Connecticut, like states across the country, is in the midst of a prescription drug and heroin epidemic. Every city and town in our state is affected and an estimated 888 Connecticut residents will die from overdoses this year. Whether it’s fighting for more treatment and prevention funding or working with individual families to get their loved ones the help they deserve, I am committed to doing all I can to help combat this deadly epidemic and help those in recovery.
I often hear how difficult it can be for family members to find help for their loved ones. Below, my office has provided resources to simplify the process and help Connecticut residents find the information they need to get started.
In the event of an emergency or if your loved one is in immediate danger, your first resource should be dialing 9-1-1.
Where to start
If your loved one is abusing prescription drugs or heroin and is ready to seek help, start by calling your local Regional Mental Health Board. You can find your region and contact information here: https://portal.ct.gov/DMHAS/Programs-and-Services/Finding-Services/Finding-Services. The staff and volunteers on these boards are dedicated to improving the quality of life for individuals who need support in their recovery and often know the best local resources currently available in terms of treatment. In addition to the Regional Mental Health Boards, you can also call the state’s Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services’ (DMHAS) 24-hour hotline at 1-800-563-4086. The person on the other end of this number will direct those seeking treatment and services for an opioid addiction to a local walk-in assessment center in your area.
Dealing with insurance problems
For many families, navigating our complex health care and insurance system in the context of getting a loved one assistance can be incredibly frustrating and complex. Here in Connecticut, the Office of the Healthcare Advocate exists specifically to help you navigate such situations. You can reach them by calling 1-866-466-4446 or emailing them at email@example.com.
Support services for families
Helping a loved one struggling with addiction can sometimes seem like a full-time job and often leads to personal and physical stress. For families seeking support The Connecticut Clearinghouse provides a directory of self-help and support groups here: http://bit.ly/2dVTIBR
Still need help?
If you are still having trouble finding the appropriate service or you aren’t sure where to turn to, you can always feel free to call my office in Hartford at 860-549-8463. We have trained caseworkers on staff who will be able to assist you.
Share Your Story
I have talked with countless families whose lives have been forever altered by drug abuse. These stories illustrate the real human impact of this crisis in a way that numbers never could. If you or a loved one has been impacted by addiction and would like to share your story with me, please take a few minutes to do so here.