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Dear Community Member,

Welcome to our monthly newsletter! Our hope is that each time you open it, you will find current and informative content to help keep you and your families safe from the dangers of substance abuse.
In The News
Linked: Adverse Childhood Experiences, Health + Addiction
By Adi Jaffe Ph.D . - Psychology Today
"People who have had an ACE score are two to four times more likely to start using  alcohol  or drugs at an early age, compared to those without an ACE score. People with an ACE score of 5 or higher are  up to ten times more likely to experience addiction compared with people who haven’t experienced childhood trauma .

There’s an overwhelming amount of evidence supporting this notion: the majority of people currently experiencing mental health or addiction problems have a history of adverse childhood experiences. That’s not to say that all children who experience trauma will go on to have a substance use disorder, because there are a lot of other factors at play, but it is a nearly-necessary component of a person’s history that requires serious consideration in treatment.

We need to focus on providing resources to the people at greatest risk and making sure those resources go into programs that reduce or mitigate adversity.
Dr. Daniel Sumrock says we can do these things to help people change addiction by:
  • Address a person’s unresolved childhood trauma through individual and/ or group therapy
  • Treat people with compassion and respect
  • Use harm minimization principles such as providing medication treatments for addiction
  • Help people with an addiction find a ‘ritualized compulsive comfort-seeking behavior’ that is less harmful to their health.

Recovery programs should take ACEs into account, getting to the "why" of the addiction, not just putting a Band-Aid on the compulsive seeking symptom."

Omaha-Area Addiction Resources
September is National Recovery Month, please see the following list of just a few of the addiction treatment resources in our community.

Stephen Center HERO Program - Offers a multitude of service such as: Sober Homes, 12-Step treatment, Inpatient/Outpatient treatment and intensive treatment.

Siena/Francis House Miracle Treatment Center- Services offered include a residential substance abuse treatment program and a sober living environment.

Nova Treatment Community - Provides substance use, mental health and co-occurring treatment services, education programs, foster care and in-home services for children, adolescents, adults and families. 

Douglas County Detoxification Services - Offers services to individuals aged 19 and older who may benefit from medical support in a safe environment during withdrawal from alcohol or other drugs.

Boys Town Pediatrics Chemical Use Program- Serves youth ages 11-19 by providing drug and alcohol education, treatment and prevention services.

Keystone Treatment Center - Provides the substance abuse treatment via evidence-based programming, research-supported methods and modalities, and personalized care that is delivered with both compassion and respect.
Upcoming Events
The More You Know
September is National Family Meals Month! Research shows that families who eat together are happier and healthier. Here are 7 ways you can make family meals together a little easier.

  1. Schedule family meal times
  2. Make sure the adults agree
  3. Be flexible
  4. Include everyone in planning
  5. Focus on the time, not the dinner
  6. Ban technology at the table
  7. Keep meal times happy
Teens that have fewer than 3 families meals a week are more likely to:
Coalition Rx Spotlight
New Board Members
Angie Bellinghausen, LADC & LIMHP -Private Practice in Omaha
Angie was CEO and Clinical Director of ABH Addiction & Behavioral Health Services Inc. for 17 successful years and now runs her own private practice in the Omaha area.
Karla Dush - Program Specialist at Operation Youth Success (OYS)
At OYS, Karla facilitates the process to change and improve Douglas County’s juvenile justice reform, by leading groups of stakeholders to develop and implement ideas.
Training Opportunity
Have You Heard About Operation N.E.T.S.?
Omaha Fire Department
Omaha Police Department
Douglas County Sheriffs Department
Help Reduce the Misuse of Substances of Abuse
We provide two evidence-based programs for youth and families. Strengthening Families Program 10-14 and Too Good For Drugs and Violence K-8. If you are interested in attending one of our programs or would like to set up a presentation at your organization please call 402-552-2221.
Each month Coalition Rx hosts a community meeting. We partner with local experts to discuss the substance abuse issues in our community and how we can combat this epidemic. Please join us on September 19th to talk with Omaha Crime Stoppers about what they do and how the community can help!
Founded in 2015, our mission is to reduce the misuse of all substances of abuse by raising awareness and partnering with community organizations to provide public and professional education, prevention and treatment resources, and policy advocacy.
Carey Pomykata Executive Director
(402) 552-2221