Free Substance Use Abuse Helplines South Africa

Including Mental Health Helplines

Alcoholics Anonymous South Africa, Al-Anon, Narcotics Anonymous and the South African Depression and Anxiety Group

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Help

Helplines below are Non-Profit Organizations that offer Free Support for Substance Abuse and Mental Health.

Alcoholics Anonymous South Africa

Narcotics Anonymous South Africa

Alcoholics Anonymous based in South Africa is an informal society and has more than 4,500 alcoholic members who meet at meetings on a daily basis. There daily program can be viewed below:

Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings

The AA meetings consists of alcoholic addicts and not professionals such as counsellors or psychologists. The meetings are not religiously based, they welcome members of all religions, agnostics and atheists alike. There are no restrictions, you can come and go as you please and there is no sign-up or subscription fees.

AA Helpline - 0861 435 722

Al-Anon GSO South Africa

Al-Anon GSO South Africa

Al-Anon GSO South Africa has been giving support for alcoholism to families and friends for over 70 years. There daily program can be viewed below:

Al-Anon Meetings

Al-Anon Family Groups is a spiritual fellowship, not a religious one, where members share their own experience. All age groups and races are welcome. Meetings are conducted on a walk-in basis.

Al-Anon Helpline - 0861 252 666

Narcotics Anonymous South Africa

Narcotics Anonymous South Africa

Narcotics Anonymous South Africa is a non-profit organization that consists of both men and women whom have had drug related problems.

Areas covered are Johannesburg, Pretoria, Eastern Cape and Kwazulu-Natal.

Most members are recovering addicts who meet on a regular basis throughout South Africa to prevent each other from relapse. They focus on the disease of addiction rather than drugs themselves. Meetings are open to all genders, races, creeds or religions.

Narcotics Anonymous – 011 509 0031 / 083 900 6962


LifeLine 24hr Helpline

LifeLine International has over 250 centres in 14 different countries. There are 26 LifeLine centres in Southern Africa.

They assist with Depression, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Eating Disorders, Family Matters, Grief and Loss and HIV/AIDS

LifeLine Website

24hr Helpline: 011 422 4242 or 0861 322 322


SANCA Helpline

South African National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (SANCA) are a Non-Profit Organisation in the field of prevention, treatment and aftercare of substance abuse and addictions.

SANCA Website

Helpline: 011 892 3829 or WhatsApp 076 535 1701

The South African Depression And Anxiety Group

The South African Depression And Anxiety Group

The South African Depression And Anxiety Group (SADAG) is Africa's largest mental health support and advocacy groupeducation and destigmatisation of mental illness in the country.

They are a Non-Profit registered organisation, with an 18a tax exemption. There team consists of Psychiatrists, Psychologists, and General Practitioners. SADAG manages a 16-line counselling-and-referral call centre, and is the voice of patient advocacy, working in urban, peri-urban, and the most rural communities across South Africa.

You can call the 24hour Substance Abuse Helpline 0800 121 314, Sms 32312 or leave a message on the live chat form to contact a counsellor.

For counselling queries e-mail:

To contact a counsellor between 8am-8pm Monday to Sunday

Call: 011 234 4837 / Fax number: 011 234 8182

For a suicidal Emergency contact us on 0800 567 567

24hr Helpline: 0800 21 22 23 or 0800 456 789

Facebook - SADAG Facebook

Twitter - SADAG Twitter

Coronavirus Hotline Numbers For China And South Africa

Coronavirus Hotline Numbers For China And South Africa

National Institute for Communicable Diseases in South Africa - 0800 029 999

Or visit: or join the WhatsApp group on - 0600 123 456

24-hour Hotline numbers for South African citizens based in Wuhan City, China.

South African Embassy in Beijing
Hotline: +86 135 0105 9041
Ms Lesego Pelompe
Mr Siyabonga Ponco

South African Consulate General in Shanghai
Hotline: +86 159 0045 4282
Ms Grace Motloutzi

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