Statewide Helpline for Addiction Assistance Helps Many


HARRISBURG, DAUPHIN COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) (WBRE/WYOU)  September is National Recovery Month.  On Thursday, Governor Tom Wolf announced   that Pennsylvanians seeking help for drug and alcohol problems are increasingly turning to the statewide toll-free helpline, a program under the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP).

The helpline was introduced ten months ago.   Since then the helpline has received more than 15,500 calls.
According to DDAP the helpline is providing personal help to individuals suffering from addiction – and to their families and friends – by directing them to immediate help.

In a prepared release the Governor said “The helpline is another tool Pennsylvania offers to help those with an opioid or another substance use disorder into treatment and on the road to recovery,”

“The success of the helpline reinforces the need for at-the-ready help for those suffering, and is a part of our ongoing effort to fight the heroin and opioid epidemic head on.” added Governor Wolf.

“Anyone with a drug or alcohol problem can call our toll-free statewide helpline at 1-800-662-HELP, to talk to a person and get immediate assistance to enter treatment,” said DDAP Acting Secretary Jennifer Smith. “During National Recovery Month in September, we want to spread the word that Pennsylvanians with a substance use disorder can find help through a phone call. Individuals can also use an online chat service to connect to the helpline, which offers a way to get anonymous help.”

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