. This will undoubtedly save time and resources.

Keep in mind the moderators and administrators have jobs, school and a life of their own. This is a volunteer board and you may not have answers immediately. If you find yourself in a crisis situation, please use one of the emergency help lines. (To be updated) Questions about drug interactions or physiological effects from drug usage should be directed to the Medical Q&A forum. The discussions are for active communication and support for those who seek the council of others who have experienced similar situations and come to terms with it. If you are uncomfortable using your registered bluelight name, please post under an unregistered name or email one of the moderators to post on your behalf.

Remember, keep discussions respectful and be honest about everything.

3) Tips for writing a good post:

A) Title the post with a clear indicator of your topic. ex.. "Anxiety increased from Meth use, what should I do?"

B) Do NOT use the names of anyone else (bluelight name, or real name) as that person may not want this aspect of their life shared as common knowledge.

C) List the types of drugs used as well as length of usage (ie, I've
been rolling once a month for 3 years, smoking weed 4 or 5 times a week for 8 years, and started shooting heroin once a week for the last 2 months).

D) Explain your environment. Do you live with parents or partner, what
is your age, what do you do most days (work/school/relax), why do you feel this is an issue, what do you think caused it, where do you see it going? The more information you provide, the better we can respond with useful and applicable information.

We also encourage people to return from counseling or re-hab and share with us their experiences. These can be used to give others an idea of what to expect from the service you used for your help, as well as how it effected you. We would like to use these to strengthen our listing of services by indicating methods of counseling, types of addictions dealt with, cost (if any), legal ramifications of coming forward (if any), etc. If you know of any phone numbers or services not listed in our FAQ, please email them to one of the moderators for addition into our listings. Stick to sharing resources that are available to the majority of people, as posting about the Betty Ford clinic is a bit beyond the physical and monetary means of most people.

4) FAQ - Links and #'s Area Specific

Emergency Numbers (Region Specific)

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United States:
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Emergency Services - 911
Poison Control
Alabama 1-800-462-0800
Arizona 1-800-362-0101
California 1-800-876-4766
Colorado 1-800-332-3073
Connecticut 1-800-343-2722
Delaware 1-800-722-7112
District Of Columbia 1-202-625-3333
Florida 1-800-282-3171
Georgia 1-800-282-5846
Idaho 1-800-860-0620
Illinois 1-800-942-5969
Indiana 1-800-382-9097
Kentucky 1-800-722-5725
Louisiana 1-800-256-9822
Maryland 1-800-492-2414
Massachusetts 1-800-682-9211
Michigan 1-800-764-7661 (1-800-Poison1)
Minnesota 1-800-222-1222
Missouri 1-800-366-8888
Montana 1-800-525-5042
Nebraska 1-800-955-9119
Nevada 1-800-446-6179
New Jersey 1-800-764-7661 (1-800-Poison1)
New Mexico 1-800-432-6866
New York 1-800-252-5655
North Carolina 1-800-848-6946
Ohio 1-800-872-5111
Oregon 1-800-452-7165
Pennsylvania 1-800-722-7112
Rhode Island 1-800-682-9211
South Dakota 1-800-764-7661 (1-800-Poison1)
Tennessee 1-800-288-9999
Texas 1-800-764-7661 (1-800-Poison1)
Utah 1-800-456-7707
Virginia 1-800-451-1428
Washington 1-800-732-6985
West Virginia 1-800-642-3625
Wyoming 1-800-955-9119
Canada (Ont.) 1-800-268-9017

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Australia
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Kids Help Line http://www.kidshelp.com.au/
Kids Help Line is a free and confidential, telephone counseling service

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United States
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Abuse Registry 1-800-962-2873
Drug Help line 1-800-DRUGHELP (1-800-378-4435)
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children 1-800-843-5678
American Association of Poison Control Centers http://www.aapcc.org/
Index of Poison Control Centers, phone numbers and addresses, helpful links
Support Pilot http://www.supportpilot.com/substance.html
Explains alcoholism, drinking, bingeing, and substance abuse. Links and resources to areas involving teens and drugs, cocaine, beer, drunk, drunk driving, intoxication, support, AA
Supportive Souls Mental Health Guide <http://members.aol.com/zuzubailie/deplink.html >
An easy to navigate guide dealing with a variety of mental health issues.

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United Kingdom
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The following links are taken from the Early Break website http://www.earlybreak.co.uk . Early break is based in Bury and Rochdale and offers counseling to under 18 year-olds on drug and dependency issues.
These are national numbers:
National Drugs Helpline - 0800 77 66 00
Drugscope http://www.drugscope.org.uk
A research body - carries an "up to date database of drugs and their effects". The best feature is the Helpfinder - a database of drug treatment and help services in England and Wales.
Drugs in School Helpline - 0808 8000 800
Childline - 0800 1111 free advice for children
Drinkline - 0345 320 202 alcohol problems
Lifeline for Parents - 0800 716701 support for parents
LIFELINE MANCHESTER - 0161 839 2054 <http://www.lifeline.org.uk>
Young people, drugs and alcohol. [SC] -= skimmed their site - it looks OK, not preaching "just say no" and accepting that drugs and users are different.
Wrecked http://www.wrecked.co.uk
Advice on Alcohol for 14 to 16 year olds. [SC] OK, I guess.
Trashed http://www.trashed.co.uk
Advice on Drugs for 14 to 16 year olds. [SC] Annoying website, but some basically sound information. Not really any counseling info.
D-Code http://www.d-code.co.uk
Drug information written for 13 to 25 year olds. [SC] Nice info, again nothing on counseling.
Highs and Lows Project Education http://www.gmp.police.uk/highlow/highlow.html
Program hosted by Greater Manchester Police, which includes drug information and pictures. [SC] Surprisingly good, basic info and non-judgmental - and they avoid most howlers - except giving the average price as £10 - £15.
Pill I.D.s Toxicology Unit
St George's Hospital Medical School
Cranmer Terrace
London
SW17 0RE
0208 672 1006
Legal service
RELEASE
388 Old St
London
EC1V 9LT
0207 729 9904 http://www.release.org.uk/ <http://www.release.org.uk/>

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South Africa (Taken from Ravesafe http://www.ravesafe.org/phone_book.htm )
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Cape Town
* RaveSafe Cape Town Pager 082 304-6112
* Lifeline 24 hour counseling (021) 461 1111
Any life crises, these people are friendly, caring and helpful.
* Cape Town Drug Counseling Centre (021) 447 8026
* Rape Crisis (021) 447 9672
* SANCA (021) 419-4159
* Family Planning Youth Health Serivces (021) 762 6468
* UWC Legal Aid Clinic (021) 959 2756
Gauteng
* Cocaine Helpline (011) 726-4212
* Houghton House Recovery Centre (011) 728-0850
* POWA (People Opposing Women Abuse) (011) 642-4345
* SANCA / Phoenix House (011) 726-4210
* Lifeline 24-hour emergency counseling (011) 728-1347
* Narcotics Anonymous (011) 440-7073
* Wits Law Clinic (011) 716-5644
Durban
* SANCA (031) 22-2241
* Lifeline (031) 23-2323
 
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