Pennsylvania offers help in dealing with addiction over the holidays

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The holidays can be a challenging time for those with drug and alcohol addictions. Now Pennsylvania is offering support for those with substance use disorder and to their loved ones.

"It really starts with recognizing that substance use disorder is a disease and not a moral failing," said Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Secretary Jen Smith.

"It's important for all of us to remember that as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to devastate the lives of some of our loved ones, the opioid overdose epidemic hasn't ended," she stressed.

"It's still very much a part of this nation and of the commonwealth. We're still losing far too many Pennsylvanians to drug related fatalities and even more unfortunate is that many of those Pennsylvanians are veterans."

The DDAP has a 24/7 help line, including the holidays, called Get Help Now. Smith said staff members can offer resources for those misusing drugs or alcohol, regardless of insurance.

"Whether you are the individual in need of the services, a veteran, or a family member inquiring about services on a loved one’s behalf, trained individuals can help navigate local resources and treatment options in your area," she said.

Smith said there is absolutely no shame in seeking help to live a happy, healthy life.

You can reach the Get Help Now helpline at ‪1-800-662-HELP‬ (4357), or visit the state website.