Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) Dubuque IA

It is widely understood that about 1 in 10 people have the disease of alcoholism. That 10% of the population includes all races, creeds, ages, sexes, religions, and all other factors. Alcoholism does not discriminate any of these; it simple exists when the individual has the threefold illness.

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.

The Truth about Alcoholism and Alcoholics Anonymous

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The Truth about Alcoholism and Alcoholics Anonymous

Cindy Weir

Friday, September 14, 2007 I have read many articles on the subject of alcoholism and AA. Most are full of misinformation, misunderstanding and untruth. This is my attempt, as a member of Alcoholics Anonymous, to help you understand this cunning, baffling and powerful disease and how AA helps us live sober, one day at a time.

The disease of alcoholism, (yes, it's a disease), is a threefold illness- physical, mental and spiritual. There is no cure for alcoholism. What we have is recovery and discovery. It is not a program of self-improvement of self-help. It is a program of self-discovery.

It is widely understood that about 1 in 10 people have the disease of alcoholism. That 10% of the population includes all races, creeds, ages, sexes, religions, and all other factors. Alcoholism does not discriminate any of these; it simple exists when the individual has the threefold illness.

The first aspect of the disease is physical. An alcoholic processes alcohol differently than the "normal" drinker. Of course the term normal includes all ranges of drinkers. But only the alcoholic develops what is known as the phenomenon of craving. In essence, an alcoholic is allergic to alcohol. This allergy manifests itself in this craving making it impossible for us to stop drinking. It is the FIRST drink that gets us drunk, not the last. When one drink is ingested it sets off this phenomenon of craving and makes us want more and more and more. We do not stop until we pass out, black out, go to jail, experience many consequences, and/or die.

The mental obsession is the second aspect of the disease of alcoholism. This obsession crowds out all other thoughts, including the reminders of all the pain, heartache, injury or other consequence that we have experienced. The disease of alcoholism centers in the mind. Therefore, the mind of the alcoholic cannot differentiate between the true and the false. We have just as much a thinking problem as we do a drinking problem.

If these two aspects sound grim, that is because they are what leads us to the desperation, futility and hopelessness that we feel while we are in the throes of the disease. We are either drinking, or we are thinking about drinking. Either way, we have no positive results.

This leads us to the third aspect of alcoholism- the spiritual. An alcoholic must experience an entire psychic change to overcome the physical and mental parts of our disease. There is a "black hole" that we feel and all we know to do is fill it with alcohol. Yet alcohol is only a symptom, our temporary solution to help us not have to feel. We self-medicate, and once we put any form of alcohol, including some in pill form, we set off this allergy/phenomenon of craving and we are gone. And, when we are not drinking, all we can do is obsess over the next drink- when and how we're going to get it. It is a vicious, never-ending cycle which leaves t...

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