On Super Bowl Sunday, the Stakes Are Always High

Posted by Prelude on Jan 31, 2017 3:02:39 PM

The Super Bowl is the biggest annual sports event in the US and the most bet-on game of the year. And for the six million Americans who struggle with problem gambling, the days leading up to the Super Bowl can be filled with anxiety and dread.

A couple months ago, we wrote about managing addiction during tailgating season. While the same advice holds true for controlling your impulses on Super Bowl Sunday, the hype and the extra pressure surrounding the occasion can make you feel like you’re starting from scratch 

It’s always OK to take a pass if you’re invited to a party, a bar, or anywhere you might feel tempted to slip back into old habits. But remember, avoidance isn’t the only trick you have up your sleeve. With a little bit of planning and support, you can build new, healthy Super Bowl traditions that revolve around the game—not the odds. 

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Topics: Gambling

SAD: Seasonal Affective Disorder

Posted by Prelude on Jan 31, 2017 12:46:16 PM

What Is SAD?

SAD is a fitting acronym for Seasonal Affective Disorder, a seasonal depression that coincides with the shortened days, colder temperatures and the lack of sunshine from November to February.

But SAD is more than just a simple case of the winter blues—it changes your brain chemistry, your mood, your appetite, and importantly for addicts, it can reduce your ability to control impulses. 

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Topics: Addicton, Behavior Management

When Life Feels out of Control - Coping with Stress

Posted by Prelude on Dec 2, 2016 3:02:42 PM

Stress and addiction go hand-in-hand. Studies show that common symptoms of stress—including a loss of impulse control, the inability to inhibit inappropriate behavior, the delay of gratification, and impaired memory—are well known to support addictive behaviors. And for recovering addicts, stress can be the straw that breaks the camel’s back. 

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Topics: Behavior Management

Tailgating Sober: Rebuilding A Favorite Tradition

Posted by Prelude on Nov 7, 2016 1:32:07 PM

If you’re a football fan, chances are you have a long history with the game. You probably remember going to the stadium for the first time—who you rooted for, who won. And you probably have many memories enjoying the sport with a parent or sibling. You might even keep your first football jersey framed in your rec room. 

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Topics: College, Drinking, Addicton, Recovery

Navigating the Holidays Substance-Free

Posted by Prelude on Nov 2, 2016 10:16:56 AM

The holidays are stressful: traveling, the pressure to give the right gifts, the reminder of so many holidays gone wrong…

How do you approach the season as a recovering addict? How do you start fresh? And how do you cope without giving into temptation? What works for some might not work for others, but in general, there are steps you can take to help you prepare for the season and keep yourself occupied and sober.

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Topics: Drinking, College, Recovery, Alcoholism

Supporting Your Loved One: How to Help and When to Draw the Line

Posted by Prelude on Oct 27, 2016 2:04:07 PM

Addiction isn’t a self-contained affliction—it affects everyone close to that person. To family and friends, it causes mental anguish and financial stress. It can pose a risk to their safety. And it can damage relationships beyond repair, causing long-term intimacy and trust issues. 

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Topics: Addicton, Recovery

Drinking & Driving - What you should know, what you can do.

Posted by Prelude on Oct 7, 2016 8:54:18 AM

Facing the Facts

Drinking and driving have never gone well together. Not only does alcohol cut your night vision in half and reduce your peripheral vision by up to one-third, in 2015 drunk driving took the lives of 123 Iowans.  

Chances are you heard about one of these deaths on your local news station—you might have even known the victim or their family. But no matter how close or how far removed you are from these stories, the fact remains that drunk driving affects you, it affects your friends and family, and it affects everyone else in our state. 

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Topics: Addicton, Drinking, Alcoholism

Talking to Your Teen About College Pressures: The Dos and Don’ts of Productive Conversations

Posted by Prelude on Aug 17, 2016 10:29:33 AM

Life as a college freshman isn’t easy. 

Living on your own for the first time is hard enough without the additional pressures of college. On top of academic demands, work, and learning to live independently, teens are at their peak social years and are still developing their sense of self. Without the structure of home life and with the new anxieties that accompany college, it’s easy for students to be swept away by the pressure to drink and take drugs—both recreationally and as a means to enhance their academic performance.

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Topics: Prelude

Celebrate this summer!

Posted by Prelude on Jul 8, 2016 12:34:11 PM

Celebrating Summer…Sober.

Memorial Day and the Fourth of July are important days in the American calendar. But somehow as time has went by, it seems like the focus of these days has shifted from celebrating our country's independence, to just plain celebrating. 

Summer never fails to remind us of our country’s obsession with alcohol. You can’t escape the beer ads that run nonstop in the weeks leading up to Memorial Day and the Fourth. You can’t escape the office parties and obligatory family BBQs filled with coolers of booze. And you can’t escape the fact that in our culture, people drink—even when you can’t join them.

You can, however, enjoy your summer sober. You might get frustrated. And you might be tempted to slip back into old habits. But regardless of what you might be thinking, you can do it.

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Topics: Recovery

Operation Dry Water - Stay Safe While Boating

Posted by Prelude on Jun 20, 2016 10:16:41 AM

Boating is fun. 

The wind in your hair. The sound of the waves crashing against your boat. Your friends. An unobstructed view of the sunrise and sunset. 

But for whatever reason, in our culture, boating and alcohol seem to go hand-in-hand. And for recovering alcoholics, the temptation to grab a drink as soon as you step on that boat can be all too powerful to resist. Luckily, Operation Dry Water is calling attention to this problem, and helping to spread the truth about boating under the influence. 

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Topics: Addicton, Recovery

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From prevention to intensive residential care, Prelude offers a range of services to help you and your loved one lead a full, productive life.  Prelude Behavioral Services has been providing comprehensive services since 1969. We are committed to serving hard-to-reach and disenfranchised populations and to breaking down barriers that hinder access to behavioral health care for all Iowans.



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