Addiction Policy Forum Launches Statewide Resource to Address the Drug Crisis in Connecticut
Residents in Connecticut Can Now Find Local Addiction Resources by County
Lebanon, C.T. — Addiction Policy Forum, a leading addiction nonprofit, has expanded its Addiction Resource Center (ARC) to include a database of treatment resources, facilities, and healthcare providers specific to Connecticut.
“Death by overdose in Connecticut rose by 24% between 2015 and 2016, according to the CDC. With these new resources added to the ARC database to help Connecticut residents seek help in their moments of crisis, I’m very hopeful that these numbers will go down,” 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 information, education on treatment options, and support. Connecticut residents can call the line at 1-833-301-HELP (4357), Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 6 PM EST.
“Connecticut sees an overwhelming amount of people struggling with substance use disorder, and many of these cases result in death. I am hopeful that the ARC database will be able to provide more Connecticut residents with the resources they need to get help so we can save more lives,” said Ada (Maxine) Haines, Connecticut State Chair.
Addiction Policy Forum, which has chapters in 26 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
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.