A new informational program about seeking help for substance abuse will be made available over the next month by the state Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services.
Entitled “New Hope, New Life with OASAS”, the 30-minute discussion format show will air on major broadcast stations at various times until the end of September. The show will air in the Utica area, among other major city centers like Syracuse and Albany. Guests will include OASAS Commissioner Arlene González-Sánchez and various OASAS certified providers, individuals in recovery and OASAS staff.
The program will help inform residents about substance use disorders, including warning signs, available resources and where to find help. The program is being funded with $500,000 from the State Opioid Response Grant.
"Through innovative efforts like this, we are continuing to raise awareness of the impact that this disease is having on communities throughout our state, and are making critical, lifesaving information available to people wherever they live,” González-Sánchez said in a statement.
Full episodes of the program will also be available at the website www.combataddiction.ny.gov.
Anyone currently struggling with addiction, or who has a loved one who is struggling, can call the toll-free, 24/7 helpline at 1-877-846-7369.