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Trillium to focus on alcohol abuse

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BY AMELIA HARPER
Staff Writer

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Today is National Alcohol Screening Day and Trillium Health Resources is using the opportunity to highlight its Access Point program, which provides anonymous, self-conducted screenings for a number of mental health issues including alcohol-use disorder.

“The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism and the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence have designated April as Alcohol Awareness Month. During this month, Trillium Health Resources joins these organizations to promote awareness of the signs for alcohol use disorder,” a press release from the organization stated.

Trillium Health Resources is Nash County’s specialty care manager for individuals with substance use disorders, mental illness and intellectual/developmental disabilities.

Alcohol-abuse disorder is one of the most significant public health issues in the United States, the press release said. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, an estimated 16.6 million Americans have alcohol-abuse disorder but only about 8 percent of those people have sought treatment. 

Warning signs of alcohol use disorder include:

■ drinking more than intended

■ preoccupation with alcohol

■ continued use of alcohol even when it causes problems

■ consumption of a larger amount of drinks in order to achieve a previous effect

■ withdrawal symptoms from a rapid decrease in or abstinence from drinking

■ reduction in social and work activities and loss of interest in hobbies

■ failure to fulfill major obligations at work, school or home due to repeated alcohol us

■ unsuccessful attempts at cutting back drinking even when trying.

“If you or someone you love is exhibiting one or more of these symptoms, it is important to seek help,” said Antoinette Barnhill, communications coordinator for Trillium Health Resources.

Barnhill said residents of Nash County can use the Access Point program to self-screen for alcohol-use disorder and other issues. The portal can be found at http://trilliumncaccesspoint.org/

“Trillium will be conducting a Facebook Live feed in the afternoon on Thursday in order to highlight the Access Point screening tool for Alcohol Screening Day. We will be focusing on the online portal as this is the method which is available to all members,” Barnhill told the Telegram.

Two Rocky Mount-based Trillium providers offer help for residents with alcohol-use disorders. Macta, at 209 North Pearl St., has a crisis phone line at 252-458-6770. Starting Pointe at 301 South Church S., Suite 140, has a crisis phone number of 252-443-6653.

Other Trillium providers can be found at https://www.trilliumhealthresources.org/for-providers/provider-directory

“Our provider directory is a highly dynamic database, so we encourage all members and stakeholders to contact the call center in order to receive the most up-to-date information regarding providers in their area for their needs,” Barnhill said.

Trillium has its own 24-Hour Access to Care Line number, 1-877-685-2415, for Nash County residents in need of help. That number is 1-877-685-2415

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