Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services, Inc.

Welcome to the the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services, Inc. (ADAS) website. Our goal is to provide informative articles, links, and other resources relevant to substance abuse. Suggestions are welcome and may be submitted to: director@adasonline.org

ADAS is the Single County Authority (SCA) for Cameron, Elk and McKean counties. Pregnant women receive preferential services and are a priority population for treatment. There are no treatment service limitations for pregnant women.

Certified Gambling Addiction Therapists

Alcohol & Drug Abuse Services, Inc.  is excited to announce that we now have certified gambling addiction therapists in our outpatient offices.  These certifications were in response to a rise in gambling problems in our area.

How does someone know if they or a loved one has a gambling problem?

  • money is diverted from household funds to gamble.
  • late payment of household bills
  • asking to borrow money
  • tries to convince people that gambling is the best way to make easy money
  • stealing from family and friends

If you or someone you know may be having a gambling related problem, help is available.  They can contact their local ADAS office.  They can also contact the Problem Gambling Hotline at 877-565-2112.

National Drug Facts Week

National Drug Facts Week (NDFW) is a health observance week for teens that aims to shatter the myths about drugs and drug abuse. The annual event is sponsored by the National Institute on Drug Abuse and offers several community-based events and activities on the Web, on TV, and through contests. One of the more interesting features of the website allows users to test their Drug IQ by taking an interactive test. How much do you think you know? You can find out by taking the ten minute challenge here.

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Awareness Month

November is COPD awareness month. COPD is a lung disease characterized by shortness of breath, wheezing, tightness in chest, coughing, and excessive mucus production in the lungs. Each year, over 120,000 Americans die as a result of complications from COPD, while many more suffer severe disability from it. Currently, there are more than 12 million diagnosed cases of COPD in the United States, but experts estimate at least 12 million more may have the disease, but are undiagnosed. COPD is a blanket disease that includes Emphysema and Chronic Bronchitis. Currently there is no cure for COPD, but there is effective treatment for the disease. The earlier COPD is diagnosed and treated, the better patients respond to the treatment.

There are several risk factors for developing COPD. Smoking is one of the biggest risk factors for developing COPD. 80% to 90% of people diagnosed with COPD are either current smokers or former smokers. If you currently smoke, quitting now will greatly reduce your chances of developing COPD. The environment in which you live is also a major risk factor of developing COPD. Exposure to dust and chemical fumes is attributed to 19% of COPD cases in smokers, and 31% of COPD cases in non-smokers. Genetics are also another factor in developing COPD. It appears that COPD may run in families, and this may be due to our genetic programming. Some studies have indicated that adults having Asthma may be 12 times more likely to develop COPD than those without Asthma.

If you are concerned that you or a loved one may have COPD, please consult a doctor to be tested and treated.

For more information on COPD, and Lung Disease, and information on how to quit smoking, check out the following links:

www.lung.org

www.lungdisease.org

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