DUI Alcohol or Drug Assessment

Need for Assessment When Facing DUI

In a typical year, about 15,000 Indiana residents will be charged with DUI or equivalent charge. Being arrested for drunk driving can be dangerous, embarrassing, expensive and complicate one’s situation at home or work. When faced with legal charges related to drugs or alcohol, most attorneys suggest that their clients obtain an independent professional drug and alcohol evaluation.

Clinical Qualifications

Use great caution when deciding whom you will chose to do your substance abuse assessment. When facing legal charges, employment, custody of children, your freedom and ability to drive are often at risk. Heartland Intervention strongly suggests that your assessment only be conducted by a clinician who is licensed by the state and has at least a Master’s Degree in Addiction Counseling. In Indiana, many licensees have been grandfathered in and lack the needed advanced academic preparation. Heartland Intervention, LLC is a leading provider of substance abuse evaluations in Indiana. Your assessment should ALWAYS be face to face. The courts and prosecutor can’t be expected to trust an assessment from someone who has never actually met you.

Assessment Components

While each professional approaches assessments differently, all assessments should include several parts that cover a wide variety of clinical areas. This allows for a complete picture of the person and also helps to assure that the client receives appropriate recommendations going forward. Most assessments include a standardized assessment tool such as MAST or CAGE as well as an opportunity to gather collateral information. Finally you should expect clinical recommendations for education and/or treatment where appropriate.

Benefits of an Assessment

Our clients and their attorneys frequently tell us that an independent evaluation can be an important part of the legal defense. Independent clinical professionals can offer an unbiased impression of a person’s drug or alcohol use. A DUI assessment also can be used to demonstrate to the court that a person is seriously focused on making any necessary changes.

Heartland Intervention founder Scott J. Watson is a Licensed Clinical Addictions Counselor, Master Addictions Counselor and qualified DOT Substance Abuse Professional. He has over 10 years of experience and special training in assessment of drug and alcohol disorders. If you are facing DUI or other charges call him today at 317-752-8811 and schedule your substance use assessment or evaluation.

 

Worried About Addiction?

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When drug or alcohol addiction strikes a family it invokes many feelings and thoughts.  Often families give money, rides, cell phones, housing and more in an effort to help the addict. Often families are trying to keep things from getting worse.  While the motive might be pure the family often finds that their efforts don’t produce the hoped-for effect.  Sadly, the addict avoids the natural consequences of their choices.  The result is an increase in  frustration that can lead to arguments, threats, resentments and more.

During the intervention planning process, Heartland Intervention works with families on developing the best possible attitude toward the alcoholic or addict.  That attitude states, “We are willing to do almost anything to support you in recovery.  But we are no longer willing to do much of anything to support you in addiction.”  By adopting this mindset, families are really acknowledging three things.

  1. We have done things out of love that have enabled the addiction.
  2. We are taking a stand for our loved one and against addiction.
  3. We are choosing a healthier course for ourselves independent of the decision of others.

Choosing recovery is a decision that every member of the family must come to grips with.   It involves individual decisions that utilize healthy boundaries and are designed to protect marriages, young children, financial resources and more.

If your family is struggling with addiction it may be time to reach out to Heartland Intervention, LLC for help.   We are a leading provider of intervention services in Indiana and beyond.  Our founder Scott J. Watson is a Licensed Clinical Addictions Counselor, Master Addictions Counselor and DOT qualified Substance Abuse Professional.  Call him today at 877-752-8811 and learn how you can adopt the best possible attitude to help your loved one overcome addiction.

The Family Intervention

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Family Intervention

Every week, people reach out to Heartland Intervention, LLC concerned about a loved one or family member’s drinking or drug use.  Some families have spent years walking on egg shells or trying to ignore addiction.  For others, the prospect of loving someone who struggles with substance use or addiction is a new and scary reality.

Indiana Intervention Leader

While not everyone who struggles with substance abuse needs an intervention, Heartland Intervention takes pride in coming along side of families during this important and uncertain time.  As a leader in intervention services in Indiana and beyond, we provide service that is professional, credentialed, affordable and caring.

