BERKELEY – Even though it seems that everyone knows someone dealing with addiction, some people are ashamed to ask for help, officials said.
During a recent Township Council meeting, Councilwoman Sophia Gingrich urged people to seek help for family members dealing with addiction, before it’s too late.
“People are ashamed to say they have someone in addiction,” she said. “It’s hard to ask for help.”
The opioid crisis, where many people are overdosing on heroin and fentanyl, has reached all walks of life. You are not alone, she said.
She credited Lifeline Recovery Support Services for saving many lives locally. “They help save lives and help individuals suffering from substance abuse disorders find long-term recovery,” she said.
“Loved ones mean well, but they might not be able to provide the tools you need,” she said. That’s why people suffering from addiction need recovery specialists. They have walked down that road before. They know how to help.
“Addiction is a disease, and the only way to (beat it) is to get help,” Mayor Carmen Amato said. “Don’t be ashamed. There’s help out there.”
For more information on Lifeline Recovery Support Services, call 888-520-0040.