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Amy Winehouse’s Death: A Wake-Up Call for Substance Abusers?

Amy Winehouse’s life was cut tragically short this past weekend after years of known substance abuse issues. And the sad thing is this: many of us may know someone like this in our own lives. Can anything positive come out of Amy Winehouse’s death? It can if you get help for yourself or the ones you love.

Below are a few phone numbers that may help you get yourself or someone you love on the right track. It won’t always work – a person with a substance abuse problem will likely fight against help. But sometimes it does work, and it’s important to know that there is help available – both for those with substance abuse problems and for those who are only trying to help.

We’re not here to judge. We can’t say we’re surprised to learn of Amy Winehouse’s death, but the demons she had in her life were not for us to analyze. Instead, let’s take a moment to have a positive impact on a person’s life, whatever their problems may be.

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS: You can find their national website here. Also, if you want to find the nearest meeting, this page is one good place to start. This page can help get you some phone numbers outside the Lake Charles area. There’s even information about online meetings here.

NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS: The Lake Area Helpline for NA can be reached toll-free at (888) 624-3575, while another NA Lake Charles office can be reached at (337) 439-5753. Here’s the national website, and here’s their meeting locator.

FOR DEPRESSION: The National Suicide Hotline can be reached at 1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433). If you just need someone to talk to, the Suicide Prevention Hotline can be reached at 1-800-273-8255 (1-800-273-TALK). This page can also link you to a number of other websites for depression related issues.

If all else fails, talk to your pastor or priest, a psychiatrist, a law enforcement officer, a teacher or just a friend. It can and will get better.

More on Amy Winehouse via our friends at PopCrush.

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