Visit Us at the 2012 Campus Kickoff

We will have a table set up at the JCCC Fall 2012 Campus Kickoff today, August 24.  The Kickoff runs from 10am – 2pm.  Come by, grab some candy, and get information on alcohol and drug abuse that you can use or pass on to someone who needs it.  Register for our drawing to win a free $25 CAV card!

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Noon A.A. Meeting Restarts

AA meetings will be held at noon every Friday, starting Aug. 24 and continuing through December. 21, in RC 185. Meetings will not be held on days the campus is closed for any reason.  Open meetings will be held the first Friday of every month.

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Study: The ‘gateway drug’ is alcohol, not marijuana | The Raw Story

A man drinks liquor straight from a bottle. Photo: Shutterstock.com, all rights reserved.

A study in the August edition of The Journal of School Health finds that the generations old theory of a “gateway drug” effect is in fact accurate for some drug users, but shifts the blame for those addicts’ escalating substance abuse away from marijuana and onto the most pervasive and socially accepted drug in American life: alcohol.

Read more: Study: The ‘gateway drug’ is alcohol, not marijuana | The Raw Story.

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Summer JCCC A.A. Meetings Cancelled, Will Resume Fall Semester

The weekly A.A. meetings held at JCCC will not be held this summer, but will resume Friday, Aug. 24 at noon.  Those in need of a Friday noon meeting are advised to check online or call the A.A. District Office for alternative meetings.

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April is Alcohol Awareness Month!

Everyone has a role to play – from not drinking and driving and keeping others from doing the same, to encouraging health professionals to screen for risky drinking patterns, to working with community leaders to enforce minimum legal drinking age laws. Every effort counts!

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CASAI at the JCCC Wellness Clinic

Sheryl Hadley (left) and Ruth Anderson (right) manning the CASAI table.

Its Wednesday, April 25th and we are set up at a table at the JCCC Wellness Clinic.  Come by and get candy and information about getting help for alcohol or drug addition, either for yourselves or someone you know.  Note: If you are going to get your blood-sugar tested at the clinic, eat the candy AFTER you have it tested!

 

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Sobriety Rocks

Underage drinking is a serious problem in Kansas. You can help change that. Kansas Department of Transportation Scholarships in the amount of $1000 each are offered in the following categories: Best Original Song, Best Original Writing, Best Original Art, and Best Original Commercial. For more information and official rules, please visit their website at: http://sobrietyrocksks.net/.

Sobriety Rocks is a continuing effort by the Kansas Department of Transportation to combat underage drinking.
The Sobriety Rocks Scholarship Contest promotes creativity and the sharing of ideas among Kansas teens, who hold the key to solving this problem.

Consider this:

  • Alcohol is the drug of choice for Kansas youth.
  • There were 456 alcohol-related motor vehicle crashes involving young drivers (ages 15-20) in Kansas in 2010 that killed 23 persons and injured 313 others.
  • Youth who drink before the age of 15 are four times more likely to become dependent on alcohol as adults.
  • 96% of adult alcoholics began drinking before they were 21.
  • 65% of kids who drink get their alcohol from family and friends.
  • You don’t have to drink to be in the majority. In 2011, only 32% of 8th-12th graders in Kansas reported drinking in the previous 30 days.
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CASAI Presents Guest Speakers at JCCC

CASAI is honored to present a guest speaker who will share personal experiences on addiction and recovery.  Who is this speaker and what does he/she look like?  What do addicts look like?  Would you recognize an addict if you met one?  Would you have any clue as to the pain they endure, the secrets they hide or the fear they face each day?  Chances are, you are either friends with, related to, or acquainted with addicts and don’t even know it.

There is nothing more powerful than testimony from someone who has been down that terrifying road and made it back to tell his/her story.  Stories of addiction and recovery will shock you, humor you, and leave you with hope for yourself or anyone you know who is suffering from addiction.  Come join us!

We are also privileged to present JCCC Police officers, and former KCPD officers, Gregory Russell and Jerry Naas.  They will present their experiences with addiction, the deterioration of addicts, and the criminal elements involved with addiction.

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New Open A.A. Meeting

Beginning February, 2012, the A.A. meeting scheduled for the first Friday of each month will be an open meeting.  All other meetings will remain closed.  All meetings are from 12pm – 1pm, in RC185.  All meetings are non-smoking.

Open meetings can be attended by family, friends, students, professionals, and other non-members interested in learning more about A.A. and recovery.  Regardless of whether the meeting is open or closed, the primary purpose remains; to stay sober and help other alcoholics achieve sobriety.

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Prescription Drug Abuse on the Rise in the U.S.

If you think having a drug problem only involves illegal drugs, guess again. Below is an excerpt from and article by Anthony J. Machcinski.

The normal image people associate with someone who abuses drugs is the beaten down, ragged, and dirty homeless person in the inner cities. What people fail to realize is that some of the greatest abuse occurs within the safest towns with drugs that many people have in their home.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, about 7 million people abuse prescription drugs in the United States. Over the past 20 years, the number of opioid prescriptions increased from 30 million to 180 million, making these potentially dangerous drugs more available than ever.

Putting the lid on drug abuse in U.S. | The Observer.

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