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April Is Alcohol Awareness Month

Alcohol Awareness – The Key to Community Change, Personal and Family Recovery
28 Years of Improving and Saving Lives Through Prevention, Treatment and Recovery

Each April since 1987, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD) sponsors NCADD Alcohol Awareness Month to increase public awareness and understanding, reduce stigma and encourage local communities to focus on alcoholism and alcohol-related issues. This April, NCADD highlights the important public health issue of underage drinking, a problem with devastating individual, family and community consequences.

Alcohol use by young people is extremely dangerous—both to themselves and to society, and is directly associated with traffic fatalities, violence, suicide, educational failure, alcohol overdose, unsafe sex and other problem behaviors. Annually, over 6,500 people under the age of 21 die from alcohol-related accidents and thousands more are injured.


  • Alcohol is the number one drug of choice for America’s young people, and is more likely to kill young people than all illegal drugs combined.
  • Each day, 7,000 kids in the United States under the age of 16 take their first drink.
  • Those who begin drinking before age 15 are four times more likely to develop alcoholism than those who begin at age 21.
  • More than 1,700 college students in the U.S. are killed each year—about 4.65 a day—as a result of alcohol-related injuries.
  • 25% of U.S. children are exposed to alcohol-use disorders in their family.
  • Underage alcohol use costs the nation an estimated $62 billion annually.

Reducing underage drinking is critical to securing a healthy future for America’s youth and requires a cooperative effort from parents, schools, community organizations, business leaders, government agencies, the entertainment industry, alcohol manufacturers/retailers and young people.

“Underage drinking is a complex issue,” says Greg Muth, chairperson of the NCADD Board of Directors, “one that can only be solved through a sustained and cooperative effort. As a nation, we need to wake up to the reality that for some, alcoholism and addiction develop at a young age and that intervention, treatment, and recovery support are essential for them and their families,” says Muth. “We can’t afford to wait any longer.”

The Ben Gordon Center provides Substance Use treatment for Youths and Adults and we also fight the trends of underage drinking and drugs with the work of the Prevention & Education team.  Call 815-756-4875 for more information.

When the alcohol or drug use of someone you care about is cause for concern, our substance abuse treatment professionals can provide a thorough clinical assessment and recommendation for further treatment. Treatment Services:

  • Comprehensive assessment of alcohol/drug use and recommendations
  • Variable intensity outpatient treatment services
    • Intensive outpatient program
    • Outpatient treatment groups
    • Individual therapy
    • Education about alcohol and other drugs
  • Family education and support
  • Residential support for women in recovery and their children
  • DUI evaluation and risk education
  • Urine chemical screening for clients in treatment


Do You Bottle Up Your Stress??


Today is…..National Alcohol Screening Day

 Alcohol may help you cope in the short term, but over time this strategy may backfire.  

Take an anonymous screening here on the BGC website to assess your alcohol use.  Just click on the Online Mental Health Screening Button to the right here.

Held annually on Thursday of the first full week of April, National Alcohol Screening Day is an outreach, education, and screening program that raises awareness about alcohol misuse and refers individuals with alcohol problems for further treatment. Thousands of colleges, community-based organizations, and military installations provide the program to the public each year.

The Ben Gordon Center has a dedicated, knowledgeable team of clinician and experts to help you in our fight against substance use.  Please call today for an assessment or to speak with an expert.  815-756-4875

April is Alcohol Awareness Month

alcohol-awareness-month-2013-BLOG-APRILEach day, 7,000 kids in the United States under the age of 16 take their first drink and 25% of U.S. children are exposed to alcohol-use disorders in their family.

Learn the facts about alcohol: www.ncadd.org

Learn about Ben Gordon Center’s treatment options for substance abuse at www.bengordoncenter.org

Prevent….who is the most powerful influence in your children’s life?


Did you know: kids who learn a lot about the risks of substance use from their parents are up to 50% less likely to use than those who do not?

Talk to your kids and help prevent substance misuse.  Check out the link below for some great resources.  You can also reach out to our Prevention & Education team at the Ben Gordon Center.  Call Capri or Mary for more information at 815-756-8501.

