Prairie Doc® Perspectives - Addiction…Reality vs Mythology

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Bacchus was a member of the Roman pantheon of gods. In ancient times he had a variety of attributes,
but modern culture primarily remembers him as a god of wine and debauchery. Perhaps the image of his followers, or Bacchantes, as individuals who have abandoned society to live in a raucous state of perpetual inebriation has contributed to our perception of alcoholism and addiction. 
When I talk to my patients about their use of substances, be it alcohol, prescription medications, or street drugs, I find that most believe they don’t have a problem. They tell me they aren’t using every day, or they still make it to work in the morning, or they haven’t been arrested, or, my personal favorite, they only drink beer.  
There are many substances that people can misuse, and to which people can become addicted. If one peruses the current handbook that guides diagnosis in psychiatry, it is easy to see the similarities between alcohol use disorder, and opioid use disorder, and cannabis use disorder, and a myriad of other addictions. 
Sufferers may use more, or more often, than they intended. They may want to cut back but be unsuccessful when they try. They may spend unusual amounts of time seeking, using, or recovering from the use of their preferred substance. They may have strong cravings. They may give up other activities in favor of using. Their performance at work or school may suffer, or they may fail to meet family commitments. They may find themselves needing a greater quantity to achieve the same effect or having withdrawal symptoms. They may continue to use, despite knowing their use is detrimental to their relationships, or that it is dangerous and damaging their health. 
It is important to recognize that a person does not need to have all the above-mentioned experiences to have a substance use disorder. Indeed, the diagnosis can be made in the absence of most these criteria. Most who suffer from addiction are not souls lost on skid row. They are our neighbors, our friends, our family.   
Genetics is an important predictor of who will develop a substance use disorder, but it is not the only factor. Life experiences, particularly trauma experienced in childhood, personality traits, and the social environment all affect risk. 
Addiction is a common disease. Drugs and alcohol kill hundreds of Americans every day. The same is true for heart disease and cancer, and we don’t criticize the patient for these diseases. It’s time we show the same compassion for people diagnosed with addiction and consign the image of the Bacchantes to mythology.
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The Postscript - Apr 1, 2021 - The Window to Your Health

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Prairie Doc® Perspectives - Listen to Your Gut

The patient knew something was wrong. After appointments with several specialists, multiple scans, and tests, she was given a diagnosis. Still, she felt certain something was not right. I sat down with her and listened. We repeated a test she had a year prior, and this time the... [More]

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Prairie Doc® Perspectives - Sometimes a Diagnosis is Skin Deep

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Prairie Doc® Perspectives - With A Little Help

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Prairie Doc® Perspectives - Give Yourself Permission

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Prairie Doc® Perspectives - Influenza Rare This Season

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Prairie Doc® Perspectives - A Vaccine Story for the Ages

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COURT

Michele Howell Makes First Appearance on Arson Charges

Michele Howell appeared in Wallace County District Court on Wednesday, April 7th in person via zoom meeting.  Her court appointed attorney Justin Barrett, Colby opted not to appear with his client for her first appearance. Wallace County Attorney Charles Moser appeared on... [More]

Margheim and Schippers Sentenced in Wallace County District Court

Jake Wilson Margheim appeared in Wallace County District Court on November 12th, 2020 for sentencing in case number 17 CR 33.  Margheim had been charged with 1 count of unlawful possession with intent to distribute marijuana, a level 4 drug felony, on January 28, 2017.  Margheim... [More]

Traffic Court July-December 2020

Elmer Nelson of Lamar, CO was fined $93 plus court costs on 9/3/2020 - cited driving 73 mph in a 55 mph zone on 1/18/1994 by WACOSO. Kathleen Brammer of Grain Valley, MO was fined $69 plus court costs on 9/10/20250 – cited driving 79 mph in a 65 mph zone on 10/05/2018 by... [More]

Small Claims Court Proceedings

Case number 2020-SC-2 D Walker Concrete, LLC vs Jory Parks. On June 15th, 2020 (plaintiff) D Walker Concrete LLC filed claim against (defendant) Jory Parks, DBA Heartcross Ranch Designs LLC in the amount of $1150.25 for concrete delivered, plus $15 for sheriff service and $67.50... [More]

District Court Sentencings

Rolando Gonzales appeared in Wallace County District Court on January 12, 2020 for sentencing in case number 2019-CR-10 with court appointed attorney Christopher Rohr of Colby, Kans. On February 13, 2019, Gonzales had been found guilty of count 1 Possession of a Controlled Substance,... [More]

Traffic Court March - June

Skyler Jacob Adams Urban, Goodland Kans, transporting an open container, purchase/possession/comume by minor. Deferred adjudication, 12 months. Court Costs $108. William M Dysart, Jr., Weatherford, Okla, driving 82 mph in a 65 mph zone, Fined $87, court cost $108.  Shane... [More]

Wallace County District Court Proceedings

Rene Trevino appeared in Wallace County District Court on October 2, 2019 for sentencing in case number 2019 CR 12.  Trevino had been charged with 1 Count Domestic Battery, a Class B, Person Misdemeanor on September 7, 2019.  He appeared in court with court-appointed... [More]

