What To Do After Getting an OWI in Iowa

Posted by Prelude on Jan 11, 2016 8:12:08 AM

Having an OWI does not make you a bad person, you’ve just made a mistake.  

Getting charged with an OWI is a serious offense with serious consequences. Even just one offense can have life changing effects, especially if someone was physically injured.

But, what should you do after getting an OWI in Iowa?

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To Children of Substance Abusers: You Didn't Create This Problem

Posted by Prelude on Jan 4, 2016 9:13:00 AM

To children of substance abusers: you did not create this problem.

You may be having difficulty handling some of your concerns about living with a person who abuses alcohol or drugs. Where the person is your mom, dad, grandparent, brother, or sister, it is important that you talk about your problems, fears, and concerns with people who are understanding and sympathetic.

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Topics: Addicton

What To Look For In A Treatment Provider

Posted by Ron Berg on Dec 29, 2015 7:58:00 AM

There are several considerations one should evaluate when seeking addiction treatment for you or a loved one. Key among them is that each person has a unique background that may influence which resource is best.

Addictions can best be viewed as a chronic condition that is best treated with support systems available over the long term. In that regard, selecting an addiction treatment team is similar to selecting a primary care physician.

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Topics: Prelude, Recovery

Managing Holiday Stress and Growing In Recovery

Posted by Prelude on Dec 18, 2015 9:40:00 AM

This time of year can be very stressful for those in recovery and their families. We would like to share some wonderful advice written by Peggy L. Ferguson, Ph.D.  For more information, we refer you to her E-book, “The Recovering Person’s Guide to Surviving and Thriving Through The Holidays Without Losing Your Sobriety or Your Sanity”, 2009.

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Topics: Prelude, Recovery

What Are the Insurance Options for Treatment?

Posted by Prelude on Nov 18, 2015 2:31:12 PM

There’s a lot to think about when you are making the decision to seek help for substance use. Even if budget is a factor, it shouldn’t deter you from getting the help you need. It seems like there is always talk about the rising cost of healthcare, and you are wondering if your insurance policy will cover your substance abuse recovery costs. Remember that there are options available and that your recovery should always be your primary focus.

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Topics: Recovery

How Long Does Treatment Take?

Posted by Prelude on Nov 13, 2015 3:07:44 PM

When it comes to seeking help for your substance use, there is no time like the present. You can’t change the past, but you have all of the power over your future. So you decide that it’s time to begin your journey to recovery. But you ask yourself, how long is this going to take? It’s obvious that changing your life’s journey will not happen overnight, but you wonder realistically how long the treatment process will take.

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Topics: Recovery

How Addiction Can Affect An Entire Community

Posted by Prelude on Nov 6, 2015 1:18:41 PM

When you’re dealing with addiction, it can feel like you’re stranded on an island. But that couldn’t be further from the truth. Help is out there, and you can get it simply by reaching out. Friends, family and treatment facilities are there to help.  They always will be. And, to be honest, it will probably surprise you just how much support you actually have. It’s just that right now in this moment, you may not be able to see it.  

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Topics: Addicton, Prelude

Stop Punishing. Seek Help.

Posted by Prelude on Oct 30, 2015 2:36:41 PM

Why you shouldn’t punish your addicted child.

It’s a bad dream you wish you could just wake up from.  Unfortunately, for parents dealing with addicted kids, it’s a nightmare reality where pinching yourself doesn’t help you escape.  It’s a cold, hard truth.  Your loved one is abusing drugs and/or alcohol.

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Topics: Addicton, Recovery

Does Treatment Work?

Posted by Prelude on Oct 22, 2015 9:43:00 AM

If you’re considering professional treatment, how do you know if it works?

You’ve had it with this dark part of your life.  You’re tired of seeing your friends and family worry.  You’re tired of the excuses and the lack of money.  Shoot - you’re just plain tired. But, you’re ready!  You’re ready to walk… scratch that... you’re ready to run into that bright light at the end of the addiction tunnel.  You’re ready to travel down the road to recovery.  It’s taken a long time and a lot of courage to get here.  But, there’s still that one small shred of doubt lurking in the shadows.  Will treatment work for me?

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Topics: Recovery

Coming to Terms with Your Addiction.

Posted by Prelude on Oct 15, 2015 9:38:00 AM

You’ve been denying it for a while now. You’ve lost great relationships because of your substance use. You may have even lost your job and your home. There’s no more ignoring it. Your addiction has taken control of your life. What was once important to you is no longer the priority. The good news is you have the power to take your life back from your addiction. By coming to terms with your problem, you can get help and begin your road to recovery.

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Topics: Addicton, Recovery

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At Prelude, we work tirelessly to improve the lives of individuals, their families, and members of their communities.

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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