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We need your help to empower families struggling with substance use disorder. Urge your Members of Congress to cosponsor H.R. 5572 in the House and S. 3179 in the Senate, the Family Support Services for Addiction Act.
Support H.R. 5572 and S. 3179 Family Support Services for Addiction Act
Dear [Decision Maker],
I write to urge you to cosponsor H.R. 5572 in the House and S.3179 in the Senate, the Family Support Services for Addiction Act, to provide critical resources to those struggling with substance use disorder and their loved ones. This legislation fills a gaping hole that exists at the federal level for addiction resources by providing family programs with support and funding for their critical services.
Too often, when families are struggling with substance use disorder, they are told to kick their loved one out of the house and let them hit "rock bottom." In the age of fentanyl, this can be deadly advice. Rather than being told to wait passively for the illusive "rock bottom" moment, families need to be supported and empowered with tools so that they can be part of the solution. Family support services include family training and education, family therapy, systems navigation to help families locate or access resources, crisis and/or loss and grief support. The evidence is strong, that when family members are involved in their loved one's treatment, outcomes are better.
As a concerned constituent, I urge you to take further action on the addiction issue by cosponsoring H.R. 5572 in the House and S. 3179 in the Senate.