The old song says “There’s no place like home for the holidays…”. The truth is that many of us look forward to either returning home or welcoming loved ones during this season of celebration. But for others this holiday season is filled with drama, volatility and lots of fear about spending time someone who has a drug or alcohol or mental health problem.
At Heartland Intervention we are often asked about the wisdom of someone being away for treatment and missing a major holiday. While every situation is different, the clinical factors regarding appropriate treatment generally need to outweigh the sentimental feelings regarding the holidays. Take for instance two examples.
1. “James” was a high school student facing minor legal charges. His family was at first resistant to his being away for Thanksgiving. Even so, the decision was made to follow through because clinically his substance use and other behavior was impacting siblings, friends and others. Treatment was needed….treatment was available and for that there was thanksgiving.
2. “Steven” was a married father of two who was not willing to seek treatment and be away from the family. His drug use was remarkable and had begun to significantly impact his relationship with his wife and two kids. For months the family had walked on egg shells and not been honest about how Steve had hurt them with his behavior. When Steve refused treatment, the family took a stand to protect itself. They would celebrate the holiday free from the drama that followed Steve everywhere. Each family member abided by the decision and having spent the holiday alone in his own sorrow, Steve entered treatment the next day. He later would say that had the family not finally gotten serious and honest about how they were affected, he might have NEVER gotten the help he needed.
Jack Ridl says the most important word in the English language is “with”. But substance use and mental health can cause loved ones not to really be present even though they may be “with” us. Given that, Heartland Intervention, a leader in Indiana interventions, seeks to save families, marriages and relationships by getting people who struggle with alcoholism and drug abuse the help that they deserve. Call us today at 877/752-8811.
A new report ranks Indiana as the leader in accidental drug overdoses. While this is not good news, it can be expected given the nearly 400% increase in the use of opiate based pain pills. It is important to remember that while statistics can be impressive, they represent sons, daughters and parents…not just numbers.
When people become addicted to prescription pain pills, all too often Heartland Intervention sees users move on to even stronger substances like heroin in an effort not to enter withdrawal. The result is that unintentional overdoses can occur easily. That’s why it is never wise to wait until someone “hits bottom” and it makes treatment a strong clinical consideration.
Recently Heartland Intervention, LLC founder Scott J. Watson appeared on WIBC to discuss this frustrating trend. HERE is a link to the WIBC story.
If you have a loved one who is addicted to pain pills, prescription medication or heroin…HELP IS AVAILABLE! Call Heartland Intervention today at 877/752-8811. We believe strongly in abstinence-based recovery from addiction and work everyday with our clients in an effort to find them the treatment that they need and deserve.
Families often ask Heartland Intervention when it is time to seek help for substance use. While some cases of drug use clearly warrant treatment, other drug users muddle along. Often this is due to a family or other structure that allows the drug user to avoid consequences or face the truth about how the drug use is impacting lives. The clinical term for this is enabling. And it is a part of nearly every addict or alcoholic’s story.
What is often misunderstood is that the enabler is not a bad person. In fact they are often the person who loves the addict the most. Yet decisions are made in an effort to protect the loved one from the natural harm that their drinking or using produces. Rent, cell phone bills, car insurance, legal bills and more are all paid out of love. But in doing so the pain of financial misappropriation is avoided and the drug use is allowed to continue.
Yet the truth about addiction is this: Without some therapeutic change it always gets worse over time. That means that the boat of addiction never drifts northward. Sadly, there is no way to measure or predict the speed at which things will get worse. For some this may mean getting suspended from work or school. For others it can mean death. Loved ones must be aware of this reality. They must be willing to examine their tendency to enable and always be ready to assist with treatment facilitation.
Sending a loved one to addiction treatment, as part of an intervention or just because it is time, can be hard. The fears and financial commitment can be substantial. Yet most families have worried long before treatment. And the money committed is spent in service of a known solution instead of just managing the consequences. “When someone goes to treatment there is a wonderful mix of fear and hope.”, says Scott J. Watson, founder of Heartland Intervention, LLC.
If you are wondering if the time has come, call Heartland Intervention today at 877/752-8811. We can offer an assessment and treatment options that will be clinically appropriate yet practical for your family.
The State of Indiana has been a leader in creatively leveraging law enforcement and legislation in an effort to impact the availability of synthetic drugs. Specifically, Indiana has used “look-alike” drug laws and rigorous enforcement at the state and local effort to put a dent in the manufacturing of both Spice, also known as K2, and Bath Salts.
