Manning Regional Healthcare Center

April is Alcohol Awareness Month

Since the onset of the pandemic, there has been a notable increase in alcohol use and abuse in Iowa. According to the governor, there has been an 18% increase in alcohol related deaths in the past year throughout the state.

“We are seeing this impact here in Manning with an increased wait list for admission to our Recovery Center with referrals from all over the state,” said Recovery Center Director Taya Vonnahme, MSN, RN, ARNP, tCDAC.

As April is recognized as Alcohol Awareness month, the Recovery Center at MRHC aims to be proactive in helping individuals struggling with an alcohol addiction. Alcohol Awareness Month is an initiative by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence to increase awareness and educate the public about the dangers of alcoholism and alcohol related issues.

Vonnahme encourages everyone to be aware of some of the most common warning signs of alcohol abuse:

  • Experiencing temporary blackouts or short-term memory loss
  • Exhibiting signs of irritability and extreme mood swings
  • Making excuses for drinking such as to relax, deal with stress or just to feel “normal”
  • Choosing drinking over other responsibilities and obligations
  • Becoming isolated and distant from friends and family members
  • Drinking alone or in secrecy
  • Feeling hungover when not drinking
  • Changing appearance and friend groups

“If you feel that you have a problem, ask for help. Ask family and friends and reach out to your local substance abuse center or Iowa hotline for help. If families see a problem that a loved one does not, they may be able to get someone to treatment with a court order,” said Vonnahme.

For individuals who may be concerned that they have an alcohol problem, a substance abuse self-test is available on the Recovery Center website for reference. It can be found at

“We want to remind everyone that there is not a replacement for alcohol. Those who have an addiction need treatment and need to eliminate this form of behavior from their life,” said Vonnahme.

The Recovery Center at MRHC is a 16-bed, co-ed chemical dependency facility located in Manning. Services include detoxification, residential treatment, outpatient treatment and consultations or evaluations. For nearly four decades, Recovery Center staff have adapted treatments to meet the most pressing or newly emergent addiction issues. From alcoholism, to the influx of meth to the abuse of prescription painkillers, staff have consistently helped clients take their first step toward healthy, drug and alcohol-free lifestyles.   

For more information about the Recovery Center, visit or call 712-655-2300.

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