Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know if I have a problem with alcohol?
- Have you ever felt you should cut down on your drinking?
- Have people annoyed you by criticizing your drinking?
- Have you ever felt bad or guilty about your drinking?
- Have you ever had a drink first thing in the morning to steady your nerves or to get rid of a hangover?
One "yes" answer suggests a possible alcohol problem. More than one "yes" answer means it is highly likely that a problem exists. If you think you might have a problem with alcohol or other addictions, contact NAIC at (405) 321-0022.
What are the symptoms of alcoholism?
Alcoholism, also known as alcohol dependence, is a disease that includes the following four symptoms:
- Craving--A strong need, or urge, to drink.
- Loss of control--Not being able to stop drinking once drinking has begun.
- Physical dependence--Withdrawal symptoms, such as nausea, sweating, shakiness, and anxiety after stopping drinking.
- Tolerance--The need to drink greater amounts of alcohol to get "high."
*Reprinted from National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
If someone has a problem with alcohol, drugs or gambling but is unwilling to get help, what can I do about it?
This can be a challenge. No one can be forced to get help except under certain circumstances, such as a violent incident that results in court-ordered treatment or medical emergency. But you don't have to wait for someone to "hit rock bottom" to act.
Many treatment specialists suggest the following steps to help someone get treatment:
- Stop all "cover ups"
- Get educated
- Go to an Al-Anon meeting
- Get treatment for yourself
Does NAIC have programs for family members of people whose lives have gotten off track because of alcohol, drugs, and gambling?
Yes, we do. Please contact our office to register for the group or class that is best suited for your situation.
When is NAIC open?
NAIC is open from 8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Friday. Counseling appointments, groups and classes are scheduled until 9:00 p.m. and some weekends.
The process to get a first appointment scheduled is to Walk-in fill out paperwork and is conducted Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. through 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. through 4:00 p.m.
DUI assessments are made by appointment only.
What can I do if I need help after hours?
NAIC does offer evening and weekend programs. If you need immediate assistance after hours, contact one of the following:
- Reachout Hotline, 1-800-522-4700
- Gambling Hotline, 1-800-522-4700
What if I cannot afford to pay for treatment?
NAIC creates payment schedules for those who need it. We also accept many major insurance providers. No one is refused services based on inability to pay.
Does NAIC have a DUI School?
Yes. The alcohol and drug substance abuse course along with the DUI assessment program meets state requirements for drivers license reinstatement in a program that is professional, discrete and confidential. The DUI assessment will determine whether you are referred to the 10-hour or 24-hour DUI School. NAIC also provides the state required Victim's Impact Program.
Call NAIC to schedule an assessment appointment.