Am I Addicted?
Well Maybe.  Maybe NOT. 

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Not everyone sent to a treatment program is actually addicted.  Some are just arrested for drug/alcohol related behavior like a DWI,  and 'treatment' is a judge's diversion from going to jail.

What is addiction?  It's the practice of excessive using, even though it's against one's better judgment!

Any of these are signs you may well be in trouble with an addiction:
  • Do you drink or use almost everyday?  
  • Do you hide your bottles or stash from loved ones?   
  • Do you always drink MORE than ONE because you can't stop?
  • Do you drink socially without getting drunk?
  • Do you often drink alone and then just go to bed?
  • Can you get through a day without getting high or drunk?
  • Does your use upset your loved ones, or do you miss work/school? 
  • Do you black out, and forget what you did when you drink?  
  • Do you drink and drive regularly?  
Those are signs that your use has probably got you, and you're powerless to stop it.    Time to get help, don't ya think?

How Addictions Work

The 70 min documentary "Pleasure Unwoven"
by Institute for Addiction Studies.  (Documentary DVD purchase available here)

  • Is it a disease or chosen behavior?
Details most modern brain studies!

Video is best for the alcoholic / drug addict, 
AND you who LOVE them!

See the free U-Tube video:  CLICK HERE

How Recovery Works

Recovery isn't easy if you're fighting addiction or chronic drinking.  But there's help from some churches with addiction programs, private, and government programs, and even AA - Alcoholics Anonymous.   Learn about the 3 stages of recovery:

  Treatment Centers   

These Alcohol/Drug treatment Centers all require state or insurance payments and some are court ordered; patients are tightly supervised during detox periods when they're coming down from their addiction.  Most expect AA attendance as part of their programs. 

The word around the area is that some treatment programs tend to be pretty strict, especially the court ordered or state-paid ones for those with no insurance.  Wouldn't hurt to find out from people in AA who have been there. 

Mental Health of the Heartland (KC area)
Help Line 913-281-1234
Teen Connection 913-281-2299 

Tri-County Mental Health (Missouri low cost/free)
3100 ME 83rd, KCMO 64119
(816) 468-0400   For Platte, Clay and Ray counties Intake for northland's C-Star program:

Missouri state C-STAR alcohol/drug treatment).  Operated by the state of Missouri's Mental Health Department, C-Star is designed as an outpatient program for several weeks one-on-one and group meetings in many counties around the state.  Some (or all) funding is often paid for by the state, depending on your income.

Private non-profit treatment centers mostly around KS, MO, AZ, OK, TX, and CO -- inpatient or outpatient treatment.

Valley Hope Atchison KS is an IN-PATIENT residential facility. (Costs about $12,000 for 30 days if you pay it yourself, or just your co-pay if your health insurance has Mental Health benefits and covers most of it.  (Medicare doesn't pay for treatment.)  Your insurance probably won't fund you for a full 30 days, and you may not need it all.  They'll recommend you go to lifelong AA meetings but it's not required to succeed if you were serious, make life and friendship changes.) 

Atchison inpatient: 24 hrs Admission  1-800-544-5101   Valley Hope will GENTLY "detox" the sufferer for several days under supervision of a doctor and nurses, and then provide knowledgeable counselors, chaplains, films and lectures, great food, and a place to meet new friends who are there for the same reason you are. To get well.   Well respected, but not cheap.

Valley Hope Overland Park KS outpatient, at 105th and Mastin, meets 3 mornings, or evenings a week for several weeks:  913-432-4037   Your insurance may pay most of this too.

Shawnee Mission MedCenter - KC Outpatient drug and alcohol programs, sexual and gambling addictions, eating disorders - insurance or personal payment. Patient respect, excellent lectures and group therapy in Overland Park, Ks--a KC suburb. Free follow-on for a year.  913-789-3218 

Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center  200 Maine, Lawrence  785-843-9192 

Johnson County Mental Health
- Adult Detox - 24 hr Crisis  913 826-4100 

Kansas City Drug Detox - Learn about it!

KC Detox Centers (Google search)

Valeo Center - Topeka , 24 hr crisis 785-234-3300--(state approval required)

EGETGOING.COM national Online Treatment Group meets twice a week for six weeks - well known, paid for by most insurance. Live moderated group chat by appointment nights.

GOOGLE YOUR COUNTY and "Addiction", or "Alchohol" or "Homeless", 
"Suicide", "Elderly" or "Aging" or "Nursing Homes"  or whatever. 
 They'll come up, fer sure!  Lotsa folks wanna help you with your worries!s.

Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous
  are two worldwide organizations that have started in America and existed WORLDWIDE.  They are free programs operated by former alcoholics and addicts, and they have chapters in all cities in the country and many foreign countries.

Click HERE, to learn ALL about AA and NA!