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•Walk-in substance abuse evaluations available in the Dubuque office every Wednesday from 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
•Substance abuse evaluations available in the Manchester office by appointment only - call 563-927-5112.
October is National Substance Abuse Prevention Month
October is National Substance Abuse Prevention Month, a month-long observance that focuses on the role substance abuse prevention plays in promoting safe and healthy communities.
Substance Abuse in America
Use of substances, including underage drinking and the non-medical use of prescription and over-the-counter medications, significantly affects the health and well-being of American youth and people of all ages:
- In 2013, an estimated 8.7 million people ages 12 to 20 reported drinking alcohol during the past month. That means there are more American youth who have engaged in underage drinking than there are people living in the state of Virginia.
- Approximately 25 million Americans age 12 and older were current illicit drug users. The most commonly used drugs were marijuana (19.8 million current users) and non-medical use of prescription medications.
More than 17 million Americans age 12 and older were classified with alcohol dependence or abuse.
- Heavy alcohol use can cause serious damage to the body and affect the heart, liver, nervous system, digestive system, and immune system.
- Alcohol was a factor in approximately 31 percent of deaths from motor vehicle crashes in 2012.
Stopping substance abuse before it begins can increase a person's chances of living a longer, healthier, and more productive life.
What You Can Do to Prevent Substance Abuse
Preventing substance abuse in your community starts with you. Here are a few ideas:
- Show your commitment to prevention by taking the National Prevention Week Prevention Pledge. Share the pledge with friends and family, community centers, faith-based organizations, schools, community leaders, and organizations interested in supporting healthy communities.
- Host an event in your neighborhood or community to raise awareness about substance abuse.
- Share and discuss your commitment to preventing substance abuse with others.
- Throw a substance-free party in October to celebrate football season, a birthday, Halloween, or another occasion.
- Re-post some of the facts above on your social media page, blog, or website and visit the National Substance Abuse Prevention Month website to learn about more ways to get involved.
- Building Blocks for a Healthy Future – a website that provides parents, caregivers, and teachers of children aged 3 to 6 the opportunity to find tips, materials, and ideas for spending time with their children and learning together.
- Talk. They Hear You. – an underage drinking prevention campaign that helps parents and caregivers start talking to their children early—as early as 9 years old—about the dangers of alcohol.
- Too Smart to Start – a website dedicated to helping youth, families, educators, and communities prevent underage alcohol use and its related problems.
Above information provided through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
News About Red Ribbon Week October 23 - 31
The National Family Partnership organized the first Nationwide Red Ribbon Campaign.
NFP provides drug awareness by sponsoring the annual National Red Ribbon Celebration. Since its beginning in 1985, the Red Ribbon has touched the lives of millions of people around the world. In response to the murder of DEA Agent Enrique Camarena, angered parents and youth in communities across the country began wearing Red Ribbons as a symbol of their commitment to raise awareness of the killing and destruction caused by drugs in America.
In 1988, NFP sponsored the first National Red Ribbon Celebration. Today, the Red Ribbon serves as a catalyst to mobilize communitites to educate youth and encourage participation in drug prevention activities. Since that time, the campaign has reached millions of U.S. chidlren and families.
Eight Dimensions of Wellness
1. Emotional - Coping effectively with life's challenges.
- Be aware of your feelings.
- Express yourself to others.
- Seek support for coping with upsetting emotions.
2. Environmental - Finding a pleasant, stimulating environment that supports well-being.
- Paint a wall, organize a closet, or donate household items you don't need.
- Take a walk or seek out music and other experiences that have a calming effect.
3. Financial - Finding satisfaction with current and future financial situations.
- Be thoughtful and creative about budgeting and spending.
- Plan and prepare for the future and open bank and saving accounts.
4. Intellectual - Recognizing creative abilities and finding ways to expand knowledge and skills.
- Take a class or read a book, and share what you learned with others.
- Create a scrapbook or a discussion group.
- Research a topic that interests you.
5. Occupational - Personal satisfaction and enrichment through work and school.
- Ensure your job (paid or unpaid) supports your well-being.
- Communicate with your supervisor regularly and get support when needed.
- Take work and/or study breaks.
6. Physical - Recognizing the need for physical activity, healthy foods and sleep.
- Stay active by taking the stairs and walking instead of driving.
- Make healthy food choices.
- Get enough sleep. This is as important as diet and exercise.
- See your primary care doctor regularly.
7. Social - Connecting with others and developing a support system.
- Make a list of supportive family, friends, co-workers, and peers.
- Make at least one connection per day by calling, emailing, or visiting someone.
- Join a club, social group, or supprot group.
- Volunteer with an organization whose interests you share.
- Get involved in peer support.
8. Spiritual - Expanding your sense of purpose and meaning in life.
- Make time for practices that enhance your sense of connection to self, nature, or others.
- Find a community that shares your spiritual outlook.