There is a new medication available this month designed to help those who battle chronic or severe pain. The name is Zohydro and according to medical professionals it is 5-10 times stronger than Vicodin. This medication was approved by the FDA despite an 11-2 vote from its own advisory panel against making it available. Doctors, lawmakers, addiction professionals, attorneys general and others have strongly urged the FDA not to approve Zohydro stating that “…it will kill people as soon as it is released.”. This is believable because unlike other drugs, Zohydro does not contain the abuse deterrent typically found in other opiates.
Here is the link to Scott J. Watson from Heartland Intervention, LLC discussing Zohydro on WIBC radio.
At Heartland Intervention, LLC we are concerned about adding any new fuel to the blaze of opiate addiction that burns throughout our country. While it is easy to focus on statistics and worry about the problem, we believe that energy is best spent promoting available recovery. There is no doubt that the statistics of drug addiction and overdose are overwhelming. But behind every number is a person who likely is loved by a parent, child, sibling, spouse or friend.
If you have a loved-one who battles with addiction, there is help available. Call Heartland Intervention today at 877/752-8811 today. We are a leading provider of intervention services in Indiana and beyond. Scott J. Watson is dedicated to saving lives and families by lovingly offering recovery using a structured and proven style. No matter how bad things have become, recovery offers the best hope for relationships, marriages, jobs and life.
The recent death of noted actor Phillip Seymour Hoffman has renewed a dialogue about addiction and heroin use. Recent discussions with other experts confirm that trends in New York City, Indianapolis and St. Paul, MN are nearly identical. Heroin use is on the rise. So is family devastation and other concerns common with addiction. A drug once though of as taboo has been introduced to families across the country. It’s not just to movie stars who are dying.
Epidemic leads to heroin use
The rise in heroin use is a progression from the dramatic rise in prescription (opiate) pain pill use and abuse that has been sweeping the country. The CDC has called this an epidemic and prompted a national effort to increase education, monitoring, enforcement while encouraging proper disposal of medication that is no longer needed. While useful, it is not likely that these efforts will step the tidal wave of addiction that is coming our way. Prescription pain pills are expensive to buy on the streets and heroin often offers a cheaper, stronger and more available alternative. Sadly, it also is more deadly. While there are therapeutic doses of pain pills that are manufactured to standards, there is no standard dose or strength for heroin. Addicts die from heroin USE not a heroin OVERDOSE.
A Way Out
Last week, Heartland Intervention, LLC founder Scott J. Watson appeared on Lakeshore Public Radio to discuss the trend of opiate addiction in Indiana. It featured a very lively discussion about how best to treat opiate addicts. The long-term use of medications both new and old is favored by some and scorned by others. It is a passionate debate worth having and one that will likely grow over time. What’s clear is that there are options for those seeking opiate replacement therapy or recovery from drugs all together.
Heartland Intervention is dedicated to lovingly offering recovery to people instead of addiction. We are committed to helping those whose lives have been impacted by addiction. As a leader of intervention services in Indiana and beyond we look forward to helping you. Call us today at 877/752-8811.
When a family is considering treatment for a loved one the issue of trust often comes up. The behavior of the alcoholic or addict frequently has conditioned the family not to trust. After hours of internet research and phone calls, one lady said that the process of getting her daughter into treatment was as maddening as the addiction. It is a process that requires a great deal of trust.
The first question, though often unspoken, is can we be trusted? At Heartland Intervention, LLC we are a leading provider of intervention services in Indiana and beyond. We work to save lives and families by lovingly offering recovery instead of addiction. We do this at a price-point that is both affordable and very competitive.
Families also wonder if the treatment center can be trusted. The fact is that some treatment centers are easier to trust than others. Recently we learned of a treatment center that was badgering a family for an admission. The number of contacts and tone went well beyond good customer service. The family was concerned, scared and getting angry when they called us for help.
The truth is that there are many treatment centers in the United States. At Heartland Intervention, we work with only the best of the best. Some are large and others are small. Some are specialized and others offer a more basic or traditional approach. Yet all of the treatment centers that we work with have two things in common: Their outcomes are good and they are easy to work with.
Most commonly families want to know if the whole process of recovery can be trusted. The answer of course that the process of recovery, complete with ups and downs, offers the absolute best change at a better future. Recovery from a drug addiction is not easy. It is not always fun, inexpensive or convenient. Yet recovery is a giver of hope.
If you have a loved one who struggles, call Heartland Intervention today at 877/752-8811. We are happy to answer questions that help your family. We look forward to assisting your family in a way that builds trust.
Heartland Intervention, LLC is a leading provider of intervention services in Indiana and beyond. Over the years, we have learned that every family preparing to intervene with a loved one has a question. “Will they go to treatment?” is asked regardless of the age, background or substance that is causing problems.
Truthfully, there are often three different answers to this question. Experience tells us that between 85-90% of folks will enter treatment directly from the intervention. Of the ten or so percent that don’t go right away, half will go in the next week as long as the family takes and maintains the actions required to support recovery rather than addiction. The second answer is that the addict/alcoholic has all of the power and control regarding the decision to enter treatment. They have all the cards and in order to be loving the intervention team must respect the right to say no. Still, the intervention is designed to make that decision easy and hope-filled. Finally, the question is also answered by reminding clients that we are responsible for our effort and not the outcome. That means that great care is taken to assure the intervention demonstrates planning, a decision to support recovery and clear messages of love. This makes the decision to go to treatment an easier one.
If you have a loved one who struggles with substance abuse call Heartland Intervention, LLC today at 877/752-8811. Drug abuse and alcoholism ruin relationships. Our founder, Scott J. Watson is dedicated to helping save lives and relationships by lovingly offering recovery instead of addiction. We are willing to answer any questions about addiction, intervention and recovery.
The holiday season has many of us headed to visit loved ones while still others pack up and head to warmer areas for the Winter months. Most of us take for granted the fact that travel in the United States is safe and mostly efficient. However in recent weeks several commercial vehicle operators have been arrested for DUI. This again brings the questions of safe travel into focus.
Heartland Intervention, LLC founder Scott J. Watson is a qualified DOT Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) who is charged with helping to maintain the safety of the travelling public throughout our country. A SAP is a specialized credential indicating a thorough understanding of substance use disorders, clinical assessment as well as the DOT Return to Duty Process for all of those in safety-sensitive or covered positions.
Employees who fail a random DOT test are encouraged to call us at 877/752-8811 and schedule a DOT/SAP assessment. Employers are encouraged to use us as a resource to make sure that they are compliant with all DOT CFR Part 40 rules as it relates to substance abuse and return to duty.
Finally, we are pleased to announce that Scott J. Watson will be speaking at the 9th Annual Federal Transit Administration Drug and Alcohol Program National Conference in 2014. If you have any questions about your role or responsibility in the DOT return to duty process, call Heartland Intervention today at 877/752-8811.
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.