Addiction Help

Sydney Schumacher, Features Editor

If you are seeking addiction help, and want to quit but need help to do so here are some steps that you can take. If you want help but want to keep your identity anonymous call the Wisconsin Addiction Recovery Helpline at 2-1-1 or 833-944-4673. There is also an option to chat online or text 898211. This helpline is free, available 24/7 and can help you get the help you need. If you call this hotline you will be connected to a team of information and referral specialists. They will ask for a zip code, needed to connect you to the closest center. 

Another resource to use is AADAIP or the Adolescent Alcohol/Drug Assessment Intervention Program, a part of the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinic. You can contact them at the phone number (608) 262-111. This place talks to teens and their families and gives them advice, support, and help. 

An additional option is to call the Wisconsin Tobacco Quit Line at 800-QUIT-NOW (800-784-8669). Coaches are available 24/7 for people over the age of eighteen. In addition to helping people quit, they have specific advice to help teenagers with social pressure circled around vaping and smoking. These calls are confidential.  

Another option is to talk to your doctor about the trouble you are having at your yearly physical. They may need to talk to your parents or guardians if they think you are in need of serious help if you are under the age of 18. 

It can be hard to stand idly by and watch your friends and loved ones struggling with addiction. Especially if they don’t want to seek help or feel the need to seek help. If you are concerned about your friend or family member that vapes or has addiction issues and don’t want to get involved in their life. Instead, think about the unknown long term effects of vaping and how it has caused many deaths throughout the U.S. and other countries. Keep these resources in mind to give to friends if they need help. You are not alone, reach out to friends and family for help.