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“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.”

Theodore Roosevelt

April is Alcohol Awareness Month

Established in 1987, Alcohol Awareness Month is a health awareness campaign that was formerly sponsored by the National Council for Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD). It takes place every April with the aim of raising awareness for communities and to help understand the causes and treatment available for one of the nation’s biggest health issues. The campaign also aims to reduce the social stigma associated with alcoholism and to educate people on how the disease can be addressed, offering help and advice for families as well as direct engagement with those affected by alcohol addiction. 

 

Alcohol addiction and abuse claims thousands of lives across the country each year. Some notable statistics on alcohol addiction include:

  • More than 65 million Americans report binge drinking or heavy drinking in a one-month period, which is more than 40 percent of those who drink alcohol.

  • In 2019, there were 10,142 alcohol-impaired driving fatalities, totaling 28 percent of all traffic fatalities for the year. 

  • Teen alcohol use kills 4,300 people each year, more than all illegal drugs combined.

 

Click for general tips, information for parents, and information specifically about underage drinking and college drinking. If you or someone you know is struggling with alcohol or other drug use, call the Ohio CareLine at 1.800.720.9616 to be connected to resources in your community, access the Ohio Crisis Text Line by texting the keyword 4HOPE to 741 741, or visit findtreatment.gov.

DRUG/ALCOHOL & MEDICATION ASSISTANCE

Bayshore Counseling Services provides a complete range of outpatient alcohol and drug services. All alcohol and drug services are provided by qualified chemical dependency counselors and therapists licensed by the State of Ohio.

At Bayshore Counseling your first appointment will involve completing paperwork regarding basic information about you. You will meet your counselor/therapist for the initial Diagnostic Assessment. In our Alcohol and Drug department we have a variety of groups which address both abuse and addiction to substances. You and your counselor/therapist will discuss your concerns and expectations for services and which type of treatment and/or group will work best for your needs. Our alcohol and drug programming is based on the Stages of Change model and may include: Individual and/or Group sessions, as well as Medication services if deemed appropriate by you and your therapist/counselor.

COURT TREATMENT PROGRAMMING

DATA Mental Health Program is a specialized dockets in Ottawa county for alcohol & drug and/or those with significant mental health problems.

Family Mental Health Court (similar to DATA program) is provided in Ottawa (Hope Court) county for adults with alcohol and drug issues who are also involved with Child Protective Services.

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Anger Management Group Bayshore provides an 8 week Anger Management Group. This group incorporates psychoeducation and some treatment aspects around anger and how to learn healthier coping and communication with others. It is a group for persons with a 1st time misdemeanor charge or for persons who self-identify as having anger issues. We also accept referrals from other community agencies such as Children's Services.

Thinking for a Change 

The Alcohol and Drug staff is trained in Thinking for a Change which is a cognitive–behavioral curriculum developed by the National Institute of Corrections. This therapy program includes cognitive restructuring, social skills development, and the development of problem-solving skills and may be delivered to both adults and juveniles. If any referral sources are interested in this program please contact the Alcohol and Drug Department Supervisor at 419.626.9156.