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Wendy Williams Starts Substance Abuse Hotline After Returning to Show

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Wendy Williams is launching a substance abuse hotline to help victims struggling with drug addiction and substance abuse.

On Monday’s episode of The Wendy Williams Show, the 54-year-old announced a new hotline, 1-888-5HUNTER (1-888-548-6837). Created by Williams’ family, The Hunter Foundation hopes to help those struggling with this national resource hotline.

The news comes one week after Williams’ return to her show after a hiatus due to health issues.

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“The Hunter Foundation launched a 24-hour nationwide hotline to offer treatment resources to get help for you if you happen to be addicted to drugs and substance abusing,” Williams told viewers.

“What you do is you call, and your call will be answered by specially-trained, certified recovery coaches. These people will provide you, should you want help, with referrals and treatment facilities. If that’s you, we’re here to help.”

“We must all come together to respond to this crisis of addiction and substance abuse,” Williams said in a press release. “Everyone is at risk from the inner cities to more affluent communities. My family and I are very proud to partner with T.R.U.S.T. to get people the help that they so desperately need, especially if they or their families have given up hope. There is hope.”

Williams has been open about her struggle with addiction. “I was a functioning addict,” she told ET. “I would report to work on time and I walked in and all of my coworkers, and including my bosses, would know but instead of firing me, you see, I would grab my headphones and arrogantly walk into the studio and dare them fire me because I was making ratings.”

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