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A message from the National Drug Helpline:

When drugs are used over periods of time, the brain changes in response to prolonged exposure to those drugs. Cravings tend to get stronger and withdrawals tend to get worse. This physiological reality makes quitting very difficult for anyone. Drug and alcohol addictions can affect your personal relationships and make it difficult to focus on work or school. Many people have their health, finances, relationships, careers and lives turned upside down by drug addiction. Thanks to drug and alcohol treatment, there is no reason to go through the recovery process alone. These programs provide people with the support that they need to rehabilitate and can be easily accessed with a call to a drug support hotline or facility or a national drug rehab hotline, such as the National Drug Helpline, which can be reached at 1-888-633-3239.

If you or a loved one is struggling with substance abuse, it may be time to get help from a drug recovery program. Calling is a great way to start your recovery journey. If you aren’t ready to call, you can check out some of the free resources found on the CDC’s website. Drug abuse is more common than you may think, so don’t feel like you are alone. Thousands of people across the nation struggle with drug abuse everyday. So much so that there are major government organizations, such as NIDA, dedicated to drug abuse within our nation.

If drugs or alcohol are causing problems in your life, or the life of a loved one, the time to get help is now. If you are concerned about your own substance use, or the drug or alcohol use of a friend or family member there is no reason to wait!

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