While holiday festivities make December merry, they also can be a time of grief because of the impact of drug or alcohol-related deaths on America’s roads. National Impaired Driving Prevention Month calls attention to the increase in driving deaths from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) reports that 26 million people over the age of 16 drove while under the influence of alcohol or drugs in the past year, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notes that 29 people die each day in crashes involving an alcohol-impaired driver. In Illinois, alcohol was a factor in 21 percent of all crash-related fatalities in 2020.
“All the holiday festivities can bring temptations with potentially tragic consequences for individuals with substance use disorders or those who are in recovery,” said Rosecrance Regional President Carlene Cardosi. “However, a loving, supportive system of care along with self-awareness and a plan for uncomfortable situations can make a difference. Please know that getting help now can save your life, and others, this year.”
Rosecrance offers a full continuum of mental health and substance use treatment for adults who may need help. Assessments and prevention and early intervention are available at locations in northern Illinois, Chicagoland, and Champaign. Also, Rosecrance McHenry County offers a DUI evaluation program for those who have been convicted of DUI offenses. In Iowa, Rosecrance Jackson Centers offers a full continuum of care for substance use treatment for adults who may need help. Assessments and prevention and early intervention are available at locations in Siouxland. In addition, OWI/DUI classes are offered through the Sioux City and Davenport locations.
In addition, Rosecrance is committed to providing outpatient and residential treatment to adults who request a higher level of care. These services connect clients with valuable resources, community connections, and ongoing support available through any location.
If you or a loved one need help this holiday season, please call our caring Access counselors at 888.928.5278. We are admitting clients for all levels of care, and our staff will walk you through the insurance process.