You Are Ready for Your Life to Be Different.
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You reading this may be a sign you want something different, that you are ready for a change. That is a good thing. Whether you realize you have a drug or alcohol use concern, or you know a loved one who does, you have taken a major step: acknowledgment.
Always know you are not alone.
The Access Harm Reduction campaign was created to help the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia (DMV) residents who are dealing with drug and alcohol use concerns, or have a loved one who is. There is no “type” of person who uses substances. They are from all zip codes, incomes, education levels, ethnicities, and walks of life. Some prefer drugs while others prefer alcohol. What about you?
Examples of Substances
Alcohol substances include beer, liquor, and wine. Drug substances include opioids, methamphetamine, marijuana, cocaine, heroin, PCP, LSD, over-the-counter, etc.
What Is a Drug or Alcohol Disorder?
A drug or alcohol disorder is a type of substance use disorder—a disease that affects a person’s brain and behavior and leads to an inability to control the use of a legal or illegal substance. A person can have one or both disorders.
Signs of a Drug or Alcohol Use Disorder
When a person has a drug or alcohol disorder, there are usually signs that something is changing. Signs differ from person to person, but common signs include:
- Behavior changes
- Appearance or hygiene change
- Weight change, usually weight loss
- Overall health decline
- Poor performance at work or school
- Financial instability
Are any signs familiar? If so, take action to reduce harmful impacts on you or your loved one.
How Heart to Hand Helps
Heart to Hand understands. We focus on education so DMV residents know how drug and alcohol disorders can affect them physically, psychologically, and financially.
Resources to Save Lives
Life is precious. Heart to Hand offers free harm reduction resources that may prevent or reverse an overdose and save a life – even yours. Request the resources online or come to our Largo office for:
Fentanyl Test Strips
FTS are small strips of paper that can detect the presence of fentanyl in different drugs (cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin, etc.) and drug forms (pills, powder, and injectables).
Narcan (Naloxone) Opioid Overdose Kits
Naloxone, known as Narcan, is a safe medicine that rapidly reverses an opioid overdose in people with opioids in their systems. Narcan should be administered to anyone who has opioid overdose signs or when an opioid overdose is suspected. The Narcan Opioid Overdose Kits include:
- Narcan nasal spray
- One pair of gloves
- Alcohol prep pads
- Purell single wipe
- One-way face mask
- Fentanyl strip
- Maryland Department of Health Good Samaritan Law fact sheet
- Kit training from a trained Heart to Hand staff member
WATCH THESE VIDEOS
Whether it is you or a loved one, substance use impacts more than just the person. The way it affects others may be deeper than what you think and last longer than you know. These intimate stories show how substance use disorders touch everyday lives in communities. Watch their stories.
Meet with a Peer Recovery Specialist
A Peer Recovery Specialist is available with harm reduction services to support people who are working through addiction(s).
The Road to Your Success Will Be Different
Everyone is different. So is the road that leads from where you are now to the life you want. Heart to Hand knows drug and alcohol use disorders can impact each person or their loved one differently. Our approach is personal: designed just for you.
What to Do Next?
Reach out to Heart to Hand now. The Access Harm Reduction campaign includes a proven process to get you from “your right now” to “where you want to be.” It is a process. It is not overnight. There is no magic potion. But the great news is what success looks like for you is within reach! It includes:
We offer programs like individual and group therapy plus support groups to equip you with tools to make positive decisions and cope. A group may just be what you need.
Call Us or Fill Out the Form
Ready? Heart to Hand is ready to support you. We accept most insurances, Medicaid, Medicare, plus options that may be at no cost to you.