September 2012 Newsletter

September’s Offline Happenings!

National Recovery Month

September 3, 2012
Labor Day Holiday
Please don’t drink and drive!

September 6, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Siouxland CARES Advisory Board/SPF SIG Committee
Siouxland Chamber of Commerce, 101 Pierce Street
Sioux City, Iowa

Sunday, September 9, 7:00 p.m.
NCYL Youth Salute
Eppley Auditorium, Morningside College
Ninety high school seniors from the tri-state area will be honored for their service to our schools and community.  Open to the public.

September 14, 8:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Criminal Minds:  Working with Criminal & Addictive Thinking

Jackson Recovery Centers
Peter Waitt Education Center
800 5th Street, Sioux City, Iowa
(712) 234-2300

September 18, 7:45 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Infectious Disease Symposium 2012 – Infection Prevention and Long Term Care
Early Registration Fees:
Registrations received or postmarked on or before September 10: $89
Late Registration Fees: Registrations received or postmarked after September 10: $99
Free for Nursing Students and Medical Tech Students!
Sioux City Convention Center, 801 Fourth Street, Sioux City, Iowa
Phone: 712-279-2507 or
Sponsored by Mercy Medical Center


October 3, 2012
Healthiest State Initiative 1K Walk

October 12, 2012, 7:45 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Protecting Families Fall Conference
Sioux City Convention Center, Sioux City, Iowa
Mercy Medical Educational Services Department, (712) 279-2507
Early Registration Fees: Received or postmarked on or before September 28: $50
Late Registration Fees: Received or postmarked after September 28: $60
Sponsored by:  Mercy Medical Center and Mercy Child Advocacy Center

Monday, October 15, 5:00 p.m.
Young Ambassador Recognition Event
Long Lines Family Rec Center, Sioux City, Iowa
Monday, October 15, 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Red Ribbon Week and Character Counts Week Kick Off
Long Lines Family Rec Center, Sioux City, Iowa


MYTH:  You can stop using drugs at any time.
FACT:  Withdrawal sickness, believing you must have drugs, and being around people who use can make stopping drug use difficult.  But, there are people and programs that can help.   

The Current Mental Health and Substance Use Landscape – And The Promise of Recovery
Recovery Month (Recovery Month) ( is a national observance that educates Americans on the fact that addiction treatment and mental health services can enable those with a mental and/or substance use disorder to live a healthy and rewarding life.  The observance’s main focus is to laud the gains made by those in recovery from these conditions, just as we would those who are managing other health conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, asthma, and heart disease.
Mental and/or substance use disorders and recovery from these disorders are prevalent in people of every ethnicity, age, gender, geographic region, and socioeconomic level. Approximately 45.9 million adults aged 18 or older had a mental illness in the past year, and about 11.4 million adults aged 18 or older had a serious mental illness.  Additionally, 22.1 million Americans aged 12 or older were classified with substance dependence or abuse (substance use disorders).  Of these people, 17.9 million met the criteria for alcohol dependence or abuse.
Mental illnesses include major depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and borderline personality disorder.  These illnesses can result in severe functional impairment, substantially interfering with or limiting one or more of a person’s major life activities.  They can also disrupt relationships with family members, friends, co-workers, and neighbors.
Substance use is another common problem.  People with substance use disorders have problems with misuse, dependence on, or addiction to alcohol, tobacco, and/or illicit or prescription drugs.  Substance use disorders include both physical and mental symptoms.  Similar to many other health conditions, genetics can play a role in the development of a substance use disorder.
The positive news is that millions of Americans are in recovery from mental and/or substance use disorders today.  SAMHSA defines recovery from mental and/or substance use disorders as a process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential.
SAMHSA supplements this definition with four major dimensions that support a life in recovery:
■ Health:  Overcome or manage one’s disease(s) or symptoms – and make informed, healthy choices that support physical and emotional well-being;
■ Home:  Have a stable and safe place to live;
■ Purpose:  Participate in meaningful daily activities, such as a job, school, volunteer opportunities, family caretaking, or creative endeavors, and have the independence, income, and resources to participate in society; and
■ Community:  Enjoy relationships and social networks that provide support, friendship, love, and hope.
People in long-term recovery can gain a sense of pride from helping those in need, and individuals beginning their road to recovery can learn from their experiences.  While each person experiences his or her own unique journey, for many people, recovery:
■ Emerges from hope;
■ Is person-driven;
■ Occurs via many pathways;
■ Is holistic;
■ Is supported by peers and allies;
■ Is supported by relationships and social networks;
■ Is culturally based and influenced;
■ Is supported by addressing trauma;
■ Involves individual, family, and community strengths and responsibilities; and
■ Is based on respect.
Various sources for above detailed in the National Recovery Month Guide, September 2012:
  24/7 Treatment Referral: 1-800-662-HELP (4357)


Watch for the 2012 Clear Channel Radio/Siouxland CARES Parent Guide coming this October!

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Siouxland CARES maintains a list of 14 agencies that conduct Substance Abuse Evaluations.  Go to, Resources and Links.

Bullying Information
Contact the Boys Town National Hot Line,
1-800-448-3000 or
the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline,
1-800-273-8255 or
A Youth Counseling Hotline,
Additional Resources: or 

Find out more about the beSomebody campaign by connecting to the Siouxland CARES website at or or Like us on beSomebody Facebook page.

Congratulations to the $25 Gas Card Winners from our 9th Grade Orientation Sessions
More than 230 parents of 9th graders filled out the Siouxland CARES survey at recent orientation sessions.  The following parents were the recipients of $25 gas cards donated by Siouxland CARES.
Bishop Heelan High School:
Joseph Danner
Michael McGowan
East High:
Tom Heeney
Galea Jacobson

North High:
Martha Diedranita
Julie Clayton

West High:
Trish Veatch
Shane Strom

Tri-State Curfew
The following curfew is now in effect in Sioux City, Sergeant Bluff, and Woodbury County, Iowa, North Sioux City, South Dakota, South Sioux City, Nebraska, and Dakota County, Nebraska. Please enforce these times in your home.
 10:00 p.m. for minors under the age of 14
11:00 p.m. for minors ages 14 and 15
Midnight for minors ages 16 and 17  

About Siouxland CARES.
Siouxland CARES (Community-wide Awareness, Resources, Education and Support) About Substance Abuse is a community coalition comprised of 350 volunteers. Volunteers for Siouxland CARES (representing 12 community systems) and staff contributed 16,845 hours in 2011 to CARES programs and services. The mission of CARES is to improve the quality of life in Siouxland by eliminating the abuse of alcohol and other drugs and related violence.

The Anti-Drug is Communication.
Ask Who? Ask What? Ask Where?
It’s not pestering, it’s parenting!

Trustworthiness:   Think it.  Be it.
Respect:  Give it.  Get it.
Responsibility:  Take it.  Teach It.
Fairness:  Share it.  Practice it.
Caring:  Show it.  Receive it.
Citizenship:  Have it.  Honor it.

Make Your Character Count in Siouxland!!

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