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Behavioral Health Is Essential to Health. Prevention Works. People Recover. Treatment is Effective.
•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.
September is National Recovery Month
National Recovery Month, now in its 25th year, highlights individuals who have reclaimed their lives and are living happy and healthy lives in long-term recovery and also honors the prevention, treatment, and recovery service providers who make recovery possible. Recovery Month promotes the message that recovery in all its forms is possible, and also encourages citizens to take action to help expand and improve the availability of effective prevention, treatment, and recovery services for those in need.
National Recovery Month is a national observance that educates Americans on the fact that addiction treatment and mental health services can enable those with a substance use and/or mental disorder to live a healthy and rewarding life. The observance's main focus is to praise the gains made by those in recovery from these conditions, just as we would those who are managing other health conditions. Recovery Month spreads the positive message that behavioral health is essential to overall health, prevention works, treatment is effective, and people can and do recover. There are milions of Americans whose lives have been transformed through recovery.
Join The Voices for Recovery -- Get Involved
- Inspirational Quotes
- Voices For Recovery - Share Your Story
If you or someone you know is struggling with a substance use and/or mental disorder, contact SASC. You can help yourself or someone you love take the first step toward recovery.
Manchester Mayor Milt Kramer Signs National Recovery Month Proclamation
Dubuque Mayor Roy Buol Signs National Recovery Month Proclamation
National Council Applauds President Obama's Nomination of Michael Botticelli for Office of National Drug Control Policy
A Holistic Guide to Whole-Person Wellness
For people with substance use and mental health conditions, wellness is not the absence of disease, illness or stress, but the presence of purpose in life, active involvement in satisfying work and play, joyful relationships, a healthy body and living environmment, and happiness.
Wellness means overall well-being. It incorporates the mental, emotional, physical, occupational, intellectual, and spiritual aspects of a person's life. Each aspect of wellness can affect overall quality of life, so it is important to consider all aspects of health. This is especially important for people with mental health and substance use conditions because wellness directly relates to the quality and longevity of your life.
SASC encourages everyone to incorporate into their lives the Eight Dimensions of Wellness.
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.