By Carol Hopp |
Alcohol abuse or dependence costs the U.S. economy $185 billion each year. This is more than double what the USDA recorded was spent on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, previously known as the food stamps program, in 2013. More concerning is that, even with spending this large amount, out of the estimated 23 million Americans that need treatment for a substance use disorder, only 10% actually receive services. One of the reasons for this gap in treatment is the lack of diagnosis. There is some good news, however. The Iowa Department of Public Health has identified an evidenced-based program to help identify, reduce, and prevent misuse, abuse, and dependence on alcohol and other drugs. It’s called SBIRT: Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment. The program consists of: Continue reading
By Deborah Jacobi, Associate Director |
Not surprisingly, the drizzle on our first Monday night during Holiday Lights wasn’t a big draw. I trust our 29 cars enjoyed being able to take their time enjoying the Lights. It was a slow night with a surprise. Continue reading
Tom and Barbara Massman of Tom Massman Construction, have come up with a unique idea for giving back to their customers this holiday season.
As a thank you to each of their 2014 patrons and as an investment in the futures of local children, they have chosen to give to Youth Mentoring at Helping Services for Northeast Iowa. The Massman’s made a monetary donation in the name of every patron of the past year. These gifts will be used to connect youth with a role model, helping them aspire, achieve, and develop to their fullest potential.
Pictured left to right: David Runyon, Executive Director of Helping Services, Kathy Schwartzhoff, Mentoring Coordinator, Tom Massman, Barbara Massman, and Travis Massman.
By Carol Hopp |
Society is always changing directions in terms of what is acceptable and what is not. We hear about the best ways to raise our children, the best plan to make healthcare affordable for everyone, and the best people to be in public office. Another hot topic is marijuana. Is it the best move to make it legal? Is it safe? Is it healthy? Is it medicine? How will it affect our childrens’ future? These tough questions must be asked and answered before society decides what to believe.
By Jenny Stolka |
Over-the-counter medications and prescription drugs are increasingly abused because they are available and easily accessible to all ages. If each of us takes the opportunity to educate ourselves, we can begin to affect this progressive, scary, and deadly trend of over-the-counter misuse and prescription drug abuse. Continue reading