The Area Substance Abuse Council this week launched a public awareness campaign aimed at those who know someone who is struggling with a substance use disorder. The key message for the campaign is that while addiction issues can be very difficult, there is hope. The first step on the path to recovery is to ask for help.

Drug use in the region is growing and it’s resulting in destructive and fatal consequences. “ASAC has seen a 284 percent increase in individuals seeking treatment for opioid addictions like heroin, morphine, painkillers and prescription medications since 2007,” said Melissa Walker, Deputy Director of Prevention Services at ASAC. “One in eight kids in Eastern Iowa report that someone living in their home has a serious drug or alcohol problem. Our goal with this effort is to encourage people who are suffering or whose loved ones are suffering from substance use issues to take the first step to recovery.”

ASAC is a private, nonprofit corporation and one of the most comprehensive substance abuse prevention and treatment agencies in the state of Iowa. It serves people in Linn, Benton, Jones, Jackson and Clinton counties as well as clients from across Iowa. Services follow the continuum of care beginning with prevention and intervention moving through the various levels of treatment and long-term recovery support.

“Substance use disorder is a medical condition, and people with drug or alcohol use disorder need treatment. We can help,” said Walker. “Family, friends, teachers and co-workers can make a huge difference in getting individuals with substance use disorders to seek treatment. Reach out to our team of counselors to get them the help they need to start recovering. Unnecessary deaths can be averted.”

To get help for yourself or a loved one, visithttp://asac.us/gethelp/ or call ASAC at (319) 390-4611 and speak to a counselor. There is NO CHARGE for the initial assessment, and any information shared with ASAC staff members is strictly confidential.

If you or someone you know has a substance use issue, visithttp://asac.us/gethelp/ to get help.

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About ASAC

ASAC is a private, nonprofit corporation and one of the most comprehensive substance abuse prevention and treatment agencies in the state of Iowa. ASAC serves people in Linn, Benton, Jones, Jackson and Clinton counties as well as clients from across Iowa.

ASAC is licensed by the Iowa Department of Public Health to combat the abuse of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. Its mission is to provide accessible services designed to enhance the quality of life for individuals, families and communities in East Central Iowa. Services follow the continuum of care beginning with prevention and intervention, moving through the various levels of treatment and long-term recovery support.