Prelude's Transitional Housing Program
At Prelude Behavioral Services, everything we do is inspired and guided by our mission, vision and values. These principals are the foundation of the beliefs and actions of all of our employees every day.
Prelude has kicked off a fundraising effort to renovate the Bernie Lorenz Recovery facility, our transitional home for women in recovery. Funds raised will pay for the complete renovation of the kitchen and four bathrooms, improve the physical accessibility, security and safety for residents and staff, and repair structural issues on this aging home.
The Iowa Opioid State Targeted Response (STR) is a two-year, state-wide initiative to expand and enhance opioid use disorder prevention and treatment services across Iowa. The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) awarded Prelude grant funds through STR to perform a needs assessment of opioid use in Johnson, Washington, Iowa and Cedar counties in Eastern Iowa. The assessment was facilitated by Prelude’s prevention staff and the results were shared with community members at an event hosted by Prelude. We also received funds to provide training on the use of Narcan and distributed 72 boxes of the medication to local law enforcement agencies and first responders. Narcan (naloxone) is designed to rapidly reverse opioid overdose by binding to opioid receptors and blocking the effects of opioids.
Every September, National Recovery Month is celebrated around the country to bring awareness and understanding of substance use disorders and to celebrate individuals and families in recovery as well as the professionals who helped them along the way.
As we begin a new year, promoting a culture of self-care can improve team collaboration, productivity, and performance. While self-care is a powerful tool, it continues to be underutilized in the workplace. Self-Care is a preventive health strategy involving actions and behaviors that improve, restore, or maintain good health as well as overall personal satisfaction. The good news is as a work community, a new tone, pace, and culture can be established. Below are some concrete initiatives that can aid in creating a community of self-care where you work.
The opioid epidemic has hit every corner of our state, from large urban centers to rural communities where resources like addiction treatment centers and mental health providers are few and far between. Since 2005, the opioid epidemic has claimed the lives of more than 200 Iowans, a number that sadly continues to rise.
Asking for help can be hard—that’s especially true when it comes to confronting addiction. Unfortunately, it’s all too easy to find excuses to put off treatment.
We get so busy with our daily lives that we learn to live with the fallout from destructive behaviors. And we feel so obligated to our jobs, our families, and even our own addictions that we don’t see treatment as the priority it really is. As a result, dread surrounding treatment builds, and it becomes harder and harder to take the first steps to make a change.
Now that it’s summer, the air is a little lighter and the mood is too. The season is all about renewal and growth—now’s the perfect time to start a treatment program and begin your journey to recovery.
Need more convincing? Consider these five reasons to start a treatment plan this summer:
Children who live in homes with clear expectations and rules are less likely to make high-risk choices like using drugs and alcohol. While children are out of school this summer setting clear boundaries around screen time can be a positive step towards preventing high-risk choices.