All SAISD services are confidential. You can visit us without anyone finding out. If you want to break free of drinking or drugs, or want to help a deaf/hard-of-hearing person do it, we can help.
A deaf or hard-of-hearing person may feel so alone that it is harder to break away from a drug, alcohol or tobacco problem than it is for a hearing person.
We solve the problem by setting up:
- Meetings with families, friends, coworkers, and professionals to discuss the situation
- Aftercare programs
- Support groups of deaf people sharing their struggles in developing a sober lifestyle
- Communication with the judicial system for deaf people who run into legal trouble because of alcohol or drugs
- Communication with hospitals, medical, and mental health personnel for deaf people who have physical or psychological problems because of drug/alcohol abuse
We advocate for deaf/hard-of-hearing clients by:
- Assuring program access for deaf people
- Proposing new programs and accessibility
- Working with committees related to drug/alcohol and mental health services, as well as others for deaf people
- Updating resource lists
SAISD can give you information on:
- The effects of drugs and alcohol
- Why deaf people may abuse them
- How a person's alcohol/drug use affects family, friends and coworkers
- The "roadblocks" between deaf people who become drug/alcohol abusers and the "way out"