Recently, Heartland Intervention’s founder Scott J. Watson was included in one such news story. View the story below… If you are concerned about a loved one’s use of drugs or alcohol, call Heartland Intervention today at 877/752-8811.
Recently a group of addiction professionals was asked if the cost of residential addiction treatment is worth the cost. The response was both lively and thought provoking. There are many factors to consider when placing someone in residential treatment for substance abuse. These include clinical focus, geography, ability to handle co-occurring issues and of course…cost.
Addiction is costly in ways that money alone can not measure. But residential addiction treatment can be shockingly expensive. The goal is to find clinically appropriate treatment at a price-point that makes sense for the family considering intervention.
The most expensive treatment centers can charge between $35,000-nearly $60,000 for one month of in-patient addiction treatment. Even for the wealthy, that is a significant amount of money. On the other end of the scale, there are programs that charge about $7,500 for a 30-day stay. Many communities have programs administered by Salvation Army or other agencies that allow for residential stays for $1,000 or less.
Experience shows that while it is possible to get sober in both expensive and inexpensive programs some are better than others. Thus, the price tag is not always the best indicator of a program’s worth. At some programs, clients pay for a nice view, private quarters, private chef, and other amenities not essential to addictions treatment. Others offer specialized treatment modalities such as EMDR. Still, money spent on treatment always offers more hope when compared to the cost of addiction.
The political and economic climate is likely to have a significant impact on both the form and cost of addictions treatment in America. This means that even greater care must be given to assure that our clients are getting the best therapeutic experience for their treatment dollar.
At Heartland Intervention, a leading provider of Indiana intervention services, we work with the best treatment centers from across the country. Some are very expensive and some are less so. But each facility that we utilize has a track record of clinical outcomes that is exemplary. In short, we work only with the best!
If you or a loved one is considering addiction treatment, contact Heartland Intervention today at 877/752-8811 to discuss treatment options that are both clinically appropriate and affordable.
Heartland Intervention founder Scott J. Watson has been featured in several media outlets this week commenting on the just released SAMHSA Survey on Drug Use and Health. Among the findings are that the use of heroin is up dramatically, especially among young people. Not surprisingly, the use of marijuana is also up dramatically. Click HERE to access the survey results.
“While the survey does include some good news regarding drug use, it clearly indicates that there is much work to be done.”, says Watson. “The tidal wave of prescription opiate abuse is leading to a dramatic rise in heroin use which is to be expected. This underscores the success of efforts such as Indiana’s INSPECT system and the combined efforts of the State Attorney General, Legislature, law enforcement and providers to make pain pills more difficult to get.”, Watson continued.
With the media reporting the numbers, Watson says it is critical to remember two things. First that the numbers represent people and families who are struggling. Addiction exacts an enormous human toll. Secondly, that while expensive, treatment is available and it works!
Here is a link to Scott J. Watson’s comments on Indiana Public Radio this week. Here is a link to his story on 93.1 WIBC. Click HERE to see Scott on WTHR-TV, Channel 13. Or simply click the video below.
If you have a loved one struggling with addiction, give Scott a call directly at 877/752-8811 or email him at email@example.com.
Heartland Intervention, LLC is a leading provider of substance use assessments following an arrest. Often clients come to us facing charges for driving under the influence (DUI) which can also be charged at operating a vehicle while intoxicated (OVWI), public intoxication, possession charges, underage possession or a variety of other legal issues. These clients will rightly face a judge but also can often benefit from a comprehensive substance abuse assessment.
Many attorneys tell us that a substance use evaluation is a critical part of both obtaining a favorable plea bargain and presenting a solid criminal defense. But all assessments are NOT created equal. There are three critical factors to consider when seeking a substance use evaluation following an arrest.
Seek a Qualified Professional
This sounds easy enough. But just because a person has some letters after his name does not qualify them to complete a comprehensive substance use assessment. In Indiana, the minimum credential that you should seek is someone with a Masters Degree and who is a Licensed Clinical Addictions Counselor. While other credentials (LAC, LMFT, NCC, LMHC and LCSW) show proficiency in many areas, they may not qualify a person to address issues unique and specific to substance abuse. Ideally, seek a professional who is also a DOT qualified Substance Abuse Professional. This assures that you are getting someone with extensive training in assessments.
Seek an Experienced Professional
When the stakes are high, it is wise to trust an experienced professional. People facing legal charges are often worried about losing their freedom, driver’s license, children and much more. Experienced professionals are trained to include that which is clinically significant. That means conducting a comprehensive assessment but including only the relevant details in the report.
