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Families Against Narcotics, McLaren help hospital patients struggling with addiction

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Families Against Narcotics, McLaren help hospital patients struggling with addiction

There's a new tool in Flint and Lapeer, helping to fight the opioid crisis.

It's similar to Hope Not Handcuffs.

But instead of a police department, those struggling with addiction can head to the hospital.

“When you're trying to help a loved one through addiction you're clawing and scratching for answers,” said Aaron Rubio.

One parent who knows the struggle of addiction all too well is now trying to get those answers to families, faster.

“They leave with a resource of where to call, what to do and they don't follow through,” he said.

FAN Regional Director Aaron Rubio watched his son battle a heroin addiction back in 2011.

“Sometimes we’re told our passions choose us and in this case this passion has chosen me through my life experiences,” he said.

Aaron's son is now three years sober. After having success with Hope Not Handcuffs with local police agencies, Rubio wanted to expand the reach.

So he's replicated the program at McLaren, calling it Hope And Healing.

“This will allow more of a direct handoff and we can come and grab someone in treatment if they're willing and have them in treatment same day,” he said.

“Our most important goal is to take care of that patient and make sure our community is safe,” said Denyatta Henry.

McLaren's Denyatta Henry says they see at least one person struggling with an addiction every day. She believes the program will help reduce emergency room visits and cut down on readmissions.

“With the healthcare crisis readmissions can be very costly from a healthcare stand point,” she said.

While it may be cheaper, Rubio believes this will do more than save money.

“Everybody is going to get help. Families will get help, those struggling with addiction are going to help, and the hospital will get help making sure they provide a full continuum of care so it's a win, win, win,” he said.

If you want to volunteer to be an Angel, who helps with paperwork, and provides emotional support until patients get into treatment, click here.