Many tend to dismiss substance use as something that is only done by “a certain type of person,” but the reality is any of us could use and even become dependent on a substance. This use and dependence can lead to a variety of concerns that may impact the community. For instance, as substance use increases in an area, it is common to see an increase in school problems, workplace issues, crime, violence, emergency room visits, mental health issues and suicides. In reality, we all may be impacted by the consequences of others’ substance use. Continue Reading
ASAC’s Clinton and Jackson outpatient offices and Hightower Place, our Clinton halfway house program for women and women with children, are participating in an Integrative Services Project (ISP) grant with Family Resources (SafePath Survivor Resources). Continue Reading
Annually, ASAC’s youth residential treatment program serves 120 teens ages 13-18. CD+ changes the lives of these youth. Following is one patient’s story:
I am 16 years old and I have been at CD+ since Nov 1, 2016. I am due to graduate from the program in the next week. I have gained so much being at CD+. I have been clean for 90 days. I had a relapse early in my treatment and was angry and resentful for the first few weeks of my stay. Staff were patient and supportive of me and this helped me recover from my relapse and accept my placement in the program. Continue Reading
By: Amy Doerrfeld, Certified Prevention Specialist
Are you or a loved one ready to “Drop the Dip” in 2017? This year, The Great American Spit Out is being held on February 23rd and is an annual one day challenge to anyone who uses smokeless tobacco to quit for one day or better yet, for good. Those who take the challenge are taking an important step towards a healthier life. This initiative is done to raise awareness about the dangers associated with smokeless tobacco and the importance of quitting. Continue Reading
By: Kelly Schmidt, Certified Prevention Specialist
On Thursday, February 23, 2017, AC4C (Alliance of Coalitions for Change) will be hosting “If You Care About…” Day on the Hill for Substance Abuse Prevention. This is a day where high schoolers and coalition representatives from all across Iowa come together on Capitol Hill in Des Moines to meet with legislators to discuss issues of concern regarding youth substance use. Continue Reading
February is Heart Health Month
By: Jeffrey Meyers, Certified Prevention Specialist
With Valentine’s Day in sight, it’s not unusual to see a lot of red in February, often in conjunction with heart designs. This is especially fitting as, in addition to hosting the Valentine’s Day holiday, February is also designated as American Heart Month. This month is a time to learn about and appreciate the tremendous impact the heart has on one’s overall health, as well as the lifestyle factors that can either promote a healthy heart or risk complications. Continue Reading
Innovate Approach Requires Training and Management Oversight
By: Jeffrey Meyers, Certified Prevention Specialist in collaboration with the Jones County Safe and Healthy Youth Coalition
The Jones County Safe and Healthy Youth Coalition would like to extend its appreciation for Anamosa’s recently opened Fareway Grocery store on its proactive approach to preventing underage drinking, and its commitment to responsible service. This is demonstrated by its requirement that all clerks below 18 years of age get management approval prior to an alcohol sale, in addition to the mandated checking of all identification for persons appearing below 40 years of age. These policies, along with its mandated alcohol service training, make it stand out among other businesses in the community, going above and beyond what State law and regulations require. For this reason, Anamosa’s Fareway is most deserving of the Coalition’s Business Recognition Award as a valued partner in preventing underage drinking. Continue Reading
This past Christmas season staff, community members, businesses and organizations helped make the holidays brighter for patients in our residential programs. We would like to thank:
We are pleased to announce the newly elected officers of ASAC’s
President – Nancy Humbles, Retired, University of Iowa
Vice President – Jeff Lara, Senior Vice President, US Bank
Treasurer – Lance Dickson, VP Operations, Great American Leasing
Secretary – Jon Zirkelbach, County Supervisor, Jones County Continue Reading
By: Denise Bridges, Certified Prevention Specialist
During the spring of 2013, The Area Substance Abuse Council started began assessing different evidence based programs to implement in schools that would address Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES). If you are not aware of ACES, the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES, s) study was first conducted in the mid-1990s by investigators Dr. Vincent Felitti, with Kaiser Permanente, and Dr. Robert Anda, with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. These certain experiences are significant childhood traumas that can result in actual changes in brain development. ACEs can include: emotional abuse, physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional neglect, physical neglect, mother treated violently, household substance abuse, household mental illness, parental separation or divorce, and incarcerated household members. These experiences in a child’s life can put them at elevated risk for substance abuse, delinquency and violence.
ASAC chose the The Curriculum Based Support Group (CBSG) program to work with identified youth in schools and youth serving organizations that may fit the ACES profile. CBSG is a multi-cultural prevention program that targets male and female children between 4-17. Each group sessions is devoted to a particular research program that cover topics: Getting to Know You, How to Celebrate Someone Who is Unique; Special Qualities of each Group Members, Feelings, How to Handle Anger, What are Your Goals, How to Make Healthy Choices, Friends, and How to Deal with Peer Pressure. At the end of the 10 week session the group will review everything that they have discussed and cover in the past 10 weeks. At the ten weeks’ celebration, members will discuss their experience and make a commitment not to use alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs.
In Linn County the CBSG program has been implemented at the following schools: Franklin Middle School, Roosevelt Middle School, Harding Middle School, Mt. Vernon Middle School, Metro High School, Jane Boyd, Johnson Academy, St. Luke’s LIFE, and Heart of Iowa. Plans are being made to be implemented in Washington High School.
In Jones County, the CBSG has been implemented at Midland Elementary School.
Teachers who have has CBSG implement with their students have said the following, “CBSG Facilitators provide good conversation, established rapport, and provide community resources for girls in outside of schools and community.”
If you are interested in the Curriculum Based Support Group for your school or community group, please contact Erin Foster Director of Linn County Prevention Services, Area Substance Abuse Council at 319-390-1884.