AceShowbiz - Wendy Williams is taking a real action in helping those who are struggling with substance abuse. A week after making a TV return, "The Wendy Williams Show" host announced on Monday, March 11 on the show that her family's Hunter Foundation launched a national resource hotline.
The 1-888-5HUNTER (1-888-548-6837) hotline is a result of a partnership with T.R.U.S.T., an organization dedicated to building a bridge from treatment to long-term recovery. The 24-hour hotline aims to provide resources to those suffering from drug addiction or substance abuse, their families and loved ones, or the general public to receive education and awareness information.
"The Hunter Foundation launched a 24-hour nationwide hotline to offer treatment resources to get help for you if you happen to be addicted to drugs and substance abusing," Wendy announced. "What you do is you call, and your call will be answered by specially-trained, certified recovery coaches. These people will provide you, should you want help, with referrals and treatment facilities. If that's you, we’re here to help."
They hired specially trained certified recovery coaches for the hotline. The coaches will conduct assessments and match callers with lists of treatment facilities including detox, rehabilitation, sober living and outpatient centers. Additionally, it will offer educational resources to those suffering drug addiction or substance abuse, as well their families, loved ones and the public.
"We must all come together to respond to this crisis of addiction and substance abuse. Everyone is at risk from the inner cities to more affluent communities," Wendy said in a statement. "My family and I are very proud to partner with T.R.U.S.T. to get people the help that they so desperately need, especially if they or their families have given up hope. There is hope."
President of T.R.U.S.T. Ron Clinton added, "We are pleased to partner with The Hunter Foundation to help spread the message that there is hope and recovery can work! With over 70,000 overdose deaths in the past year, we can make an impact together to combat this crisis through awareness and treatment. We are grateful to the Hunter family for undertaking this initiative and for asking T.R.U.S.T. to facilitate this life-saving effort."
This arrives after the daytime TV star opened up about her own struggle with drugs. "Once you’re a substance abuser, you have to battle that for the rest of your life," she told her viewers. "I've told you about my 10-year ride with the cocaine and the crack. Oh, yes, crack is wack -- but it was very good to me at a particularly stupid point in my life. … I was a mess, functioning, killing myself. I realize that I am a walking addict. Do you know what I'm saying? You can't just clean it up and stop it and think it's not going to affect you."