state addiction hotlinesA lot of states are finally starting to see the value and the need for addiction help hotlines.  Addiction hotlines are perhaps the greatest gift of the 21st century that the United States has had in the face of some of the most horrendous substance abuse problems that the nation has ever seen before.  Certain states have now seen that addicts are actually able to call such hotlines and be instantly connected to someone who can find a rehab for them to go to and get them cleaned up immediately and save them from a potential overdose death.  Connecticut is one such state.

The Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services recently announced that they have created a new toll-free number that’s sole purpose and intention is connecting residents who are seeking treatment for an opioid addiction to a local walk-in assessment center. Connecticut is not the first state to do something like this, and it won’t be the last.  In Connecticut, residents will now be able to call 1-800-563-4086, 24 hours a day, seven days a week and actually talk to a real person who can connect them or a loved one to a walk-in assessment center in their area.

That’s not all that this Connecticut hotline offers though.  In fact, in addition to that, callers will be followed up later on with a phone call by trained staff to determine if they were able to connect to necessary services and problem-solve any barriers that they may have encountered.  The goal here is to get the addict into rehab.  The call center in Connecticut is only the first step in doing that.

Making this call really is the first step though.  Residents seeking treatment and services for opioid use, abuse, and addiction can go to any of the state’s walk-in assessment centers after getting referred there by the hotline.  Once at the center they will be evaluated and the full extent of their addiction problem will be made known and understood by the attending physician. Also at the assessment center it will be determined for each and every person who walks in which course of treatment and services the individual is eligible for or should follow.  The idea here is to determine what will work best for each person as an individual and to address any insurance-related issues or self-payment issues.

Other States Have This Too

Trying to figure out how to find a service like this in your state?  It’s possible that your state has something similar to what Connecticut has.  If not, you can always call the federal hotline, which is found through the website of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).  To start though, it is best to locate the website for your state’s Department of Health.  Some states have special sites set up within their Department of Health that are made especially for substance abuse and mental health issues and problems.  One way or the other, almost all states have a special hotline in their database somewhere that will lead to an over the phone counselor who can guide the caller in the right direction of where to go or who to call to arrange an assessment and after that treatment.

No one should have to suffer unnecessary with addiction.  It truly is a cruel and deadly cross to bear and has a very high mortality rate.  People die from addiction, a lot more than most people think.  That is why now more than ever these hotlines are so important.

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