Lincoln, NE, Nov. 07, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Addiction Policy Forum, a leading addiction nonprofit, has expanded its Addiction Resource Center (ARC) to include a database of treatment resources, facilities, and healthcare providers specific to Nebraska residents. The Addiction Resource Center (ARC) offers two ways to find lifesaving help; an online portal and a free, confidential telehealth service.

“Patients and families deserve a reliable list of substance use disorder services that they can trust when they are seeking help during a crisis,” says Jessica Hulsey Nickel, Founder and CEO of Addiction Policy Forum. “We’ve done our due diligence by calling and researching providers throughout Nebraska to ensure that individuals are not taken advantage of by bad actors and patient brokers in their time of need.”

The ARC includes a comprehensive, interactive website to help individuals and families struggling with addiction learn about substance use disorders and access critical resources. This platform dispels harmful myths about addiction by presenting the science behind the disease in easy-to-read formats, guiding concerned individuals through a self-assessment tool, helping to develop a proposed action plan and providing a database of local treatment providers. The ARC also includes a telehealth service staffed by licensed clinicians and counselors that provide callers with substance use disorder information, education on treatment options, and support. Nebraska residents can call the line at 1-833-301-HELP (4357), Monday through Friday from 8AM to 5PM CT.

“The Addiction Resource Center treatment provider database offers a comprehensive list of unbiased addiction resources in every county of Nebraska,” said Danielle Tarino, APF’s Vice President of Health Information Technology. “The ARC database is a starting point for people in need, and allows individuals to use 22 different filter options -- from level of care to type of medications -- to determine what is best for them.”

Addiction Policy Forum, which has chapters in 46 states and a national office in Washington, D.C., plans to continue adding state-specific resources to its database throughout 2018. In addition to addressing addiction through community resources, APF is committed to affecting policy change at the local, state and national levels and raising awareness of the nationwide addiction crisis.

Casey Elliott
Addiction Policy Forum