Addiction Policy Forum Launches Statewide Resource to Address the Addiction Crisis in California
Residents in California Can Now Find Local Addiction Treatment Facilities and Health Care Providers
SANTA CRUZ, C.A. — Addiction Policy Forum (APF), a leading addiction nonprofit, has expanded its Addiction Resource Center (ARC) to include treatment resources, facilities and health care providers specific to California.
“California saw over 4,600 overdose deaths in 2016. With resources added to the ARC database to help connect California residents to local services, we hope to see these numbers decrease as more patients and families access the help they need,” said Jessica Hulsey Nickel, Addiction Policy Forum President and CEO.
The ARC includes a comprehensive, interactive website to help individuals and families struggling with addiction learn about substance use disorders and access critical resources. This platform dispels harmful myths about addiction by presenting the science behind the disease in easy-to-read formats, guiding concerned individuals through a self-assessment tool, helping to develop a proposed action plan and providing a database of local treatment providers. The ARC also includes a resource line staffed by addiction counselors, licensed social workers, and peer recovery support advocates that provide callers with substance use disorder-related information, education on treatment options, and support. California residents can call the line at 1-833-301-HELP (4357), Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 6 PM EST.
“I am confident that this new resource will help provide people concerned about substance use and their families with a fast and simple way to find treatment facilities in their area and get the support they need,” says Athena Naranjo, co-chair of Addiction Policy Forum’s California State Chapter that launched in June.
Jill Ditlevsen, other co-chair of Addiction Policy Forum’s California State chapter, says, “I am excited to know that Californians will now have a new resource to quickly and easily find local treatment centers and healthcare facilities. Individuals concerned about substance use and their loved ones now have the chance to locate resources in their area as soon as that moment of crisis hits.”
APF, which has chapters in 20 states and a national office in Washington, D.C., plans to continue adding state-specific resources to its database throughout 2018. In addition to addressing addiction through community resources, APF is committed to affecting policy change at the local, state and national levels and raising awareness of the nationwide addiction crisis.
About Addiction Policy Forum
The Addiction Policy Forum is a 501(c)(3) organization established in 2015 as a diverse partnership of organizations, policymakers and stakeholders committed to working together to elevate awareness around addiction, and to improve programs and policy through a comprehensive response that includes prevention, treatment, recovery and criminal justice reform. Jessica Hulsey Nickel, whose own family was devastated by addiction, is the founder of a coalition of 1,700 families impacted by substance use disorders and is available for further explanation and interviews by media.
More information on our mission and projects is available at http://addictionpolicy.org.