Intervention Process

Many families considering intervention are surprised to learn that intervention is a process and not an event.  Often it begins with a consultation either in our office or on the phone.  This is designed to answer questions and make sure that intervention is appropriate for the family.  While we use the leverage of surprise, our interventions are always loving, respectful and free of any anger or resentment on the part of the team.

Once an intervention agreement is signed, a comprehensive assessment in conducted in an effort to learn as much as we can about the identified patient.  This information is used to make recommendations about a treatment center that will be a good fit clinically and socially.  During this time, we assist the family in selecting a team of individuals-including at least one wild card- to be present at the intervention.

Drug addiction and alcohol problems usually come with a high degree of denial, depression, anxiety and anger.  During the intervention planning meeting, we address how these and other objections will be handled.  This is also the time when families are able to finally take action in support of recovery and standing against the status quo.  Families tell us that while emotional, these meetings help the family to heal.

Does Intervention Work

Over 85% of those we have intervened on go to treatment directly from the intervention.  Of the 15% that have not- over 65% have gone to treatment within the next 14 days.  That is a remarkable success rate.  Remember however, those are not just numbers.  They represent lives, families, parental rights, jobs and freedom saved from the hopeless life of addiction.

Don’t wait.  If you have a loved one struggling with drug use, alcohol use or more, call Us at 317-752-8811.  Our founder Scott J. Watson is a Licensed Clinical Addictions Counselor (LCAC), Master Addictions Counselor (MAC), Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) and DOT qualified Substance Abuse Professional (SAP).  He is formerly a Board Registered Interventionist who looks forward to talking to you.  As Scott says, “I have a front row seat to see lives saved and families change.”

 

A Front Row Seat

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A young man who had just turned 18 sat only a few feet away  in his living room.  His family gathered, full of fear and full of hope, for the intervention that they hoped would save his life.  The young man just shook his head as tears slowly streamed from his face.  He was weighing the loving offer that his family was making.  Would he accept the offer and go to treatment for his drug addiction…or face the consequences of continuing the addicted life?

At Heartland Intervention, LLC we say that we have a front row seat to watch people’s lives turn around.  Over the years, it has become a motto, a privilege and a job description of sorts.  It is an honor to be invited into the life of any family.  This is especially true when families are not at their best due to drinking, drug use or addiction.  The trust that families place in us and the intervention process is never to be taken lightly.  The stakes during an intervention are high and that’s why preparation, planning and execution are so critical.

The time leading up to the actual intervention is spent putting together an intervention team and selecting a treatment center.   Arrangements are made to care for a wide range of concerns while the person is away.  Questions like who will water the plants, mow the lawn, pay the bills and many more all have to be addressed.  What about school and/or work?  Who will care for kids or pets?  Once these and other details are attended to, a planning meeting with all team members carefully scripts out the actual intervention.

On this day the subject of the intervetion was lovingly confronted with how his drug use had changed him and his relationship with those closest to him.  While the stakes and emotions were running high, the feel in the room was one of love.  As he weighed the offer, I looked around the room at each person.  There were tears, the wringing of hands and a nervousness that is uncommon.  There was also a lot of HOPE.  After a few moments, he looked up and said, “I guess I’ll go”.  Warmly Heartland founder Scott J. Watson responded, “That’s a good decision.”  And we were done, once again.  He was off to treatment where he would begin a drug-free life of recovery.

If you have an addicted loved one  you’ve had a front row seat to watch their loved one spiral downward.  At Heartland Intervention, we want you to experience the miracle of recovery which see all the time.  As the leader in intervention services in Indiana and beyond, we look forward to working with your family.   Every week, we see people go from darkness to light, despair to hope and enjoy our front row seat to watch people’s lives turn around.  Call us at 877-752-8811.

Don’t Wait…

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Each week, we at Heartland Intervention have the privilege of putting people into treatment for substance abuse disorders.  We celebrated last month, when two people who were previously known to us, were able to finally able to seek treatment.  Finally- because both of them had a lengthy history of substance abuse known to their family and friends.

