Carrol Daily Times Herald from Carroll, Iowa on May 13, 1974 · Page 7
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May 13, 1974

Carrol Daily Times Herald from Carroll, Iowa · Page 7

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Iowa a National Leader in More andBetter Services for Alcoholics By Melinda Miller (Drake University Journalism Student I DES MOINES - "I think that Iowa provides more and better services for alcoholics than any other state," said Charles A. Churan, executive director of the Iowa State Commission on Alcoholism here. Iowa's 18 alcoholism service centers make about 3,000 contacts every year. These centers are located in Sioux City. Council Bluffs. Fort Dodge, Spencer, Creston, Ames, Des Moines, Mason City and Iowa Falls. There also are centers in Newton. Waterloo, Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, Dubuque, Clinton, Davenport, Burlington and Decorah. There are 23 branch offices and 13 in-patient treatment centers located in hospitals throughout the state. "Whenever I go to national conferences, people are always asking me why we have such a high success rate in Iowa."Churan said. He believes the reason lies, in part, in the fact that Iowa is an average state. It is not overpowered by a major metropolis which adds its own problems (like slums and other drug problems) to the rest of the state. "You might think that states like New York and California might have the magic programs, but they don't," Churan said. "They are very far behind us." Not only are there more services in Iowa, but Churan believes that treatment is much more progressive here than in most other states. Treatment is completely individualized according to the problem drinker s specific needs. In many cases, the first step on the road to recovery is the detoxification center at a hospital where the problem drinker goes through withdrawal and a "drying-out" process that lasts 3-5 days. After this he goes to a service center for individual counseling. Most service c-enter counselors are recovered alcoholics, as is Churan who believes that recovered alcoholics better understand the needs of recovering alcoholics. "Recovered alcoholics outnumber non-alcoholics by about 10 to 1 on our staffs at the service centers." Churan said. When a problem drinker first comes to a service center he is asked to fill out the Mulford Intake Schedule which helps determine what specific treatment is needed. Every effort is made to keep the individual in the community rather than isolate him from it. In many cases, the "deviant drinker" lives at home while recovering from his illness. However, where the home might be a breeding ground for alcoholism, he could live in one of the 15 halfway houses in Times Herald, Carroll, la Monday, May 13, 1974 Iowa. In the halfway house the recovering alcoholic 1 lives with others like himself. "You might wonder how a man can find a sober life in a house full of drunks." Churan said. "The answer is that it is ARCADIA NEWS ARCADIA—The Arcadia Recreation Development Committee met at the City Hall last Monday to decide 1 on money-making projects. The teenage area girls will hold a bake sale at the City Hall and the boys will have a car wash both on Saturday May 18th. The car wash will be a house full of sober drunks. They understand each other, and their problem. Empathy is complete." There is no cure for alcoholism — o n I y a r r e s t m e n t ; and tot a 1 abstinence is the only means of arrestmont. Iowa claims a success rate of 22-25 per cent based on two years of arrestment. This at Al's Garage on Main Street. On May 24th a benefit dance will be held at the Legion Hall with Karl Russell Band. Advance tickets are now on sale. Contact Don Drees at Conoco Station or call 689-2570. All proceeds will go to the city to be used for improving the park facilities. means that about one-fourth of those who have been at service centers have abstained from drinking for two years. "There are more alcoholics in the United States than all other problem drug users combined. And alcohol is a drug."Churan said. FUNNY BUSINESS INi A *\ 35-FOOT PQTHON^V) LOST frND FOOND One out of every 15 social drinkers will become problem drinkers. Any lowan who thinks he has a drinking problem should contact the Iowa State Commission on Alcoholism. R21 Des Moines St.. Des Moines. Inquiries are treated in confidence. By Roger Bollen ...AW35-FOOTERS" B&CK THERE ,3OE?/ LOST AVID FOUND "MEALTIME MAGIC" SPECIAL VALUES YouWon'tWmt to Miss FARMLAND BACON Family Pak Pork Chops 7-9 Mixed Chops CHECKERBOARD ALL WHITE TURKEY ROAST SCHLESWIG SAUSAGE CHUBS CERVELOT METWURST GERMAN Each FOSTER FARM PATTIES Pork or Beef NISSEN RING BOLOGlNA !/2 GALLON GALLON 2% DOZEN GRADE A LARGE 3 1-Lb. 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