(WQOW)- For those battling substance abuse in Wisconsin, help is just a three-digit call away.
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the United Way of Wisconsin said nearly 6,000 people contacted the Wisconsin Addiction Recovery Helpline during the first year of the program.
The free service is managed by 211 Wisconsin under a contract with DHS and connects people seeking help for challenges with alcohol and drugs with the help they need.
L.E. Philips Libertas Center Registered Nurse Zach Couture said the hotline is a great resource because it connects people with resources that are individualized to their specific needs.
“I hope as more people become aware and we kinda make a push to make this something that people know what’s going on that it inspires other people to reach out and know it’s a non-judgmental way of connecting with help,” Couture said.
The addiction recovery helpline is available statewide 24 hours a day, seven days a week.