10,000 Church Challenge: Healthy Life Habits

The 10,000 Church challenge theme for February and March is Healthy Life Habits. The Healthy Life Habits Committee will be addressing the following topics in The Spire, Wesley Weekly and Sunday bulletins. As we cover each topic, you can click to discover links and more information about each topic:

Proper storage and disposal of unused medications:

Risks of improper storage and disposal of prescription and over-the-counter medications include:

  • Contaminating local water sources and affecting fish and wildlife
  • Accidental ingestion by children with potentially toxic effects
  • Inappropriate use leading to dependence or addiction

Safe disposal of medications in Champaign-Urbana: Any of the three police stations in Champaign-Urbana offer a place for disposing of unused medications.

  • Champaign Police Department – 82 E. University Ave., Champaign
  • University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign Police Department – 1110 W. Springfield Ave., Urbana

Update: we’ve learned that the Urbana PD no longer collects unused medications. However, Champaign and U of I campus police continue to offer this service.

For more information on unused medication disposal:

Risks of opioid pain medications

Improper use and abuse of prescription opioid pain relieving drugs (like hydrocodone, oxycodone, morphine, codeine, and fentanyl) is a growing problem in the United States. Unintentional overdoses have more than quadrupled since 1999, causing more deaths than heroin and cocaine. In the Midwest, it is estimated that ~13.5% of people over the age of 12 have used pain reliever medications for non-medical reasons at some point in their life. Many people are prescribed these types of pain medication but are unaware of their potential pitfalls, and ease of access to these medications has contributed to non-medical use of prescription pain killers.

For more information on abuse of pain medications:

You can be proactive by learning what to ask your doctor before taking opioids and properly disposing of all medicines that are no longer needed.

You can also find help from a number of local addiction treatment services.

Unhealthy alcohol use

It can be hard to recognize unhealthy alcohol habits in yourself as well as others, but alcohol can be dangerous, destructive, and even deadly.

DrugAbuse.gov and the Centers for Disease Control  are among the resources which define patterns of excessive alcohol use:

  • Binge drinking: a single occasion consuming 5+ drinks (men) or 4+ drinks (women)
  • Heavy drinking: 15+ drinks per week (men) or 8+ drinks per week (women)

But these do not define the upper limits of safe drinking, in fact, any drinking that causes relationship problems or interferes with school, work, social activities, or your ability to think clearly is problematic.

Local resources for individuals struggling with alcohol abuse and their loved ones include:

Smoking and How to Quit

Smoking not only harms the smoker, but secondhand smoke can have significant negative health effects on adults and children who are exposed. It’s never too late to stop smoking, which can reduce the risk of many negative health consequences.

Here are important resources to help quit smoking:

Getting Good Sleep

Good sleep is important to maintaining health. “Sleep hygiene” is defined as behaviors that one can do to help promote good sleep using behavioral interventions. Here are some tips for good sleep hygiene:

  • Maintain a regular sleep routine: go to bed and wake up within 20 minutes of the same time each day
  • Avoid napping if possible
  • Don’t stay awake in bed for more than 5-10 minutes: if you are having trouble falling asleep, get out of bed and sit in a chair until you feel tired
  • Don’t watch TV, read, or use your cell phone in bed
  • Limit caffeine intake, especially after noon
  • Avoid cigarettes and alcohol
  • Get regular exercise
  • Keep your bedroom dark and comfortable: a little cooler temperature is better than a warm temperature
  • Hide the clock
  • Have a comfortable pre-bedtime routine

Check out the American Sleep Association website for more information about sleep hygiene and other sleep topics. You can also download our sleep handout.

Finally, remember you can always talk to your doctor about sleep. In some cases, a sleep study may be appropriate to diagnose a sleep disorder.



Addiction treatment services in Champaign-Urbana

The Prairie Center (www.prairie-center.com)

  • 24-Hour Help Hotline: 217-356-7576
  • Services:
    • Prevention services
    • Outpatient services
    • DUI services
    • Drug testing

Carle Addiction Recovery Center (https://carle.org/services/addiction)

  • (217) 383-6039
  • Services:
    • Intensive outpatient program
    • Continuing care program
    • One-on-one counseling
    • Group therapy
    • Adolescent treatment (teens ages 14-18)
    • Youth counseling
    • Family counseling
    • Intervention services
    • DUI services
    • Nicotine cessation
    • Physician-prescribed medication for addiction treatment (Suboxone opiate, Campral, Naltrexone)

Rosecrance (www.rosecrancechampaignurbana.org)

  • (217) 398-8080
  • Services:
    • Confidential free substance abuse assessments
    • Adult substance abuse IOP (intensive outpatient treatment)
    • Adult dual-diagnosis IOP
    • Adolescent substance abuse services
    • Substance abuse continuing care groups

The Pavilion (www.pavilionhospital.com/programs-services/addiction-treatment/)

  • (217) 373-1700 or (800) 373-1700
  • Services:
    • Medical Detoxification
    • Dual Diagnosis Treatment
    • Residential Treatment
    • Partial Hospitalization/IOP
    • Psychiatric Evaluation and Comprehensive Assessment
    • Individualized Treatment Plan
    • Individual, Family and Group Therapy
    • Medication Management and Education
    • Discharge Planning and Aftercare Coordination
    • Family Education
    • Attendance of 12-Step Meetings

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