Navigating addiction recovery in Western Wisconsin

The 211 help line is available for anyone who needs help being connected with mental health resources or talking through a problem, among many other types of assistance.

LA CROSSE (WKBT) — Since 1989, the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has considered the month of September to be national recovery month.

If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, resources are available. At AA.org and NA.org, a number of recovery meetings can be found.

If you’re dealing with addiction or need someone to talk to during a difficult situation of any kind, dialing 2-1-1 is also an option.

There are eight 211 call centers throughout Wisconsin, according to Amy Kuester, a line supervisor at a call center in Onalaska run by Gundersen Health.

Those who struggle with addiction need to ask for help, according to Scott Silverman, the CEO of a San Diego-based treatment center known as Confidential Recovery.

Silverman has been sober from drugs and alcohol since 1984.

“I go to recovery meetings, I still go to 4 meetings a week and I’m sober nearly 38 years,” he said.

Silverman added that people should not be afraid to get the assistance they need.

“If you don’t know what to do, the three hardest words in the English language are: I need help,” he said. “Don’t be afraid to ask for help,” he added.

In 2008, Silverman was honored as a CNN Hero for his public service.

Outside of addiction, the suicide prevention lifeline became 988 earlier this year.

If you’re struggling with suicidal thoughts or are in crisis, call 988 to be connected with assistance.

Any veteran in crisis can also receive help by dialing 988 and then pressing 1 to reach the Veterans Crisis Line.