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Posted by Sandy Durbala on Jan 6, 2019 7:06:00 PM

Prelude's Transitional Housing Program

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Healthy Screen Time Guidelines

Posted by Prelude on Jun 6, 2017 1:20:13 PM

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.

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SAMHSA: National Prevention Week 

Posted by Prelude on May 18, 2017 9:21:14 AM

The week of May 14-20 Prelude is observing National Prevention Week, promoted by SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration).  National Prevention Week is held each year during the third week of May—near the start of summer. According to SAMHSA’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health, adolescents and full-time college students most often use substances for the first time during June or July. The timing of National Prevention Week provides an opportunity for schools and organizations to host prevention-themed events before the school year ends, raising awareness about this important issue among students and their families. 

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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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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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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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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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What is CARF Accreditation?

Posted by Prelude on Jul 16, 2015 8:34:00 AM

When you choose a product, you go with a brand you trust and a company that considers you first and foremost. Why should your choice in a behavioral health provider be any different?

Choosing a place to send your loved one—or yourself—is a difficult decision.  How can you ensure that the provider meets the highest industry standards?  How can you make sure that the staff is properly trained? And how can you make sure their programs are suited to your recovery needs. 

That’s what Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) accreditation is for. It’s the best way to ensure that the organization will care for you or your loved one in a safe, supportive and effective environment.

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How Much does Treatment Cost?

Posted by Prelude on Jun 1, 2015 1:17:00 PM


When addiction is hurting you or a loved one, you’ll do anything to stop it. You might try self-help, attending meetings or join another group to help you change your behavior.

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April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

Posted by Prelude on Apr 10, 2015 9:18:00 AM

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. Communities nationwide come together to celebrate the great childhoods we can build for all children. Watch for blue pinwheels that symbolize the joyful, carefree childhood all children deserve.

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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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