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December 20, 2006

Help with alcohol

Looking for a magic cure,” an article from the Detroit Free Press, appeared in last week’s FYI section (12/14). It was about avoiding hangovers.

Hangovers occur only when someone is drinking immoderately. The article had some very good rules for drinking alcohol in a safe manner, as well as information on avoiding unpleasant after-effects if someone drinks too much.

I think that readers who seek this kind of advice should also be told that they can find help if their drinking is out of control.

In the Kansas City area, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence is the first call to make for help, day or night. Callers can maintain anonymity and speak with certified counselors about any alcoholism or addiction concerns.

We offer this service to the community at no charge. The reward we get is hearing people say, “You saved my life.”

Jean Roth Jacobs
President and chief executive officer
National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence of Greater Kansas City
Kansas City



What crap. Having spent 20 years as a Drug Addiction Counselor (both Nationally and Internationally Certified to go along with my B.S. in the field) I know this to be self-serving B.S.

AA, NA and all the other FREE programs go unmentioned in this letter for an extremely self-serving reason. The writer makes no money form them.

I have seen, far to many times, the Executive Directors of these organizations taking huge money out of the place while hiring unqualified people to "serve" those suffering.

My "favorite" of the scams was the last place I worked for they would put a secretary in a "group" of 15 or 20 people and call her a "Counselor In Training". Under State Of Kansas rules the Treatment Center got exactly as much reimbursement as if they had actually had a qualified person in the room.

And then the politicos say, "Treatment doesn't work." Sorry, treatment has a good success rate when a trained and qualified Counselor is dealing with a realistic number of patients. This doesn't happen in Kansas, or many other States for that matter, anymore.

In Chemical Dependency Treatment, just like in all ther fields, you get what you pay for. And we as a society pay for damned little.

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