A television host who has been open about struggling with substance abuse has launched a substance abuse hotline. The New York Post’s Page Six reports that Wendy Williams launched the hotline through her Hunter Foundation and in partnership with T.R.U.S.T.
“The national resource hotline 1-888-5HUNTER (1-888-548-6837) will provide various resources to those suffering, their families or the general public to receive education and awareness information, the talk show host announced,” The Post reports, adding: “Williams, 54, has been open about her past 10-year battle with crack and cocaine use.”
The announcement comes on the heels of Williams’ return last week as host of her daytime show following a hiatus of more than two months. She has been dealing with health issues including Graves’ disease.
“The 24-hour hotline will be fully staffed by trained Certified Recovery Coaches who will conduct assessments and match callers with short- or longer-term treatment facilities including detox, rehabilitation, sober living and outpatient centers, according to a news release,” The Post reports. “The intake process will also include an evaluation on the level of care needed, which drugs or substances are being used, as well as financial circumstances, to match the patient with facilities that may accept Medicaid, self-pay or private insurance.”
In a statement, Williams said: “We must all come together to respond to this crisis of addiction and substance abuse. Everyone is at risk from the inner cities to more affluent communities. My family and I are very proud to partner with T.R.U.S.T. to get people the help that they so desperately need, especially if they or their families have given up hope. There is hope.”
The report quotes Williams discussing her history with drug addiction following her return to the show.
Said Williams: “Once you’re a substance abuser, you have to battle that for the rest of your life. I’ve told you about my 10-year ride with the cocaine and the crack. Oh, yes, crack is wack — but it was very good to me at a particularly stupid point in my life. … I was a mess, functioning, killing myself. I realize that I am a walking addict. Do you know what I’m saying? You can’t just clean it up and stop it and think it’s not going to affect you.”