How Is Wendy Williams Helping Others With Substance Abuse?

Wendy Williams began her career as a disc jockey and progressed to hosting her own daytime talk show, The Wendy Williams Show. This is where most viewers know her from.

Williams is not your average daytime talk show host. She is well-known for being incredibly open about her personal struggles, and is an advocate for substance abuse help. It is this openness with her viewership that many credit for Wendy Williams’ ongoing success in television, and her ability to bounce back viewership ratings even after they’ve dropped, which has happened on multiple occasions.

While there are several causes near and dear to the talk show host’s heart, substance abuse is the one she focuses on the most. Due to personal reasons, Wendy Williams has taken her time in the public eye as a way to help others who are suffering through addiction. But how is Wendy Williams helping others with substance abuse? Here’s what we know.

She’s open about her own struggles

Wendy Williams has millions of fans, and she has been very open with them about her own struggles with addiction. Williams has previously talked about her battle with cocaine addiction. When debuting the phone number for their addiction hotline, Williams opened up with her fan base a little more. Williams stated that, although she’d been sober for a while, it had been very difficult for her and was still an ongoing battle. For this reason, Williams had chosen to live in a sober house for an undetermined amount of time to help her cope with her problems.

It is also a well-known fact that her son, Kevin, Jr. has also struggled with addiction. It was his being given K2 that prompted the creation of the youth addiction services organization founded by Williams and her husband.

Why is her openness so important?

Being so open about addiction serves two key purposes for William’s viewers at home. First, it lets others battling substance abuse know they are not alone in their struggles. Often, this feeling of isolation is one of the biggest reasons for an addiction relapse. 

The second reason that simply talking about substance abuse helps is that it begins to break apart the stigma so many people have. When a person finds out that someone they love or respect is battling with addiction, it starts to change the way they think about the kind of people afflicted with the issue. 

While many have this set idea of who drug addicts are, that stereotype is far from accurate. Substance abuse can affect anyone – from either gender, and any age group, race, profession, or income status. 

The Hunter Foundation

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To further help those suffering from substance abuse, Wendy Williams set up The Hunter Foundation with her husband, Kevin Hunter. The Hunter Foundation is a non-profit organization that provides necessary (and vital) assistance to youth afflicted with a substance abuse disorder and provides support to their families.

The organization works with several other partners to best serve those who need them. Some of their partners provide only financial contributions, while others (like Facing Addiction with NCAAD) also provide substance abuse services. 

24/7 hotline

The Hunter Foundation has recently added a 24/7 substance abuse hotline that can be reached at 1-888-5HUNTER. The line is toll free, and was created using the idea that “a healthy body cannot operate without a healthy mind and spirit.”

Those struggling with addiction, or their families, can call the hotline at any time to get help. This includes talking with someone who will listen, as well as the ability to get connected with invaluable resources that can help aid in getting clean.