Substance abuse resources in your area
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7 ON YOUR SIDE got on the phone with government officials and found this information for you. You can read more about the resources and our series below this list:
The Attorney General's office suggests a great place to start is the Virginia Association of Community Service Boards (VACSB.) There are 40 community service boards across the state. Once you click on the link below, you can enter in where you live and you will be directed to the community service board nearest you: CLICK HERE TO VISIT THE WEBSITE
- CLICK HERE FOR THE "GET HELP NOW" PAGE
- CLICK HERE FOR THE "MARYLAND CERTIFIED TREATMENT LOCATOR" PAGE
- Maryland Crisis hotline phone number: 1-800-422-0009
- Governor Earl Ray Tomblin set up a toll free number for residents looking for help with substance abuse. It's the first of its kind in the state. The phone number for West Virginia's "Need Substance Help?" is 1-844-HELP4WV
- There is also a web link associated with the program that lists all of the treatment and recovery centers county by county which we are also providing to you below. The Governor's office explains the link and call center are constantly updated as more services are added across the state. CLICK HERE FOR THE COUNTY BY COUNTY LIST
During the week of Feb. 15-Feb. 19, 7 ON YOUR SIDE will air a week long series on the rising heroin epidemic in our area with our Hooked On Heroin series: "Heroin Highway".
Police in cities along Interstates 70 and 81 starting in Baltimore traveling through Maryland, West Virginia, and Virginia dubbed the area the "heroin highway" due to the rising number of prescription opioid and heroin overdoses and deaths in the area.
One of the loudest cries for help 7 ON YOUR SIDE heard during its investigation was for more treatment options and better access to treatment.
When we started looking for a way to provide our viewers with places to go to look for treatment, we ran into some of the same difficulties families of addicts described to us during our coverage. When we did an initial search online, we did find a host of treatment and recovery centers across the area. The challenge arose when we looked for a centralized web site for each state. When families are faced with trying the find the right care based on an individual's circumstances, where can they receive some guidance as they sift through the myriad of treatment and recovery locations in their communities? Well, . West Virginia had an established phone line and web link for its residents. State officials in Virginia told us they are working on gathering such information from across the state in the effort to help their families, but they provided critical information about where Virginians can go to start their quests for information. And Maryland just wrapped up construction of a website that its residents can use to find help in the battle against substance addiction.
Attorney General Mark Herring's office tells 7 ON YOUR SIDE that the state is working on a state-wide resource guide for addicts, parents, and family members that will be ready in the coming weeks. In the meantime, you can search online for substance abuse treatment and recovery centers in your city or town. Part of their function is to provide programs and services that effectively treat individuals with substance abuse disorders and to assist families caring for members with substance abuse disorders.
A spokesman for the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) explains Maryland has newly reworked websites its residents can access for this exact type of type of help. The first link below is to the DHMH's "Get Help Now" page. Once on the page, you can click on the "SAMSHA's treatment locator." (SAMSHA stands for Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.) You can also click on the "Maryland Certified Treatment locator" which provides a directory of substance abuse recovery/treatment centers and where you can check to see if a particular program is certified by the state, and there is a toll free crisis number available below to residents in search of help. Per the website, "Maryland's Crisis Hotline is available 24 hours/7 days a week to provide support, guidance and assistance on how to access services. Callers will also be given information about naloxone, recovery support and family services as available/appropriate in the individual's local area."