Seek a Solution not a Punishment
Substance use assessments are designed to be clinical in nature. As such, it should include clinical recommendations for education and/or treatment as well as recommendations for ongoing monitoring where appropriate. The justice system is often worried about punitive issues. Most often, these fall beyond the scope of what is clinical. As such, a professional who is both properly credentialed and experienced can help the client and his legal team by suggesting a clinical approach which serves to fuel recovery rather than a strictly legal approach which is often designed only to punish.
Finally it should be noted that experienced professionals pay as much attention to what is NOT in their report as to what is in their report. This is because on occasion, the reports become part of a public record. As such they can be accessed employers, family members and the media. Accordingly, it would be wise to write “…the client has a well defined psychiatric diagnosis” rather than “the client is schizophrenic…”. This alludes to the comprehensive nature of the assessment and still allows for some measure of confidentiality and privacy.
If you know of someone facing a legal issue, Heartland Intervention, LLC can help. Scott J. Watson is a highly credentialed and experienced provider of assessment services. He has worked in many difficult and high-profile cases. Call 877/752-8811 today to schedule your evaluation.
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. While the motive might be pure the family often finds that their efforts were in vain. They only saved the addict from 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.
The willingness to choose 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 and a Board Registered Interventionist. Call him today at 877/752-8811 and learn how you can adopt the best possible attitude to help your loved one overcome addiction.
Addiction is in the news every day. Today, Heartland Intervention founder Scott J. Watson did an interview with local radio station WIBC on the rise of heroin use in Central Indiana and across the country. While big drug busts and other outlandish stories capture the headlines, drug abuse and addiction eat away at the fabric of families and communities.
Often families are surprised to learn the role that drugs and alcohol play in family issues. Parents, grandparents and others have so many questions. Sometimes they don’t even know where to turn. If you have a question about drug use, recovery or anything having to do with addiction, you are invited to ask us. Just email firstname.lastname@example.org with your question. We promise a thoughtful response.
Over the years, Heartland Intervention, LLC has become a leading provider of intervention services and substance use assessments in Central Indiana and beyond. Email or call today at 877/752-8811.
When a DOT covered employee fails a drug screen and wants to return to the workforce, the law (CFR Part 40) states that a DOT qualified Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) will be central to the process. The sensitive nature of the DOT Return to Duty process makes the critical for the driver/employee, company and the travelling public. Here are five things about the process that might surprise you.
1. Area of Responsibility: Most drivers see the SAP as an assessment or drug/alcohol expert. Most companies rely on the SAP in the same capacity but also depend on the reports that inform the process and ultimately allow for a return to duty drug test. But the DOT is clear that the primary role of a qualified Substance Abuse Professional involves no loyalty to either the employee or the employer. Instead the DOT mandates that the SAP is primarily responsible to the travelling public.
2. Show me your FACE: In a age of Skype and similar technology, the DOT requires both the initial and follow up assessments to be done face to face. This allows for more than just a simple exchange of information. It allows the SAP to evaluate the employee based on a number of factors rather than just the information provided. This allows for a more detailed, honest and likely more accurate assessment.
3. I have a Prescription: Just because an employee is prescribed medicine by a doctor does not mean that he/she will be allowed to work in a DOT covered position. Often times the SAP will require a note from the prescriber stating that it is OK to work in a safety sensitive position while taking certain medications. This is done to protect all parties involved. Employees are advised to be honest with their doctor about the nature of their work and honest with employers and SAPs about the medications that they are prescribed before they face a random, pre-employment or post-accident test.
4. Speed is not a factor: Failing a DOT drug test is expensive! Employees are removed from safety-sensitive work and are often eager to hurry through the return to duty process. Often the interests of the public, company and driver are not well served by expediting the process. Recommendations are clinical in nature and made with our regard for the time it takes to complete them. While some employees are able to fulfill these recommendations quickly, others find that much more time is needed.
5. No Harm…No Foul: Often an employee or company will argue that there is no need for education or treatment as result of a failed test. Often these will be characterized as “bad judgment”, “stupid” or an “honest mistake”. The DOT does not allow for a SAP to take such a view. The rule states that the SAP must make a recommendation for education and/or treatment. The SAP has no choice in this matter.
If you are a company or employee with questions about the DOT Return to Duty process, call Heartland Intervention, LLC today at 877/752-8811. We are a leading provider of SAP services in Indiana. Our founder Scott J. Watson is a DOT qualified SAP who is eager to answer questions about your responsibility under the DOT and modal rules.