In honor of the 30th annual National Recovery Month -- and as part of our ongoing efforts to help combat the opioid crisis --Google will launch new tools and features for the over 23 million Americans in recovery, millions more who are on a pathway to recovery, and their friends and family. People come to Google every day to seek information on addiction and recovery; in fact, just last month, we saw an all-time high in search interest for “rehab near me,” “addiction treatment near me,” and “how to help an addict.” See below for the most recent “how to” searches for “addiction”:
On Thursday, September 12, every visitor to google.com in the U.S. will see a home page promotion aimed to spread awareness about recovery tools. This will link to our brand new website, “Recover Together,” which provides a slew of resources and brand new tools to those in recovery, including the following:
Google Maps Locator Tools: Recovery support services are invaluable in helping people after treatment. Google will launch two brand new tools to connect people with recovery resources:
Recovery Maps Locator: this tool will allow users to quickly find 33,000+ locations that offer recovery support services (including school-based support and family support services). It shows 80,000+ recovery support meetings all across the country (AA, NA, Al-Anon meetings, SmartRecovery, etc.)
Naloxone Locator: a special locator will let users easily and quickly find Naloxone, the opioid overdose-reversal drug, without a prescription. The tool will include at least 20,000 locations (CVS, Rite-Aid, Walgreens) in 50 states. The site will also have more information about the availability and life-saving capability of this medication. Soon, we will also surface these locations in response to Google Maps queries for naloxone.
YouTube Videos: 8 videos of people in recovery, featured on the site, including one Googler whose story is also featured in the social campaign.
Treatment Resources: to help people who are affected by substance use, we’re highlighting the National Institute of Drug Abuse screener AND state-specific Helpline resources (LINK) to help people find help for substance abuse in their own community.
Why it Matters:
• An estimated 1 in 10 American adults are in recovery--meaning they have overcome problems with addiction.
• Yet the latest national survey estimates that over 21 million Americans still have a problem with substance use.
• But recovery affects whole families, too: in fact, addiction impacts one in three American households.
Quote from Surgeon General: “I urge more Americans to carry Naloxone, a potentially life-saving medication that can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. For many people, knowing how to use Naloxone and keeping it within reach can save a life. In most states, it is available without a prescription--and because of Google, it’s now even easier to find places to get it.” - U.S. Surgeon General VADM Jerome M. Adams