Westwood Behavioral Health Center is here to help.
Over the last twelve months, Westwood Behavioral Health Center has helped increase awareness around the rising opioid crisis in Van Wert and Paulding counties. The H.I.T.S. campaign has shared tips and insight with community members on how they can play their part and help put an end to the local and national opioid epidemic. The goal of the H.I.T.S. campaign has been to:
- Increase awareness that opioids can be addictive and dangerous.
- Reduce the number of individuals using these drugs inappropriately.
- Let those who have been affected know that they are not alone and have a team of professionals here to support them.
“It’s important that those who are struggling understand they have a local resource they can turn to. Someone they can lean on for advice, support and solutions for combatting this crisis. Our team of counselors offer just that – ongoing advice, techniques and support for those who have been or may be affected.” – Mark Spieles, CEO at Westwood Behavioral.
As the opioid epidemic widens, Spieles urges that it’s important to know how to prevent addiction before it even starts.
“Our team is here to help educate and offer advice on how parents, family members, teachers and others can deter youth and adults from the dangers of opioid addiction – and also learn how to recognize that an addiction is present.” – Spieles.
What does H.I.T.S. stand for?
- Help Identify the Struggle.
- Help Identify the Signs.
- Help Identify the Solutions.
The opioid epidemic hits hard, hits home and hits here in our local community.
Not only does the H.I.T.S. campaign have the potential to reduce the amount of overdoses and provide support to those who are affected – whether it be addicts, family members or friends – but it also provides the opportunity to raise awareness and help others avoid a path to addiction.
Where Can You Find Local Support?
The team at Westwood Behavioral Health Center wants all community members to know that they are just a phone call or visit away.
Whether you are directly affected by the use of opioids, know someone who has been affected, or want to help raise awareness to the opioid epidemic, we encourage you to reach out and contact us. If you or someone you know is in crisis or needs immediate intervention, please call 800-567-4673 or text 4HOPE to 741741. We have a team of licensed professionals who are here and ready to help.