“I’ve known there was a problem for a long time” Suzy said tearfully in our office.  She detailed the many close calls that she had had and the toll that her drinking and drug use had taken on grades, finances and friendships.  But it took seeing the pictures of her car wrapped around a light pole and charges of DUI to finally get much needed help.  In less than 24 hours Suzy had admitted into long-term care to address a problem so many years in the making.

Melanie’s family had asked her to go to treatment many times.  Each time she refused; instead offering excuses ranging from “I don’t have a problem” to “I am a respected Vice-President at my work and there’s no way I’m giving that up.”  But when Melanie got her third DUI and wrecked her second car she had a choice- remain in jail  or go to treatment.  In short order her family again sought our help in getting their daughter into treatment.  “I was just living the lie as long as I could”, she told us.

Both Melanie and Suzie have loving families that have long been worried about their drinking or drug use.  Yet it took significant hardship for each to finally admit to clinically appropriate treatment.  Now, words of truth- both were fortunate that they survived their accidents.   The families had known about the problem but looked the other way for years.

These stories end with both young ladies in a good place. But that is NEVER a guarantee.  If someone you know struggles with drugs or alcohol…DON’T WAIT.  Call Scott J. Watson at Heartland Intervention at 877/752-8811.  We are a leader in intervention services in Indiana and beyond.  We work with only the best treatment centers and welcome the opportunity to talk with you about your loved ones today.

 

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Chronic Pain and Addiction

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Chronic pain has been a large trough feeding the opiate epidemic in America for many years. When conducting a substance abuse assessment, many Heartland Intervention clients will mention chronic pain.   As far back as the 1980’s when pain-scales were touted as a “vital sign” well-meaning doctors were treating non-acute pain and ignoring the suggestions that this would lead to a crisis of addiction.  Well- it has.

For years many professionals have warned about the liberalization of using opiates to treat chronic pain.  Many, like Dr. Mel Pohl in Las Vegas have demonstrated that the body may well create more pain in an effort to get more drugs.  And this week, a study was released by the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation that states “chronic pain has reached epidemic proportions with treatment based on drug therapies that usually do not work”.

It remains to be seen what impact this survey and study will have on prescribing practices and the extreme proliferation of drugs like Suboxone which is billed as a drug to treat addiction or “recovery in pill form”, says Heartland Intervention’s Scott J. Watson.  There is value in the conversation and the study which can be viewed HERE is a part of the discussion.

If you have a loved one that struggles with chronic pain or addiction, do not wait.  Call Heartland Intervention, LLC at 877-752-8811.

Trends in Addiction Treatment

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Everyday, Heartland Intervention, LLC gets calls asking for treatment recommendations or for advice about a specific treatment center.  Others call knowing that a loved one needs addiction treatment but having no idea how to access it.  Heartland Intervention founder Scott J. Watson noted three trends this week in his talk at the 7th Annual Ann Daughtery Symposium on Alcohol and Drug Addiction at Franklin College.

Trend #1  The business of treatment has become extremely competitive.  Our office is rigorously marketed to by a wide variety of business development and outreach representatives from treatment centers across the country,  While this can be useful in developing therapeutic and strategic relationships that benefit our clients, it can create ethical areas of concern if not properly disclosed and managed.

Trend #2  Treatment centers are increasingly corporate in both their ownership and feel.  This is evidenced by national call centers that represent many different treatment centers that vary in cost, location and quality.  While this can have a beneficial aspect for clients, it also serves to offer “warm leads” to treatment entities.

Trend #3. As a result of financial pressures brought on by competition and the nature of managed care with insurance companies, many treatment centers are becoming more flexible.  Where once an executive was expected to check his cell phone at the door- he may be given a short window in which to manage business.  There also seems to be increased flexibility  on length of stay, modalities, family programming and even cost.

It is worth noting that none of these trends are especially bad or inherently harmful.  There are pros and cons to each.  While there are always trends one thing has never changed…TREATMENT WORKS!

