Health Topics

Find information on many health topics, listed A to Z.

Substance Abuse

Information for helping those with alcohol and other drug abuse concerns.

In The News

Springfield expands behavioral health services

Local patients can now make an appointment with Jessica Christenson, L.G.S.W.

January 24, 2017
St. James expands behavioral health services

Local patients can now make an appointment with Lori Sodeman, L.G.S.W.

January 23, 2017
Fairmont, New Prague, St. James, Springfield and Waseca now offer 24-hour behavioral health services via telemedicine

Behavioral health services via telemedicine are offered in the emergency department. 

January 11, 2017

From The Blog

Q&A: Does drinking alcohol kill brain cells?

Alcohol has been proven to alter judgment and delay reaction time, but does it really kill brain cells?

Winnie Pao MD By Winnie Pao December 29, 2015

Recognizing and addressing a loved one's alcohol abuse

Alcohol, while often socially acceptable and legal for the responsible adult, can, at times, turn into a collage of disarray, leaving family members uncertain of what just happened. So, what do you do when one glass of wine becomes the whole bottle and concerns arise? There are options.

Koziolek_Jenine By Jenine Koziolek December 15, 2015

There is hope for those struggling with addiction

Addiction is a complex, but treatable condition. There is hope for recovery with individual, family and/or group counseling.

Jennifer Wickham, L.P.C. By Jennifer Wickham May 14, 2015

The problem with kids and cannabis

Young people receive a mixed message about how safe it is for them to use cannabis (marijuana). Cannabis has been legalized for medical or recreational purposes in 23 states and the District of Columbia. The federal government has ended its ban on medical marijuana. New Mexico has authorized the use of medical marijuana without age stipulations. So what's the problem with kids using cannabis? 

Barry Irons MD By Barry Irons February 19, 2015

Managing the stressful times during the holidays

Whether it's getting together with family you have not seen in a while, dealing with the increased traffic and shopping crowds, or the financial expectations the holidays bring, we need to keep our stress levels down. We need to have a plan. Here are a few tips that will help you come up with your personal plan to enjoy the holiday season.

November 24, 2014

If only it were this easy — and cheap

Early intervention for alcohol and substance abuse promises better dividends than expecting the person to "snap out of it."

June 19, 2014

Enjoy prom alcohol-free

Research shows that parents play a key role in how a teenager responds to situations involving alcohol. Parents should have a crucial conversation with their teens and set clear expectations.

Koziolek_Jenine By Jenine Koziolek May 2, 2014

Preparing for the future

As graduation approaches, talk with your kids about their hopes and dreams, and remind them of their responsibility when it comes to alcohol.

Koziolek_Jenine By Jenine Koziolek May 2, 2014

Have you talked to your children about alcohol use?

I was looking at a book recently to purchase for our child. The book was about truth and lies and in the description it asks “Can it really rain cats and dogs?” I don’t know how the book answers this, but it got me thinking about how information is presented to our children and is the information always factual.

Koziolek_Jenine By Jenine Koziolek April 22, 2014

Tips for ensuring your holidays are safe and sober

The holidays can be stressful and a time, for those in recovery, to be vigilant against relapse. Fountain Centers, a Mayo Clinic Health System program for substance abuse and addiction, offers the following tips to help ensure a clean and sober holiday season.

December 24, 2013

Drug and alcohol abuse

Drug and alcohol abuse affects millions of Americans every year. Alcohol, designer drugs and prescription drugs are the unseen dangers of today with many children and adults falling prey to substance abuse with little warning.

July 29, 2013