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Local Interagency Council addresses drug addiction, recovery and suicide prevention
What is the LIC? The Local Interagency Council maintains and strengthens partnerships with regional, local agencies, law enforcement, schools, churches, clubs and citizens.
Alan Alldredge, of the Kane County Sheriff’s Office, welcomed everyone to the May 25 meeting.
Alldredge introduced the guest speakers. The main focus of the agenda was drug addiction; either to illegal or prescription drugs, and the problem that addiction creates for the individual and their families.
Russell Brown and Arden Smith gave a presentation on the recently opened Summit Lodge Recovery Center in Rockville near Zion National Park. It is a privately owned subsidiary of Addition Recovery Group. Brown commented addiction is the same no matter who you are or where you are or how old you are. Their program offers a unique, clinically driven approach to treatment.
Sherry Noel, RN, Kane County Hospital, proposed a “Billboard Campaign” for public awareness about the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline telephone number. Noel suggested a fundraiser for two billboards posting the 1-800-273-TALK (8255) in large letters. There are more than 150 crisis centers currently in the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline network. Each center receives calls from designated areas of the country, creating a nationwide coverage area. If you, or someone you know, are in a suicidal crisis or in emotional distress, help is available. Calls to 1-800-273-8255 are routed to the closest crisis center.
What are the warning signs for suicide? Threatening or talking about wanting to hurt or kill oneself, looking for ways to kill oneself by seeking access to firearms, available pills, or other means. Talking or writing about death, dying, or suicide, feeling hopeless, feeling rage or uncontrolled anger or seeking revenge. Acting reckless or engaging in risky activities. Feeling trapped – like there is no way out. Increasing alcohol or drug use. Withdrawing from friends, family and society, feeling anxious, agitated or unable to sleep or sleeping all the time, experiencing dramatic mood changes, seeing no reason for living or having no sense of purpose in life.
When you dial 1-800-273-TALK (8255) you are calling the crisis center in the Lifeline’s network closest to your location. Lifeline’s service is free and confidential. Trained counselors are available on the hotline 24 hours a day seven days a week. You will hear a message saying you have reached the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. The message is available in Spanish and if you are a veteran, seeking help, press 1. Next you will hear hold music while your call is being routed. Then, a trained crisis worker will help you. If needed, you will be given mental health services referrals.