Substance Abuse


Did you know that in the state of Kentucky, we recognze three different aspects of dealing with Substance Abuse : (1) Preveniton, (2) Intervention, and (3) Treatment.  What is the difference?


(1) Prevention is when we as a neighborhood, church, community, school, stakeholders, and etc. come together to determine what we need to do to prevent individuals from using or abusing alocohl and drugs.  This is done through lots of people and lots of ways.  During the next few weeks--keep checking with these news articles for an explanation of what type of prevenion is done, where these events are done, and how you can be a part.    There will also be a discussion of what board and credential is the leader for Kentucky. 

(2) Intervenion is when individuals are  at risk for having problems with substance abuse or  may be already experimenting with drugs and/or alcohol.  Who are these individuals?  How do I know if my daughter, son, of someone I love has been using-- keep checking back for the answers.

(3) Treatment is for those who have already been abusing drugs and/or alcohol,  and may not be able to stop on their own.   They may have become psychologically dependent or physically addicted.  What does this mean? Where can I find help?  What board oversees this issue in Kentucky?  Keep checking back for tha answers.


Did you know that substance abuse is very similar to gambling and the majority of time they go side-by-side.  Keep checking back to learn more.   What board oversees this issue in Kentucky?


If anyone believe that someone you know may be having substance abuse issues please call 606-548-1502.


News Item #2..  

 Mental Health




What is wrong with me?   I am so tired.  I don't eat meals like I use to.  I don't want to socialize with my family, spouse, or neighbors. I feel tired all the time.  I don't care about anything. I just feel sad. 


Just like going to a doctor's office for your physical body, we need to fine tune our mental functioning sometimes.  Depression stems from a cheical imbalance.   In the past, we may have believed that it something was wrong with us or we could do something to control it, but this is not necessarily the case.    We would just not say anything--thinking that it would go away.  But what if it doesn't--there is help. 

How do I know if I have Depression--let's look at the Signs and Symptoms

 * Do you have a change in appetite--are you eatting more or less?

* Have you sleep patterns changed--are you sleeping a lot more or less?

* Do you feel fatiqued a lot?

* Have you lost interest in things that you used to care about?

* Do you feel down, depressed, or hopeless?

* Do you feel bad about yourself--feel that you are a failure or that you                                                                              have let your family down? 

 * Do you have trouble concentrating when you are doing something                                                                                 like watching TV or reading a book? 

  * Are you moving slower or talking slower than normal or are you real                                                                                fidigety or restless and move around a lot more than normal?

  * Have you had thoughts of hurting yourself or thought that things                                                                                     would be better if your were dead? 

 If you said "yes"  to any ot these questions--there are several methods of help--please call 606-548-1502..