Heartland Intervention is a leader in Indiana intervention services and substance abuse assessments.  We work to match our clients with treatment that is clinically appropriate, affordable and accessible.  When a family is worried about a loved-one’s addiction it is important to trust the professionals.  Call us at 317-752-8811 to honestly discuss the detox, treatment and recovery options that are best for your family.

Alcohol Assessment Following a DUI

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When faced with legal difficulty such as driving under the influence (DUI) or similar, many clients turn to Heartland Intervention for an alcohol and drug assessment.  Our clients often tell us that  attorneys recommend an independent substance abuse assessment that can be helpful in court.  This is true whether the DUI is in Indiana or elsewhere.

When charged with a DUI, our clients are facing a suspended drivers license, probation, a myriad of fees and fines and possibly jail time.  Clients that come to Heartland Intervention for a substance use assessment tell us that the results have been helpful with:  license reinstatement, insurance renewal, decreased probation length, issues of custody and much more.

The aim of our assessments are clinical in nature.  Clients are evaluated by a Licensed Clinical Addictions Counselor (LCAC) with special training in assessment. Each client will receive a face-to-face evaluation and will also complete an assessment modality.  A comprehensive assessment letter will be sent within 24 hours directly to the client.  This allows the client to control who has access to their information.  If you have received a DUI or have any questions about substance use assessments, do not delay.  Call our office at 317-752-8811.

About Hitting Bottom

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The primary recovery text and families across the country have sounded a similar theme about those who struggle with alcohol and drug addiction.  They must hit bottom.  But what is to be said when a person’s bottom means losing a job, a spouse, a child, their freedom, health or even their life?  It is rarely wise for a family to stand by, waiting for a loved one to hit a devastating bottom.

Heartland Intervention recently worked with great family that was worried a member’s drinking.  His employer expressed concern that had been echoed by the family for years.  For some, “Danny” had not yet hit his bottom.  But intervention is about raising a person’s bottom by getting them into treatment before any more damage is done.  Danny’s intervention went well and he gratefully completed 30-day residential treatment.

Heartland Intervention is recognized as a leader in the field of intervention services,  assessment and recovery.  Our affordable and  loving approach to intervention coupled with our very high success rate make us the choice of many concerned about their loved one.  While we are based in Indiana, Scott J. Watson travels throughout the country conducting interventions and facilitating entry into treatment.

Left untreated, addiction always gets worse.  Don’t wait for them to hit a catastrophic bottom.  Many people have told us that intervention day was actually one of the BEST days of their life.  Call us today at 317-752-8811.  We look forward to listening and helping.

Does Intervention Work?

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When addiction has ravaged a family, members are often both desperate yet afraid to take action.  On one hand there is an overwhelming fear that the current path will lead to death.    Yet families often have at least one member concerned that intervention will make a bad situation worse.  As a leader in intervention services in Indiana and beyond, Heartland Intervention is often asked, “Does intervention work?”.

Focus on a Known Solution

Before calling us, most families have spent lots of money, time, tears and energy trying to make things better.  Sadly, those efforts are often focused on what the addict or family member thinks will help.  Despite these efforts, addiction continues  to erode relationships, health, finances, freedom and more.  While often perceived as a dramatic step, an intervention is designed to pierce the hallmarks of anger, denial and dishonesty and get the alcoholic or addict to engage in treatment.  Intervention focuses time, effort, energy and money on a known clinical solution.

Beth’s Story

Three years ago, Beth’s parents decided on intervention in an effort to save her life.  At the actual intervention, Beth was angry.  She lashed out and  threatened not to speak to her family ever again.  She did however agree to go to treatment from the intervention which was well crafted by Heartland Intervention, LLC.  She completed 31 days of inpatient addiction treatment and completed an aftercare group in her supported living community.  Beth called our office last week to tell us that she has been clean and sober for three years.  She is working full-time and is hoping to get married later this year.

If you are worried about a loved-one’s drinking or drug use, don’t wait.  Call Heartland Intervention, LLC today at 877-752-8811.  Our founder Scott J. Watson is eager to hear about your situation and discuss how intervention can make a difference.  Begging and arguing rarely are sufficient to get someone into substance abuse treatment.  Call Heartland Intervention today because intervention really does work!