Elderly Alcoholism Intervention Dubuque IA

The Golden Years do not come gently into our lives and unfortunately we may not be prepared for it. Suddenly we find ourselves retired from our jobs and we must prepare ourselves for a new way of life. Many of us have hobbies. Some people volunteer to work for organizations. Many relocate away from family and friends and swear that they are off to experience a new way of life.

Mercy Medical Center
Mercy Turning Point Treatment Center
250 Mercy Drive, 2nd Floor,
Dubuque, IA52001
(563) 589-8000
www.mercydubuque.com

Intake Phone Numbers:
(563) 589-8290

Hotline Phone Numbers: (563) 589-8280

Services Offered: Substance abuse treatment, Detoxification

Residency: Hospital inpatient, Outpatient

Payment Accepted: Self payment, Medicaid, Medicare, Private health insurance, Military insurance (e.g., VA,TRICARE)

Specializing in Adolescents

Here are some additional facts so you can get to know us better:
A not for profit Catholic hospital
Beds:
Beds for 263 patients at Mercy - Dubuque
Beds for 25 patients at Mercy - Dyersville, a critical access hospital
Beds for 40 residents at Oak Crest Manor at Mercy - Dyersville.
Staff: More than 1,200 employees and medical staff of 230
Volume: 55,000 inpatients and outpatients annually
Service area: Dubuque, Iowa and surrounding counties in Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin
Accreditation: The Joint Commission
Recognition: MagnetTM designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center in 2004 & re-designation in 2009, and named one of the nation's 100 Top Hospitals for 2008 by Thomson Reuters, a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of health care.
Mercy Medical Center is a member of Mercy Health Network in Iowa, and is a Ministry Organization of Trinity Health based in Novi, Michigan.
Substance Abuse Services Center Inc
799 Main Street, Suite 110,
Dubuque, IA52001
(563) 582-3784
www.sasc-dbq.org

Services Offered: Substance abuse treatment

Residency: Outpatient

Payment Accepted: Self payment, Medicaid, State financed insurance (other than Medicaid), Private health insurance, Military insurance (e.g., VA,TRICARE), Access to Recovery

Payment Assistance: Sliding fee scale (fee is based on income and other factors), Payment assistance (Check with facility for details)

Languages: ASL or other assistance for hearing impaired, Portuguese, Spanish

Specializing in Adolescents, Persons with co-occurring mental and substance abuse disorders, Women, Men, DUI/DWI offenders, Criminal justice clients

SASC is located in the beautiful Mississippi River valley in Dubuque, Iowa. Since 1975, SASC has been providing services to individuals and families in the tri-state area.
SASC is a not-for-profit agency governed by a volunteer Board of Directors comprised of citizens of Dubuque and Delaware Counties in Iowa. SASC is licensed both as a Substance Abuse Treatment Program and as a Problem Gambling Treatment Program by the Iowa Department of Public Health.
Our Mission - our ultimate purpose
To provide quality counseling, education, and support services to address alcohol, drug, and gambling concerns while promoting physical and mental wellness.
Our Vision - what we aspire to do
We will work together everyday with integrity and compassion to provide a comprehensive recovery-oriented system of care and to be recognized as a provider of choice.
Sojourn House Inc
706 South West Street,
Galena, IL61036
(815) 777-1104
www.sojournhouse.com

Intake Phone Numbers:
(815) 232-5121

Services Offered: Substance abuse treatment

Residency: Outpatient

Payment Accepted: Self payment, Medicaid, Private health insurance, Military insurance (e.g., VA,TRICARE)

Payment Assistance: Sliding fee scale (fee is based on income and other factors)

Specializing in DUI/DWI offenders

Sojourn House, Inc. provides confidential, comprehensive alcohol and other drug treatment and counseling services to adolescents, adults, and their families, empowering them to achieve productive and healthy lives.

Our mission is achieved by:

Deploying state-of-the-art treatment through skilled professional services.
Spearheading community-based programs on issues of substance abuse.
Total dedication to client/family health and well being.

Road to Recovery: The Elderly and Alcoholism

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Road to Recovery: The Elderly and Alcoholism

Carol Greenberg

Friday, September 14, 2007 Perhaps, the most difficult thing for people of advanced years to do is to give up an old habit. That habit of drinking too much alcohol. It may have started out as a cocktail or two before dinner followed with a glass of wine with dinner and maybe a brandy before bedtime but now that we find ourselves in the Golden Years and with time on our hands the drinking may have increased and we have become alcoholics. Of course, we would never admit it. We stay in denial until well meaning friends or family members tell us that we drink too much. Naturally, we become defensive and sometimes very nasty and tell them to mind their own business. This attitude has divided families and chased away friends.

The Golden Years do not come gently into our lives and unfortunately we may not be prepared for it. Suddenly we find ourselves retired from our jobs and we must prepare ourselves for a new way of life. Many of us have hobbies. Some people volunteer to work for organizations. Many relocate away from family and friends and swear that they are off to experience a new way of life. Others stay at home, become depressed, or too ill to contemplate a change. Illness, doctors, a lack of family involvement, and the horror of facing death can be the cause of many cases of depression. And, depression can lead to drowning one's sorrows in that bottle of alcohol.

Mildred B., a seventy year old grandmother, thought she was handling her retirement well. She volunteered at the library, walked her dog, and enjoyed preparing her own meals. Every evening she would prepare a Martini and eat dinner watching TV. As time passed she began to have two Martinis and then three and would skip dinner entirely. Her children noticed her mood swings and became worried when they would call and she would ramble over the phone. They knew that she had been drinking but did not know how to stop her. Finally, one night, after she had too much she fell asleep in her chair and when suddenly awakened, stood up, fell and broke her hip.

This is not an unusual story. I spoke to Dr. James Kohl, an orthopedist, who told me that many of his elderly patients come to his office with fractures, broken bones, or worse, and the first thing he asks them if they are alcoholics. If they deny it he gives them a written test prepared by John Hopkins University. He confirmed that blackouts are common among alcoholics, especially the elderly. He said, although many people can drink socially and in moderation, as we age, that ability diminishes, though few of us realize it. Our motor skills naturally decrease, and the risk of falling increases. Many seniors, for example take medications for high blood pressure, heart disease and more. Mixing alcohol with those medications can be lethal.

I also interviewed Dr. Sharon Richter, a certified addictions counselor, who explained that much of the alcohol problem to the m...

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