Many patients have had awkward conversations with their primary care provider regarding lifestyle changes, whether it be a change in diet, exercise, or medication. Terrilee Jackal, ARNP at the community health center of Mason City and Fort Dodge, says, conversations with patients who also use drugs aren't much different.
'T go away, and then there is the stigma of having self-medicated,' Thoreson said.
Cassy Daleske, a case manager at the Prairie Ridge Drop-in Center in downtown Mason City, manages cases. The drop-in center is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and offers assistance for individuals who wish to apply for financial assistance.
t know where to start, Daleske said.
The community health center of Mason City and Fort Dodge provides various health care services. In addition to physical health services, they also provide behavioral health care, on-staff social workers, and dental care. Services are available to all residents, regardless of their insurance status, and there is a sliding pay scale for those who qualify.
It's vital you find a provider you can trust, said Jackal. A good provider will ask tough questions and sometimes let you know what you don't want to hear, but that relationship can mean health and wellbeing in the long term.