FacingAddiction, which has now merged with NCADD, has recently launched a Resource Addiction Hub which can be found on their website. The Hub allows you to identify resources as varied as treatment, counseling, recovery, advocacy, legal, and prevention, giving two options: find it or map it. It is not only a convenient way to find resources where you live; it is a handy tool to refer to when you are traveling or simply away visiting friends. Congrats to those who put together such a useful tool --- definitely worth checking out! FacingAddiction.org
If you scroll along the map that is provided, you’ll find most resources are concentrated in major cities. Notice all the empty spaces around the cities. They’re not really empty -- thousands of people live in those empty areas and some of those desperately need the services that are found only in cities. Besides being a good resource tool, the Hub provides a clear visual of the dilemma experienced by those who live in rural areas. In some rural areas where there are resources, there is only a single resource. Burn your bridges at that particular facility, and rely on the mercy of public transportation (which often doesn’t exist in rural areas), and you may find yourself--as we say here in rural areas--caught between a rock and a hard stone.