An hourglass makes a great mind
soother.  Uses are limited only by your
imagination.  When life isn’t going in
the desired direction, flip it over, give
yourself some T.I.M.E. and start again!
               General Questions about the Program:

Question:  Is there a Fee
Answer:   No the program is free

Question:  What do I need to bring with me
Answer:  Everything you need will be provided

Question:  Do I have to be homeless
Answer:  Yes you have to be homeless. Keep in mind homeless has many definitions and
you should call our office to see if you qualify as being homeless.

Question:  Do I have to give a clean drug screen
Answer:  Yes you have to been completely detoxed and have a clean drug screen

Question:  Can I be on parole, probation or be court ordered
Answer:  Yes and we do notify the agency of your progress
Questions of Interest:

Question:  What Is Drug Abuse?

Answer:  Generally, when most people talk about substance abuse, they are referring to the use of illegal drugs. But the broad range of
substance abuse in today's society is not that simple. There are substances that can be abused for their mood-altering effects that are not
drugs at all -- inhalants and solvents -- and there are drugs that can be abused that have few mood-altering or intoxication properties, such
as anabolic steroids.

Substance abuse can simply be defined as a pattern of harmful use of any substance for mood-altering purposes. Medline's medical
encyclopedia defines drug abuse as "the use of illicit drugs or the abuse of prescription or over-the-counter drugs for purposes other than
those for which they are indicated or in a manner or in quantities other than directed."

Illegal drugs are not the only substances that can be abused. Alcohol, prescription and over-the-counter medications, inhalants and
solvents, and even coffee and cigarettes, can all be used to harmful excess. Theoretically, almost any substance can be abused.
For many substances, the line between use and abuse is not clear. Is having a couple of drinks every day after work to unwind use or
abuse? Is drinking two pots of coffee in the morning to get your day started use or abuse? Generally in these situations, only the individual
himself can determine where use ends and abuse begins.

Question:  Am I an Addict?

Answer:  Many times, determining whether someone is an actual addict or not is really not all that important. If someone's drinking and
drugging has advanced to the point to where it has become a problem for them and those around them, then it is a problem, period. If the
person has tried to quit -- swore to themselves and others "never again!" -- and simply cannot stop, then chances are they have become
dependent or addicted.
Not everyone who uses drugs becomes addicted, but substance abuse can cause problems for individuals whether they are technically
addicted or not. There are different levels of substance abuse, and all of them can be dangerous.

Substance Abuse Disorder: Using drugs or other substances becomes abusive and categorized as a "disorder" when the use begins to
cause continuing or growing problems in the user's life. These problems include missing work or school, driving under the influence, legal
problems, and problems with friends or family relationships.

Chemical Dependency: Dependency usually becomes noticeable in substance abusers when they continue their pattern of drug use in
spite of incurring significant problems in their lives. Some signs of chemical dependency include spending more time on drug-seeking
behavior, withdrawing from society and activities, an increased tolerance to the substance, unsuccessful attempts to quit, withdrawal
symptoms during abstinence or reduced intake, and continuing use in spite of negative consequences.

Chemical Addiction: Addiction can best be described as a compulsive continued use of a drug or substance and a complete inability to
stop. An addict is a person who is controlled by a drug or substance.

The following questions were written by recovering addicts in Narcotics Anonymous and published in NA's brochure "Am I an Addict?" If you
have doubts about whether or not you are an addict, take a few moments to read the questions below and answer them as honestly as you

*Do you ever use alone?

*Have you ever substituted one drug for another, thinking that one particular drug was the problem?

*Have you ever manipulated or lied to a doctor to obtain prescription drugs?

*Have you ever stolen drugs or stolen to obtain drugs?

*Do you regularly use a drug when you wake up or when you go to bed?

*Have you ever taken one drug to overcome the effects of another?

*Do you avoid people or places that do not approve of you using drugs?

*Have you ever used a drug without knowing what it was or what it would do to you?

*Has your job or school performance ever suffered from the effects of your drug use?

*Have you ever been arrested as a result of using drugs?

*Have you ever lied about what or how much you use?

*Do you put the purchase of drugs ahead of your financial responsibilities?

*Have you ever tried to stop or control your using?

*Have you ever been in a jail, hospital, or drug rehabilitation center because of your using?

*Does using interfere with your sleeping or eating?

*Does the thought of running out of drugs terrify you?

*Do you feel it is impossible for you to live without drugs?

*Do you ever question your own sanity?

*Is your drug use making life at home unhappy?

*Have you ever thought you couldn’t fit in or have a good time without drugs?

*Have you ever felt defensive, guilty, or ashamed about your using?

*Do you think a lot about drugs?

*Have you had irrational or indefinable fears?

*Has using affected your sexual relationships?

*Have you ever taken drugs you didn’t prefer?

*Have you ever used drugs because of emotional pain or stress?

*Have you ever overdosed on any drugs?

*Do you continue to use despite negative consequences?

*Do you think you might have a drug problem?

Answer:   If you answered yes to some of the above questions, you may want to seek further evaluation.
Question: What Is Detoxification, or Detox?

Answer: Detoxification is the process of allowing the body to rid itself of a drug while managing the
symptoms of withdrawal. It is often the first step in a drug treatment program and should be followed by
treatment with a behavioral-based therapy and/or a medication, if available. Detox alone with no
follow-up is not treatment.

Question: What is Withdrawal?

Answer: Withdrawal is the variety of symptoms that occur after use of some addictive drugs is reduced
or stopped. Length of withdrawal and symptoms vary with the type of drug.

For example, physical symptoms of heroin withdrawal may include: restlessness, muscle and bone pain,
insomnia, diarrhea, vomiting, and cold flashes. These physical symptoms may last for several days, but
the general depression, or dysphoria (opposite of euphoria), that often accompanies heroin withdrawal
may last for weeks.

Note** Treating withdrawal is not the same as treating addiction.
Question:  What are some Commonly Abused Drugs:

Answer:  There are an estimated 15.9 million illicit drug users in the United States, according to the
prescription drugs, over-the-counter medication, alcohol or other substances. These are some of the
most commonly abused drugs.

Barbiturates Cocaine and Crack
Date Rape Drugs
Ecstasy - MDMA
Inhalant Abuse
Prescription Medications
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