Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Organizations offer help with addiction

If you suspect you or someone you care about has an issue with alcohol or medication misuse or abuse, one way to do an initial screening is through Florida's BRITE Project, which is active in Pinellas, Hillsborough and Sarasota counties, as well as several others.

From mid 2004 to mid 2007, the program screened nearly 3,500 older adults, and nearly one-quarter of them received brief intervention for alcohol or medication misuse, says Larry Schonfeld, chairman of the department of aging and mental health at the University of South Florida.

Along with misuse of alcohol and medication, 30 percent of those screened also showed moderate to serious depression.

Susan Ladika

Locally, people can turn to these organizations for help:

Gulf Coast Jewish Family Services

Based in Clearwater. Contact Dorothy Chambers at; (727) 479-1800, ext. 3024;

Centre for Women

Based in Tampa. Contact Denise Dydowicz at; (813) 251-8437, ext. 241;

Drug Abuse Comprehensive Coordinating Office Inc.

Based in Tampa. Contact Sherri Kincaid at; (813) 984-1818;

Coastal Behavioral Healthcare Inc.

Based in Venice. Contact David A. Clapp at; (941) 492-4300;

More information is available on the BRITE Web site:

Organizations offer help with addiction 06/23/08 [Last modified: Monday, November 1, 2010 12:56pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Trump presents Pope Francis with sculpture made by Florida artist


    An artist from Stuart, Florida, made a bronze sculpture that President Trump presented today to Pope Francis.

  2. Neil deGrasse Tyson, John Cleese, Ana Gasteyer, more coming to the Straz Center in Tampa


    Get ready to mix some science, comedy and music in with your diet of Broadway musicals in Tampa.

  3. Review: Sedaris' diaries reveal, but not too much, in 'Theft by Finding'


    Ever wonder why David Sedaris' life is so much funnier than yours?

  4. Forecast: Gusty winds for Tampa Bay ahead of potentially severe storms this afternoon


    After weeks of exceptional drought, Tampa Bay residents should brace for clusters of downpours Wednesday afternoon and early Thursday morning.

    Tampa Bay's 7 day forecast. [WTSP]