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NYS Unveils New Hopeline


NYS Office if Alcoholism and Substance Abuse

State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) Commissioner Karen M. Carpenter-Palumbo unveiled a new toll-free telephone hopeline service 1-877-8-HOPENY offering help for alcoholism, drug abuse orproblem gambling.

The new hopeline, which takes effect starting February 1, offers assistance from clinically trained professionals on a confidential basis 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

The 1-877-8-HOPENY service is a consolidation of two former toll-free lines which have been operating in New York: 800-437-1611 for problem gambling calls and 800-522-5353 for chemical dependence.

State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) Commissioner Karen M. Carpenter-Palumbo announced a new website initiative, IAMRECOVERY.COM, to highlight stories of recovery from alcoholism, drugs or problem gambling.

Through the online "Your Story Matters" initiative, the state will support a growing movement of recovery advocates in New York,one that sheds stigma and promotes a life of health and wellness for the untold numbers of individuals in recovery.

Individuals can share their stories at www.iamrecovery.com. The stories will be posted on the website and stored in a Recovery Stories Bank which can be searched by viewers.The stories submissions do not require any identification in the submission, other than a first name and last initial, in order to respect those who wish to remain anonymous. For further information go to:

http://www.oasas.state.ny.us/index.cfm

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