Alcohol and Drug Issues

What Is Alcohol Dependence (Alcoholism)?

Alcoholism is a chronic disease that will affect a person for an entire lifetime. There are four main symptoms that are present when someone is dealing with alcohol dependence:

  • Craving - having a strong need or urge to drink alcohol
  • Loss of control - not being able to stop drinking once drinking has started
  • Physical dependence - withdrawal symptoms such as nausea, sweating, shakiness and anxiety after drinking has stopped
  • Tolerance - needing to drink greater amounts of alcohol to get high

If you think you might have a problem, ask yourself:

  1. Have you ever felt you should cut down on your drinking?
  2. Have you been annoyed if others expressed concern about your drinking?
  3. Have you ever felt guilty about your drinking?
  4. Have you ever had to drink first thing in the morning to steady your nerves or to get rid of a hangover?

Answering "yes" to one of these questions suggests a possible problem. More than one "yes" means it's very likely that you have a problem with drinking.

(Source: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism)

If you want more information or help for yourself or someone else, visit these websites:

You can also contact the following organizations for assistance for yourself or another.

JCCC Resources

JCCC Student Assistance Program
If you are a student, you may be referred by a JCCC counselor to our short-term student assistance program to help you with emotional or mental health issues.

Refer to the JCCC Alcohol and Drug Information Assistance Blog for students, parents, faculty and staff regarding information about meeting times and locations and additional resources.

Web Resources

We hope the links below will provide some helpful information, but they are not intended to take the place of discussing your concerns with a counselor.

FirstCall
This is the local chapter of the National Council on Alcohol and Drug Prevention and Recovery. Call 816-361-5900 or visit FirstCall online. This is a great place to find available resources, for information on treatment and recovery options, and to take self-tests for alcohol, drug and gambling problems.

Valley Hope Treatment Centers
Valley Hope is a nonprofit organization, grounded in a 12-step philosophy, that provides alcohol and drug dependency addiction treatment at an affordable price. The staff at Valley Hope encourage family participation to focus on healing as a family. Treatment options include medically monitored detox, residential treatment, day/partial outpatient treatment and continuing care. Call 1-800-544-5101 for admissions information and to locate a treatment facility near you.

Alcoholics Anonymous Support Groups
This 12-step organization is a fellowship of men and women who share their experiences, strengths and hopes with each other so that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. Check the website for meeting times and locations. The Kansas City area central office can be reached online or by calling 816-471-7229.

Al-Anon and Support Groups
Relatives and friends of alcoholics share their experiences, strengths and hopes in order to solve their common problems through these groups. Check the website for meeting times and locations. The Kansas City Al-Anon office can be reached at 816-373-8566 in Missouri or 913-384-4653 in Kansas.

Alateen
Alateen is an organization which grew out of Al-Anon. This organization offers a recovery program for young people. Alateens are sponsored by Al-Anon members. The Kansas City Al-Anon office can be reached at 816-373-8566 in Missouri or 913-384-4653 in Kansas.

Adult Children of Alcoholics Network (ACOA)
This is a network of support groups for adult children and grandchildren of alcoholics. A current listing of meeting times and locations can be found on its website.

Cocaine Anonymous
Self-test, meeting locations and literature related to cocaine addictions can be found online.

Narcotics Anonymous
Call the helpline at 1-800-561-2250 or email. Meeting locations, information and self-tests are available on the website.

Prevention Programs

Johnson County STOP Underage Drinking Project
This non-profit organization is staffed by volunteers who are focused on eliminating the incidence of underage drinking and related tragedies. Members provide underage drinking prevention programs to youth, parents and adults in the Johnson County area.

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