Agency offers resources for those struggling with alcohol use

Published: 04-20-2023 1:23 PM

SPRINGFIELD, Vt. — Health Care and Rehabilitation Services of Southeastern Vermont, a nonprofit community mental health agency which provides support to people in Windsor and Windham counties, has services available for those who are struggling with alcohol use, according to a news release.

The organization has seen an increase in people seeking services since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, HCRS CEO George Karabakakis said in the release, timed to coincide with Alcohol Awareness Month.

“Community members have experienced increased stress due to anxiety, isolation, and other impacts of the pandemic, resulting in their turning to alcohol,” he said.

In the short term, excessive alcohol use increases the risk of injury from vehicle accidents, falls, violence and poisoning. Long-term health risks include: high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, liver disease, depression, anxiety and memory problems.

HCRS counselors support clients in understanding and changing their relationship with alcohol, and help them to set goals and create strategies to achieve them.

HCRS alcohol services in Windsor County can be accessed toll-free by calling  855-220-9430 in the Hartford area or 855-220-9429 in the Springfield area. More information also is available online at