September 2013 Newsletter


September Offline Happenings!

National Recovery Month

September 2, Labor Day
Celebrate the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity & well-being of our country.  Please celebrate with care.  NO drinking and driving or boating!

September 5, Noon
Siouxland CARES Advisory Board

Siouxland Chamber of Commerce, 101 Pierce Street
Sioux City, Iowa

September 9, 7:00 p.m.
Sioux City Mayor’s Youth Commission Executive Council
Siouxland Chamber of Commerce, 101 Pierce Street
Sioux City, Iowa

September 12, 10:00 a.m.
Bully Prevention Community Coalition

Siouxland Chamber of Commerce, 101 Pierce Street
Sioux City, Iowa

September 15, 7 p.m.
National Council on Youth Leadership Youth Salute

Morningside College, Klinger-Neal Theater
Sioux City, Iowa

September 16, 7 p.m.
Sioux City Mayor’s Youth Commission

City Hall, 405 6th Street
Sioux City, Iowa

September 26, 9:00-11:00 a.m.
Comprehensive Strategy/HSI Joint Meeting

Siouxland District Health Department
Sioux City, Iowa

September 27
DARE Lock-In

West High School
Sioux City, Iowa

National Recovery Month 2013

Recovery Month promotes the societal benefits of prevention, treatment, and recovery for substance use and mental disorders, celebrates people in recovery, lauds the contributions of treatment and service providers, and promotes the message that recovery in all its forms is possible. Recovery Month spreads the positive message that behavioral health is essential to overall health, that prevention works, treatment is effective and people can and do recover.


Families and caregivers of young people:

  • For youth aged 9 to 13, moms, dads, and grandparents are considered the most trusted sources of information.
  • Youths aged 12 to 17 who believed their parents would strongly disapprove of their using substances were less likely to use that substance than were youths who believed their parents would somewhat disapprove or neither approve nor disapprove.

Substance Use Disorders…

  • In 2011, 20.6 million people aged 12 or older were classified with substance dependence or abuse in the past year.
  • In 2011, 19.3 million people aged 12 or older needed treatment for an illicit drug or alcohol use problem, but did not receive treatment at a specialty facility in the past year.
  • Substance use costs the country an estimated $510 billion annually, including specialty alcohol and drug services, medical consequences, lost productivity due to death and illness, and injury or legal costs.

Mental Illness…

  • In 2011, 45.6 million U.S. adults aged 18 or older had a mental illness in the past year.
  • In 2011, 31.6 million adults aged 18 or older reported receiving mental health services in the past year.
  • Serious mental illness is associated with an estimated total economic cost of $317 billion per year.
  • In the United States, a person dies from suicide every 15 minutes.

Prevention Works…

  • The first symptoms typically precede a mental and/or substance use disorder by two to four years, offering a window of opportunity to intervene early and often.
  • Research shows that for every $1.00 invested in prevention and early treatment programs, $2.00 to $10.00 could be saved in health costs, criminal and juvenile justice costs, educational costs, and lost productivity.
  • A well-implemented public awareness campaign raises cognizance of the signs and symptoms of mental disorders and risks for suicide.
  • In 2011, approximately one in eight youths aged 12 to 17 reported that they had participated in drug, tobacco, or alcohol prevention programs outside of school in the past year.
  • In 2011, the prevalence of past month use of illicit drugs or marijuana was lower among those who reported having exposure to drug or alcohol prevention messages.

Treatment is Effective…

  • Scientific research shows that treatment can help patients addicted to drugs stop using, avoid relapse, and successfully recover their lives.
  • Approximately 80 percent of patients with depressive disorders improve significantly with treatment and recovery support services.

Above information from Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Mental and Substance Use Disorder: Fast Facts Guide 2013 with many of the results from the 2011 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Mental Health Findings, NSDUH Series H-45, HHS Publication No. (SMA) 12-4725. Rockville, MD:  Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2012. 

October 28, 5:00-5:30 p.m.
Sioux City Young Ambassador Recognition Event
Long Lines Family Rec Center, 401 Gordon Drive
Sioux City, Iowa
October 28, 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Red Ribbon Night

Long Lines Family Rec Center, 401 Gordon Drive
Sioux City, Iowa
Fun, games, free climbing wall, and free food! 
Agencies–if you want to set up a booth, email
Sponsored by Sioux City Elks Lodge, Siouxland CARES, and the Sioux City Mayor’s Youth Commission

Wednesday, October 30, 7 p.m.
Parents–Hear from Milton Creagh, the spokesman for the Elks National Drug Awareness Program.
Milton will be in Siouxland from October 30 to November 1 to also make presentations to students. 

Watch for the 12th Annual Clear Channel Parents Guide coming out in October!  It is full of information to help guide parents. 

Siouxland Fact 
Siouxland CARES received 147 completed parent surveys during the 9th grade orientation sessions at Sioux City East, North, and West High Schools in August.  Congratulations to the parents who won $25 Gas Cards: 
North High-Kristi Rice and Julie Schiltz
West High-Cheryl Utterback and Aaron Norman
East High-Robert Collins and Joseph Mohr

Looking for some helpful websites?


Bullying Prevention Resources
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:

Find out more about the beSomebody campaign by connecting to the Siouxland CARES website at or or Like us on beSomebody Facebook page.  Text “41411” and type in besomebody to received weekly text messages (rates may apply).

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 16,296 hours in 2012 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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