For Immediate Release:
Friday, December 22, 2017
Attorney General Stein Recommends Resources for People Struggling With Addiction During the Holidays
(RALEIGH) Attorney General Josh Stein today encouraged North Carolinians to remember that resources are available to anyone who may be struggling with addiction this holiday season.
“It’s a sad reality that for many people, the holidays are not a welcome break to spend time with family and friends,” said Attorney General Josh Stein. “We know that the holidays can be a difficult time for people fighting addiction. If you are, or if you believe someone you know is, struggling with these issues, please get help.”
“We don’t recover alone,” said Donald McDonald, Executive Director of Addiction Professionals of North Carolina. “My family and I needed a tribe to get well. The stigma surrounding substance use and mental health issues can make it difficult to seek help. That’s all changing. More courageous North Carolinians are coming forward with their powerful stories and breaking down barriers to recovery. Subsequently, more affected families are reaching out and they’re being met with the care and compassion they deserve. They’re finding their tribe.”
The Alcohol and Drug Council of North Carolina operates a 24/7 hotline at 800-688-4232. Hotline operators provide listening support and treatment advice for people who are struggling with these issues. The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services’ website also has a directory of resources for each region of the state.
In addition to immediate resources for crisis intervention, Attorney General Stein also has compiled resources for people who are working to confront the opioid crisis in their communities. Please visit ncdoj.gov/opioidresources to learn more.