New Video Campaign Promoting Helpline Resource Aims to Reach Thousands of Illinoisans Struggling with Drug Addiction

October 1, 2019

In just two short years, Illinois’ Helpline for Opioids and Other Substances has fielded more than 16,700 calls and 40,000 visitors to

Clearly, Illinois was in serious need of this valuable resource. 

But there are still thousands of Illinoisans who need help. 

That’s why the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) has launched a statewide video campaign to increase awareness of this critical 24-hour resource and reduce the stigma often associated with substance abuse. The videos, which will appear on TV and the IDHS YouTube page, feature individual stories of recovery and spotlight organizations that provide these much-needed services. 

Each video’s title begins with “Help is Here,” and that is the message of the Helpline: Anyone struggling with substance abuse can get help any time by calling 1-833-2FINDHELP or visiting

The Illinois Helpline for Opioids and Other Substances was launched in 2017 to fight drug overdoses by connecting those affected by substance use disorder, including their loved ones, with treatment and recovery options. 

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