For general medical information, familydoctor.org is a good reference tool. It is not a substitute for medical advice from a licensed physician, however, the information may be helpful.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
If you have thoughts about hurting yourself, tell someone. You could tell your doctor, your friends, your family, or call your local suicide hotline, such as the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.
Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT)
Data shows that 30 percent of Americans use alcohol and drugs at a level that increases their risk for physical, mental and social harm. That’s three in 10 people. The problem is, we don’t know who they are. The answer is screening. If we can identify those who are at risk, we can help them set health goals, highlight behavior change, offer brief treatment, or refer them to specialty substance abuse treatment services. United Community Services is proud to be a partner to the Iowa Department of Public Health to incorporate the SBIRT process in Iowa.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), was established by an act of Congress in 1992. SAMHSA was created as a services agency to focus attention, programs, and funding on improving the lives of people with or at risk for mental and substance abuse disorders.
CARF - Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities
The CARF family of organizations currently accredits more than 48,000 programs and services at more than 21,000 locations on five continents. More than 8 million persons of all ages are served annually by more than 6,000 CARF-accredited providers. UCS Healthcare is a CARF-accredited facility.
The American Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence (AATOD)
The American Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence (AATOD) was founded in 1984 to enhance the quality of patient care in treatment programs by promoting the growth and development of comprehensive methadone treatment services throughout the United States.
National Alliance for Medication Assisted Recovery
NAMA is an organization of methadone patients, healthcare professionals, friends, and associates working together for greater public understanding and acceptance of methadone treatment.
National Institute on Drug Abuse
NIDA's mission is to lead the Nation in bringing the power of science to bear on drug abuse and addiction. This charge has two critical components. The first is the strategic support and conduct of research across a broad range of disciplines. The second is ensuring the rapid and effective dissemination and use of the results of that research to significantly improve prevention, treatment and policy as it relates to drug abuse and addiction.
Iowa Department of Public Health
The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) partners with local public health, policymakers, health care providers, business and many others to fulfill our mission of promoting and protecting the health of Iowans.
AA - Alcoholics Anonymous
AA is an organization that provides a fellowship of people who support each other in recovery from alcohol use disorder and addiction. In Iowa, this umbrella organization is Area 24 Iowa. There are downloadable Meeting Guide apps for both iOS and Android devices.
Al-Anon and Alateen
Al‑Anon is a mutual support program for people whose lives have been affected by someone else’s drinking. By sharing common experiences and applying the Al-Anon principles, families and friends of alcoholics can bring positive changes to their individual situations, whether or not the alcoholic admits the existence of a drinking problem or seeks help.
Alateen, a part of the Al-Anon Family Groups, is a fellowship of young people (mostly teenagers) whose lives have been affected by someone else’s drinking whether they are in your life drinking or not. By attending Alateen, teenagers meet other teenagers with similar situations. Alateen is not a religious program and there are no fees or dues to belong to it.