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You Aren’t Alone: Resources for Substance Abuse

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National Overdose Awareness Day is on August 31st. The CDC reported from January 2021 to January 2022, there were over 103,500 drug overdose deaths in the United States. Of those deaths, nearly 70% of them were due to opioids. 

Opioids are drugs available legally by prescription and can be abused just like illegal drugs. Read on for ways to protect yourself and your family from addiction—and what you can do to help a loved one through this serious illness. 

Listen well and leave the pills on the shelf.

When you are given strong painkillers after a surgical procedure or as a pain reliever, you may be tempted to take more than the required dosage to deal with your pain. Don’t. It’s crucial to discuss any medication changes with your doctor first, and you should never take medication that was prescribed to someone else. 

Additionally, when storing your medication, make sure it’s kept in a safe place and out of reach from children or others who shouldn’t have access to it. 

Connect with resources in Hancock County.

Hancock Health has been working to raise $3.5 million to fund resources for mental health and substance abuse issues in Hancock County. We also have a highly qualified staff of licensed mental health counselors and psychiatrists who are prepared to help you navigate the difficulties of addiction, whether it’s for yourself or a family member. 

Our Healthy365 Connection Center has advocates and free resources available to you. We have support navigators who will help connect you to resources such as treatment programs, mental health facilities, and so much more. 

Groups Recover Together in Greenfield is another substance abuse treatment program working specifically with opioid addiction. They can help you or a loved one get access to licensed counselors, fast and affordable health care, and more. 

Remember: You aren’t alone. 

It’s important to not forget that no matter where in your recovery journey you may be, you aren’t alone. There are resources available to help you through any stage of the process, and we at Hancock Health are here for you. Reach out today for a helping hand. 

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