This Month: Substance Abuse
We have all seen the statistics. According to the Substance Abuse and Social Services Administration: 88,000 alcohol-related deaths including 10,000 annual vehicle fatalities; 33,000 overdose deaths from other drugs; high correlation with crime and domestic violence; ruined careers, shattered families and hurt children.
In 2009, approximately 23.5 millions Americans needed treatment for an illicit drug or alcohol abuse problem. Of these, only 11% received treatment at a special facility, indicating people with drug and alcohol issues are not seeking or receiving the treatment they require. Almost 25% of Americans admit to binge drinking once a month.
So, what to do if you or someone close to you has a drug or alcohol problem?
Answer: Get Help.
This may be the hardest thing you've ever done, but it beats the alternative. IF your own life is in a downward spiral, it's your chance to get that life back. If it's someone else's, it's your chance to help that someone and begin to unwind the associated suffering and sadness that clings to addiction.
So... what to do if you are confronted with a substance abuse issue, yourself or others?
If it is a crisis situation, call 911.
Here are some area organizations that can lead you to the help you need:
Alcoholics Anonymous and its 12-step program have been helping addicts get their lives in order since 1935. They provide treatment assistance for alcoholism, substance abuse and opiate addition. They offer therapy for individuals, families and groups. Call 715-426-0820 or 800-471-9876.
River Falls Alano Club hosts Al-Alon meetings several times each week for people with addictions and their families. Anyone whose life is or has been affected by close contact with a problem drinker is invited. They are located at W9896 770th Avenue, River Falls. Call 800-471-9876.
Servant of the Shepherd Church is a River Falls congregations of recovering addicts and alcoholics (and their families and friends) striving to serve God by loving His people. They are located at 103 N. Fourth Street, River Falls. Sunday Services are held at 11am, followed by noon fellowship and a meal. Call 715-425-6910.
Kinnic Falls Alcohol and Substance Abuse Treatment Services offers residential inpatient treatment so patients can focus solely on recovery in a safe environment. They also have a sober-living halfway facility that is safe and substance free for people going through recovery. They are located at 900 S. Orange Street, River Falls. Call 715-426-5950.
Vibrant Health Family Clinic Your family physician is a good person to advise you on treatment options and other services available in the area. Located at 1687 E. Division Street, River Falls. Call 715-425-6701.
First Covenant Church (River Falls) Pastor Brian shares that if a person comes to the pastoral staff with an addiction issue, the staff will connect that person to specialized resources as quickly as possible. Their goal would be to walk with that person as they enter into the treatment process and provide spiritual resources that are often significant to treatment success.
How Can I Help in Prayer?
- People with substance abuse issues and the people around them. That they may confront the problem and take advantage of some of the treatment options.
- The professionals and others who have made it their work to help people with addictions.
- For redemption and healing for all the shame, sorrow and regrets from the past. Treatment offers a new beginning for body and soul.
- For courage. If you know someone who needs help, do something, be brave, be a hero. Whatever you do, don't do nothing. That would be a tragedy.
"And the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast." 1 Peter 5:10