Traffic Court for January and February

Catherine Elizabeth Capra, Pleasant Hill, Mo, driving 78 mph in a 65 mph zone, deferred, court costs $108. Justin Blake Meyer, St. Francis, Kans, liquor purchased by minor, nolo contendre, fined $200, court costs $239. Transporting an open container, guilty plea, fined $200.... [More]

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NEWS

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Quilts of Valor Honor Local Veterans

Last Sunday, the High Plains Quilts of Valor Group honored 5 local Veterans. Lowell Mather, Billy Hill, Richard Henderson, Glenn Swartz, John Helsel were each given a unique quilt. The Quilts of Valor Foundation began in 2003 with a dream.  Founder Catherine Roberts’... [More]

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2021 Prom Queen & King

Congratulations to Queen Journey Gibbs and King Dominic Penka, who were crowned at the 2021 WCHS Prom on Saturday, April 10, 2021.

Scholarship Available from Sharon Springs P.E.A.

Sharon Springs PEA (Professional Educators Association) will be offering a scholarship to a student who will be in their junior or senior year of college majoring in education.  As teachers, we know the cost of getting a degree and would like to help a student pursue their... [More]

Sen. Moran Announces Over $17 Million in Grants for Kansas Airports

WASHINGTON D.C. – U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) announced $17,461,313 in U.S. Department of Transportation grants for 28 Kansas regional airports for repairs and upgrades. “Local airports help bring economic opportunities and critical resources to communities... [More]

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KBI Serves Arrest Warrant in Child Pornography Case

WAKEENEY, Kan. – On Wednesday night, the Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI) made an arrest in a child pornography case.  On Wednesday, April 7, at approximately 8:10 p.m., KBI agents served an arrest warrant at 209 N. 4th St. in Wakeeney, Kan. Blaine D. Dryden, 62,... [More]

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Wallace County Rec Receives Donation

Midwest Energy is pleased to announce that the Wallace County Recreation Department has been selected to receive a donation of $400 from the Midwest Energy Community Fund.  Midwest Energy would like to remind all organizations that they are all welcome to apply for funding... [More]

Fertilizing Basics

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Sheriff’s Office Log - March 2021

3-2 State-wide tornado drill 3-2 Traffic complaint about erratic driver 3-2 Complaint of children in the streets 3-3 Report of deer hit on county road 3-3 Traffic complaint about erratic driver 3-3 Weskan Fire paged out; Weskan Ambulance on standby 3-4 Report of cattle out 3-4... [More]

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BUGLE NOTES

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Bugle Notes - Apr 15, 2021

The Fort Wallace Museum is pleased to host an old-fashioned Hymn Sing this Saturday, April 17 at 7 pm MDT, featuring the Dirt Roads Gospel Band of Brewster, KS. This fine gospel band will accompany the congregational singing of traditional hymns in the old 1888 Bethany Lutheran... [More]

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Bugle Notes - Apr 8, 2021

The grounds of the 1879 Kansas Pacific Railroad House are receiving yet another upgrade for the enjoyment of Wallace Countians and visitors. A handsome new picnic shelter is being constructed on the grounds as part of the Eagle Scout project for Wallace resident Zach Schemm.... [More]

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Bugle Notes - Mar 25, 2021

Captain Keogh’s Emerald Banquet was held in the evening hours of Sat. March 13th and brought together a nice crowd to enjoy company and raise funds for the Guardians of the Fort Wallace Museum! The event started with a sarsaparilla/lime punch social hour, followed by a... [More]

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Bugle Notes - Mar 18, 2021

The Guardians of the Fort Wallace Museum can report a successful weekend at the 2021 Historical Symposium and Fundraising Banquet, in spite of weather and health challenges. The morning Symposium activities were taken in by about 70 people; The symposium focused on the ghost... [More]

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Bugle Notes - Mar 11, 2021

This Saturday, March 13th, the Fort Wallace Museum will be hopping, hosting a major history symposium as well as Captain Keogh’s Emerald Banquet and Fundraiser in the evening! Our annual fundraiser is already underway, hosted on the website 32auctions.com! The full link... [More]

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Bugle Notes - Mar 4, 2021

The folks at the Fort Wallace Museum are gearing up for our annual Symposium and Fundraising Dinner coming up on Saturday, March 13, 2021!   The day kicks off with the “Taking the Smoky Hill Trail to Santa Fe” Symposium, concentrating on the short-lived settlement... [More]

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Bugle Notes - Feb 22, 2021

The Guardians of the Fort Wallace Museum have been kicking into high gear recently to prepare for our annual Symposium and Fundraising Dinner on Saturday, March 13, 2021. This year’s educational theme is “Taking the Smoky Hill Trail to Santa Fe,” tying the railroad... [More]

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Bugle Notes - Feb 11, 2021

More winter projects are taking shape over at the Fort Wallace Museum! Floor paint touch-ups, storage loft shelves and picture framing were recently undertaken by Mark Smith and Chris Taylor. A plan for a new footprint for our Library area is currently taking shape, which will... [More]

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