Sobering Center Adds New Executive Director
Laura E. Sovine, LMSW-AP
Photo Credit Courtesy Geoff Duncan Photography
COVID-19 has upended the lives of millions across the globe. In response to this pandemic, The Sobering Center has implemented new procedures in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19. As we come together as a community to combat the virus, we are committed to caring for the health and well-being of our clients and staff. Below are some of the safety measures we are taking as an organization:
- All individuals who enter the Sobering Center are subject to temperature checks.
- Masks must always be worn in the facility at all times when not eating and/or drinking.
- All clients upon arrival will be given a mask to wear. Wearing a mask is a mandatory part of staying and failure to keep it on can be a reason for discharge.
- All clients are be placed 6 feet part
- There will be a thorough cleaning of all client contact spaces.
- All work areas are wiped down every few hours.
For more information about COVID-19, visit CDC.gov.
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Who it’s for?
The Sobering Center Austin is for persons who meet the legal definition of intoxication. Individuals may only be referred and transported to the facility by law enforcement or emergency medical services. It is not a place where friends or family members can bring someone to sober up.
*as of October 7, 2020
SOURCE: CENTER FOR HEALTH (CHS) STATISTICS TEXAS BEHAVIORAL RISK FACTOR SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM SURVEY DATA, 2010. AUSTIN, TEXAS: TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF STATE HEALTH SERVICES
Why We Need It?
Austin has the highest per capita mixed beverage receipts in the State of Texas. The prevalence of binge drinking amongst Austin Metropolitan Statistical Area adults has been consistently and notably higher than Texas and U.S. binge drinking averages, according to Texas Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Survey Data.
What is Binge Drinking?
For men, 5 or more drinks consumed on one occasion. For women 4 or more drinks consumed on one occasion.
Binge Drinking Kills…
Excessive alcohol consumption is the third leading cause of preventable death in the United States accounting for an estimated average of 80,000 deaths and 2.3 million years of potential life lost (YPLL) during 2001—2005. Binge drinking accounted for more than half of the excessive alcohol consumption deaths and two thirds of the YPLL.
Drinking too much contributes to injuries and diseases including…
Unintentional injuries (e.g., car crashes, falls, burns, drowning) Intentional injuries (e.g., rearm injuries, sexual assault, domestic violence) Alcohol poisoning; HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases Cardiovascular, liver, diabetes diseases
Drug and alcohol dependence is a serious public health issue
Deteriorates individual’s health Negative quality of life Negative financial impact on the city, county, EMS and law enforcement