Substance Abuse Treatment

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Recently there have been many different conversations about substance use and the opioid crisis in this country. Unfortunately, many of these discussions are focused on what the problem is and not nearly as much about what to do about it. Part of the problem seems to be that treatment can be difficult to find, expensive to access and not always successful. However, treatment does exist and can be successful.

First things first: if you are concerned for someone’s safety in the moment, do not hesitate to call 911. Getting medical attention is the first step in saving someone’s life, and being alive is the first requirement for successful treatment outcomes.

If you are worried about your child, a first phone call can be to CT 211 (or go on-line

The people on the other end of the phone should be able to help you learn about the different treatment options in your area and help you access them. Along with 211, calling your insurance company can help you learn specifically what treatment options are covered. Don’t be afraid to ask lots of questions and push them; often times insurance will cover various forms of treatment but “push” one or two modalities more than others.

If you are looking for treatment for an adult who has an addiction to prescription opioids or heroin, the first phone step should be to call 1-800-563-4086. This will reach the statewide hotline, which will connect you to assessment and treatment centers throughout the state.

The Connecticut Clearinghouse is “A Library and Resource Center providing information on substance use and mental health disorders, prevention and health promotion, treatment and recovery, wellness and other related topics.” They can be reached at 1-800-232-4424 or The helpful staff at the clearinghouse can help you locate different types of treatment, support groups, and information.

Lastly, substance use impacts much more than the user him/herself. Take care of yourself and get support for yourself while going through the process of getting help for the people you care about. Reach out to people who can be your support through this journey. Attend a support group (, take up yoga, or just reach out to a friend for a cup of coffee and a chat. Although dealing with someone with a substance abuse problem can feel isolating, you are not alone.

Best advice for accessing treatment for yourself or someone you care about: Don’t Give Up! It may take more than one phone call, some arguing with insurance companies and even arguing with providers. Be the best advocate you can be, and use your voice as much as possible. “Don’t give up” also holds true for the journey down the treatment path. There are many different types of treatment options out there, and as the old adage says, “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again!”

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