In the wake of David Muir's report, "Breaking Point: Heroin in America," we wanted to provide our viewers with resources that have more information about topics covered in the “20/20” broadcast, including treatment options and support for addicts and their families.
The organizations listed below are for those who are interested in learning more:
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: SAMHSA offers a 24-hour Helpline that provides free and confidential treatment referral and information about mental and/or substance use disorders, prevention and recovery. Their website includes a Buprenorphine physician and treatment program locator where patients can find authorized programs across the country that treat addiction and dependence on opioids, such as heroin or prescription pain relievers. Call 1-800-662-HELP (4357) or visit their website at http://www.samhsa.gov/find-help.
National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence: NCADD provides information and support for addicts and their families about understanding addiction, how to seek help for yourself or a family member and where to find treatment programs and support groups. NCADD has 90 affiliates across the country offering alcoholism and addiction recovery support services, which can be found on their website at http://www.ncadd.org/ or by calling their 24-hour Hope Line at 1-800-622-2255.
Partnership for Drug-Free Kids Helpline: Trained bilingual parent support specialists are available Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. ET, to take calls from concerned loved ones. Call 1-855-DRUGFREE (1-855-378-4373) or visit their website at http://www.drugfree.org/get-help/helpline/
The National Institute on Drug Abuse: The NIDA's heroin page on their website offers general information about the drug and published research articles about heroin abuse and treatment. https://www.drugabuse.gov/drugs-abuse/heroin
Narcotics Anonymous: NA's website offers information about support for addicts who wish to maintain a drug-free lifestyle and how to find local meetings. http://www.na.org/
American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry: AAAP offers resources for patients and their families on their website. http://www.aaap.org/patient-resources/helpful-links/