These are everyday examples of the chaos many people who are already in a crisis experience. And, with each person who falls through the cracks, our system inadvertently fuels the spread of addiction, homelessness, and crime. Tragically, it becomes a vicious and, oftentimes, hopeless cycle. While professionals, first responders, and facilities are there to help, they frequently spend valuable time searching for available beds, services, and resources.
Mental health and substance use disorders affect people no matter their race, gender, sexual identification / orientation, or socioeconomic status. Addiction, particularly, has destroyed millions of lives across the US. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIH) website, “Abuse of tobacco, alcohol, and illicit drugs is costly to our Nation, exacting more than $740 billion annually in costs related to crime, lost work productivity, and health care.”
But this is not news to you as an addiction professional. You are on the frontlines battling this insidious disease twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. Addiction is relentless and relapse a constant reminder of how difficult continued successful treatment can be. While the statistics on drug abuse are staggering, the statistics for recovery from a substance use disorder (SUD) are even more grim—approximately 10 percent of those suffering with a SUD find recovery.
However, Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health, offers a more hopeful outlook:
“Supported” scientific evidence indicates that approximately 50 percent of adults who once met diagnostic criteria for a substance use disorder—or about 25 million people—are currently in stable remission (1 year or longer). Even so, remission from a substance use disorder can take several years and multiple episodes of treatment, RSS, and/or mutual aid.
Los Angeles county has hundreds of treatment centers that offer a variety of services for those with substance use disorders. Many of these facilities address any number of behavioral health problems along the continuum of care. With so many choices, addiction professionals are often faced with complex challenges and decisions every day to help clients find the best healthcare options. What type of treatment does the client need—detox only, detox with inpatient treatment, or just outpatient? Are there available beds for the type of treatment needed? Does the client have a co-occurring disorder? Is there a treatment center within proximity of the client’s residence? Is the client homeless with no means to pay for treatment?
All of your efforts to aid your client and community can sometimes be exhausting and frustrating when you cannot connect the service providers with those they are serving. GET HELP provides helpers like you with a tool to compound your impact to your clients and community effectively and efficiently. We connect people and resources so their needs are met to help improve their quality of life.
The GET HELP team works closely with service providers and frontline professionals to develop tools to fit their ever-changing needs incorporating feedback at every stage. Our commitment to build an efficient and supportive ecosystem that works collaboratively with professionals, communities, first-responders, families, facilities, and municipalities drives our primary focus. GET HELP’s business model reflects our desire to be a force for good in the world. We follow a social model based on a Benefit Corporation structure.
With the state of crises management in constant flux, GET HELP can help you find the help you need. We have been on every side of this problem and now we are on every side of the solution. We seek to solve the challenges addiction professionals face when their clients’ lives are disrupted by a crisis—addiction/relapse, mental health issues, or homelessness—with the tools to access their community resources when they need it. By joining GET HELP, you will become part of this conscientious connection that can resolve these problems with compassion, empathy, and social responsibility.
We work hard to help our communities, and we’ve come so far. There is so much more we can do to solve this problem, and we can do it together. GET HELP builds human solutions to human problems by connecting objective and qualified information that is dynamic, relevant, and current. We pass no judgment as to the efficacy of various modalities of treatment, allowing patients, families, and professionals to make their own decisions. We aim to make access to resources as quick and easy as possible, understanding that such access saves lives.
GET HELP can help you change the system.