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Wendy Williams Releases PSA For New Substance Abuse Hotline

Wendy Williams is no stranger to the struggle of addiction. The diva of daytime talk television has long been candid about her own past drug use, including a recent return to treatment and sober living amid months of media reports speculating about her health, marriage and sobriety.

Now, Williams is paying it forward with the recent launch of The Hunter Foundation, which provides support to others grappling with substance abuse.

The media personality, premiered a PSA for the organization, in partnership with T.R.U.S.T (Treatment Resources Using Sustainable Techniques), to promote their hotline helping those in need of treatment and support, according to a release.

“Since launching on March 11, 2019, the 888-5HUNTER drug addiction and substance abuse treatment resources hotline has received a total of 10,000 inbound calls ranging from requests for educational materials, treatment requests for detox, rehabilitation, sober living and outpatient centers, as well as calls expressing gratitude for the hotline as a resource. In addition, to date 400 inbound calls have resulted in patients being placed into treatment centers. The hotline is fully staffed by specially trained Certified Recovery Coaches that conduct assessments and match callers with individual specialized lists of short or longer-term treatment facilities. The intake process includes an evaluation on the level of care needed, as well as financial circumstances.”

And for Williams, it’s undoubtedly a full circle moment, as she has recently weathered a nearly 18-month media firestorm which included multiple hiatuses from The Wendy Williams Show.

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