Did you know: kids who learn a lot about the risks of substance use from their parents are up to 50% less likely to use than those who do not? Talk to your kids and help prevent substance misuse. http://www.drugfree.org/prevent?utm_source=drugfree%2Bhomepage&utm_medium=prevent%2Bbanner&utm_campaign=home,%2Bprevent,%2Bbanner

Ben Gordon Center Offers Mental Health First Aid Training


Tuesday, April 29  8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Resource Bank – Genoa Branch, Community Room, 310 Illinois 23, Genoa, IL


Wednesday, May 14  8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Kishwaukee Hospital, Roberts Conference Room, One Kish Hospital Drive

 The stigma surrounding mental illness often prevents people from seeking help or even acknowledging that they need help. And if they do want help, they don’t know where to turn.  Mental Health First Aid equips the public to help persons with mental illness connect to care.

You will learn
–The prevalence of mental illnesses in the U.S. and the emotional and economic cost.
–The potential warning signs and risk factors for depression, anxiety disorders, trauma, psychotic disorders, eating disorders, and substance use disorders.
–A 5-step action plan to help an individual in crisis connect to professional care.
–Resources available to help someone with a mental health problem.

TO REGISTER or for more information, please call Michelle at 815-757-3488 or email me at bgcml@bengordoncenter.org

Women In Transition Group Starting Soon

” Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end”


 stressedA Women in Transition Group will be starting on April 8th, 2014.  It will be every Tuesday from 5:30-6:30pm.



What is this group about?

This group is about learning coping tools in dealing with all the feelings and issues that one can run into when faced with a transition. This group is about expressing feelings, receiving support from others who have been trough similar transitions, learning how to let go of the old, and create new beginnings.

 What are transitions?

Transitions are times of traveling from something old and familiar to something new and unfamiliar. Transitions are not the same as changes. Change is situational, transitions are psychological. They can be predictable and unpredictable. Some involve major disruptions in routines and they can be very difficult to get through.  

This group is for Women 18yo and up who have gone through, or are currently going through a transition. Some examples of transitions are:



-loss of job

-new job

-becoming a parent



-empty nester

-starting college


If you would like more information on this group please feel free to call the Ben Gordon Center at 815-756-4875. 


Enroll DeKalb County


If you are uninsured, under-insured or just looking for a more affordable health insurance option, the Health Insurance Marketplace is the resource for you. The online marketplace lets you compare health plans and costs before you decide what plan to buy. You may also qualify for financial help through the Marketplace to lower monthly premiums and out-of pocket costs.

Shopping for affordable insurance and applying for Medicaid can be tricky! The DeKalb County Health Department is available to assist residents and the community. Trained Counselors are available free of charge to answer questions as well as help you navigate the Marketplace. Additional information on the Affordable Care Act can be found at Resources Page.

Are you interested in registering yourself? Visit GetCoveredIllinois.gov to begin your enrollment.


 The phone number is 815-758-6673…..


Address:  2550 North Annie Glidden Road   DeKalb

Self Injury Awareness Day is Today

170px-Orange_ribbon.svgMarch 1, 2014 is Self-Injury Awareness Day.  Join Special Programs and Youth Team in support of the fight against Self-Harm.  Contact the Special Programs team for more information on therapy & groups offered at Ben Gordon Center on Non-Suicidal Self Injury.

Self-injury Awareness Day (SIAD) is a grassroots annual global awareness event / campaign on March 1st, where on this day, and in the weeks leading up to it, some people choose to be more open about their own self-harm, and awareness organizations make special efforts to raise awareness about self-harm and self-injury. Some people wear an orange awareness ribbon, write “LOVE” on their arms, draw a butterfly on their wrists in awareness of “the Butterfly Project” wristband or beaded bracelet to encourage awareness of self-harm. The goal of the people who observe SIAD is to break down the common stereotypes surrounding self-harm and to educate medical professionals about the condition.

The Fight Continues

imageEating Disorders Awareness Week may be ending, but the fight for overcoming Eating Disorders will continue.  If you have a loved one who is struggling with an Eating Disorder, voice your concern, and gather all the resources you can in order to help them seek professional help.  Contact the Special Programs team at the Ben Gordon Center at 815-756-4875.

The Special Programs team would like to thank you for your support of Eating Disorder Awareness! We appreciate the stories we’ve heard this week of clients who have opened up about their concerns with food and body image, after seeing the Eating Disorders table.

“No one can make you get better.

The battle for recovery is not between you and me.

It’s not between your ED and anyone else.

The battle you have to fight to get better is inside of you.

The battle you have to fight is between your healthy self and your eating disorder self.”
~therapist to client at the beginning of therapy~