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  • SAMHSA’s National Helpline is a free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service (in English and Spanish) for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders.

    Also visit the online treatment locator.

SAMHSA’s National Helpline, 1-800-662-HELP (4357) (also known as the Treatment Referral Routing Service), or TTY: 1-800-487-4889 is a confidential, free, 24-hour-a-day, 365-day-a-year, information service, in English and Spanish, for individuals and family members facing mental and/or substance use disorders. This service provides referrals to local treatment facilities, support groups, and community-based organizations.

Also visit the online treatment locator, or send your zip code via text message: 435748 (HELP4U) to find help near you. Read more about the HELP4U text messaging service.

The service is open 24/7, 365 days a year.

English and Spanish are available if you select the option to speak with a national representative. Currently, the 435748 (HELP4U) text messaging service is only available in English.

In 2020, the Helpline received 833,598 calls. This is a 27 percent increase from 2019, when the Helpline received a total of 656,953 calls for the year.

The referral service is free of charge. If you have no insurance or are underinsured, we will refer you to your state office, which is responsible for state-funded treatment programs. In addition, we can often refer you to facilities that charge on a sliding fee scale or accept Medicare or Medicaid. If you have health insurance, you are encouraged to contact your insurer for a list of participating health care providers and facilities.

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LETTER TO A DRUG addict | MAOU "Tugulymskaya secondary school No. 26" Sverdlovsk region

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I can't help you! I feel sorry for you, but only you are to blame for this fate! You are an adult. A beautiful girl, but you broke your whole fate in a few seconds when you picked up a syringe. Sorry, but nothing can be returned. You could be truly happy. You could fall in love with a nice guy, start a family, have a baby.

Drugs completely broke you. They killed your loved one, ruined your whole future. You killed yourself, and no one, not even GOD, I think, can help you.

I urge everyone who knows people like Rita to urgently take them to the doctors, and take away syringes, conduct special conversations.

If we all unite, then we will defeat all the bad things and become one friendly family !!!!

Vishnevskaya Anastasia 7 "B" class

Hello addict!

I think you're doing the wrong thing when you're on drugs. You didn't have to be friends with an addict. You could advise your friend to stop using drugs! When you take drugs, you harm not only yourself, but also your family and friends. You can go to a hospital or a special treatment center. You would definitely be helped! I could advise you not to start taking drugs at all. You will suffer for a long time and die a stupid death if you take drugs!

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Hello junkie!

How is your life? I just found out the other day that you are a drug addict. Is that true? Why did you start using drugs? Why? You got on the wrong path, get off before it's too late! You probably know where all this will lead! You think, imagine what will happen to you? You know that soon people die from drugs anyway. Think about your family and friends, what will happen to them? This is not an option! Stop! Start everything from scratch! Even if you fail, we will not leave you like this, we will help you! Think about your mother, she gave birth to you, she gave you life, you should be grateful to her, and you did it! Okay, bye, I think you will make the right choice and start life from scratch!

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How to write a letter to an addict who is in rehabilitation?

Earlier we wrote useful material about what can and cannot be written in letters to participants in the rehabilitation process, in connection with which we received a question from relatives and friends of addicts: “How to write in such a way as to support an addict in a difficult period?” Today we decided to supplement and expand this material with living examples of what words will help express sympathy and show your loved one that you are on his side.

You asked: "How?" - we answer: motivating for successful rehabilitation . The healing power of words of support has an incomparable therapeutic value, even Antoine de Saint-Exupery in the fairy tale “The Little Prince” wrote: “The most important thing is not seen with the eyes, only the heart is vigilant,” and we join his words, believing what is most important in letters to participants in the rehabilitation process is always between the lines.

Gone are the days of gray, faceless everyday use, now is the time to look from a different angle, to give scope for the creativity of speech in words on paper. It is in this article that motivating phrases are presented that will help you be inspired by the healing power of words and follow your intended goal - the goal of the recovery of the whole family. We will focus on some technical points that will make the formal style of writing more personal, lively and supportive. We offer a mini cheat sheet of your choice.

Psychologist's recommendation:

  • Start your letter with a greeting: "Hello, son" - it will not be difficult and takes seconds. It would seem, what could be the use of such a banal phrase? In addition to the initial purpose of correspondence - to provide security - there is also a certain feeling of belonging to one's home and belonging to one's family.
  • If the letter is in response, it is advisable to thank for the previous letter. For example: "When I received your letter and read it, I was very happy" . The positive connotation is the center of everything. You gave an upbeat emotional mood to the content of the letter.
  • Next, it is worth mentioning your intentions. For example: “Son rehabilitation is like a kind of personal growth training that originates from ancient times in the NASA astronaut training program and has a deep meaning in changing behavior patterns in a confined space in order to create a constructive interaction between its participants. And in your case - acquaintance with the habitual patterns of behavior, with the help of which they choose to use and the possibility of changing them in favor of leading a healthy lifestyle and getting satisfaction from this. So now son, you're like an astronaut! And it's time to go through your pre-flight training for a period of 9months with subsequent training "flights" in the program of socialization and volunteering" . Such written material clearly influences overcoming resistance, brings clarity and helps to decompose psychologically evenly over a long distance, and also creates a powerful stimulus and a serious attitude towards recovery!
  • Please tell us how your work on yourself is going in groups for co-dependent relatives. This will also support the addict in the first months of rehabilitation, while he is unstable. For example: “It turns out that addiction is a family disease, not a moral issue. I have my 100% path and you have your 100% path, and each of us can use similar tools of the 12 step program. For me, this is an interesting way of personal growth, getting to know yourself, the opportunity to look at the familiar from a different angle, to see your contribution - a growth and development program that is suitable for everyone who has the desire and willingness to change something in their life and be today at least a little better than yesterday. I hope you will find the strength to become interested in these approaches to life - self-realization, freedom of conscience and communication " . It is better to write in a simple, understandable language and not overload the letter with program words.
  • Write in letters about your condition and your various feelings in a healthy format "I" - a statement. Believe me, it heals spiritual wounds. For example, you can use the phrase: "I am powerless over your illness, you are a very dear person to me, and I really appreciate you" .
  • If you have problems at home, please describe what you specifically did to solve them so that the addict does not get nervous and does not leave the rehabilitation course after reading the letter. For example: “I have a fever, I called an ambulance. The coronavirus test came back positive. I don’t need hospitalization, I’m on the mend, I’m already working from home remotely” . And here you have demonstrated an excellent example of self-help and self-support from personal experience.
  • Ask open-ended questions that will turn a sluggish conversation into an exciting conversation, help you feel attention and care on your part: “What new did you learn during rehabilitation?”, “What did you do this week?” good mood?”, “How do you feel when I write you letters?”, “What common idea would unite us as a family?”, “Why attend a post-treatment program after rehab?”, “If you could travel in time and I saw myself three years ago, what advice would you give yourself?”, “What would you like me to write to you about myself?” . Curiosity is the engine of any learning process, so feel free to start a correspondence with questions.
  • An addicted person realizes how painful and sometimes burdensome his condition is for his relatives and begins to close up at the rehabilitation group.

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