2007-01-04 / News

Struggling with alcohol?

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism offers help to those who are struggling with addiction to alcohol.

According to the NIAAA, the questions that an alcoholic must answer are:

Have you ever felt you should cut down on your drinking?

Have people annoyed you by criticizing your drinking?

Have you ever felt bad or guilty about your drinking?

Have you ever had a drink first thing in the morning (as an “eye opener”) to steady your nerves or get rid of a hangover?

Answering just one “yes” suggests a possible alcohol problem. Anyone who answered “yes” to more than one question is highly likely to be suffering from alcoholism.

There are several resources available in the Jamestown area to help with substance abuse issues.

For detoxification, the MHRH lists SSTAR in North Kingstown as a 30-bed residential facility that provides rehabilitation services. The number is 294-0419 or 1-800-RI-SOBER.

For outpatient counseling, the MHRH lists CODAC III in Newport at 846-4150, Child and Family Services of Newport County at 849-2300, Newport County Community Mental Health Center at 846-1213, and Meadows Edge Recovery Center in North Kingstown at 294-7240. For a complete list of services, visit the Web site at http://www.mhrh. state.ri.us/bh_sa_agencylist.htm.

Alcoholics Anonymous has meetings virtually every day in Jamestown and area communities. In Jamestown, AA meets on Sundays at St. Matthew’s church at 4:30 p.m., Tuesdays at St. Matthew’s at 5:15 p.m.; Wednesdays, at the PAC, 7 a.m.; Thursdays at St. Matthew’s at 5:30 p.m.; and Fridays at St. Matthew’s at 5 p.m.

Alanon, for family and friends of people with drinking problems, meets Mondays at the PAC at 6 p.m.

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