Watson Helps Raise Suicide Awareness

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Heartland Intervention founder Scott J. Watson today helped announce a state-wide program to combat suicide among young people.  Appearing with Sen. Jim Merritt, Watson announced a new public awareness campaign highlighting five approaches aimed at preventing teen suicide and saving lives.  . “It is time to take the stigma away and talk about the issue.”, Merritt said.

The following five approaches will be utilized in the new campaign:

  • Call 2-1-1: For anyone feeling down, hopeless or having suicidal thoughts, the United Way provides a number to call for help.  The 2-1-1 hotline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year. All calls are free and confidential.

 

  • Mentoring programs: At-risk youth should be connected with the wide variety of youth mentoring programs available throughout the state of Indiana.

 

  • Teacher training: All K-12 teachers should betrained to recognize the signs of a depressed or suicidal student.

 

  • College Residence Staff Training: All resident hall administrators and student leaders, including those involved in fraternity and sorority life, should be required to take a short training course to recognize signs of depressed or suicidal students.

 

  • Access to Counseling: Every student should have access to a school counselor. To prevent any monetary excuses, the first session should be offered free of charge.

Indiana ranks second in the nation for suicide attempts among high school students. Several local high schools and universities have lost students to suicide in the past month.  “No matter how bad it hurts. No matter how dark it seems. No matter what you have done or has been done to you, you have to find something within you that allows you to look another human being in the eye and say three important words. I need help,” said Watson.

Sen. Merritt and Watson agree that it is time to do something proactive to prevent these senseless deaths. They plan to take the I Need Help awareness message to schools and universities across the state in the coming months.

Suicide and Addiction

 

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No topic strikes fear into the heart of people like that of suicide.  At some point most of us are likely to be impacted by the suicide of a family member, friend, neighbor, co-worker or client.  For families that struggle with addiction, the looming fear of suicide or other self-harm is a constant  companion.  Statistics show that those who abuse drugs and alcohol and ten times (10x) more likely to commit suicide than the general population.  That number skyrockets for IV-drug users.

Recently, our area has seen a huge increase in the number of teenage suicides.  That prompted a discussion on 93.1 WIBC to address what can be done to save young lives.  Heartland founder Scott J. Watson was honored to be a part of that panel convened by John Kesler along with Sen. Jim Merritt, Dr. Julie Steck and Stuart Hobson whose son recently killed himself.  The panel noted that depression, family history, previous attempts and co-occuring disorders were also suicide risk factors.

The responsability for stemming the tide of suicide, which is psychologist Julie Steck says is the leading cause of adolescent death, lies with all of us.  Heartland’s Scott J. Watson offered a suggestion to all parents and those who work with youth.  “No matter how dark it is, how bad it hurts or what’s been done to you, find a way to say three critical words….I NEED HELP.”  This is the message we need to send to all of our young people so that they know there is a better way out.

Often self-harm and substance use are symptoms of a much bigger problem.  It is important that families access therapeutic professionals to properly evaluate mental health and addiction concerns.  If someone is suicidal, take it seriously and call 911.  If you are worried about a loved one call a community mental health center, hospital or Heartland Intervention today.

 

Keeping Them Safe

 

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For years Monday mornings have been spent writing about substance use trends and addiction in the news.  Each year at this time a message is crafted about keeping our students safe while they are away at college.  This year is different because for the first time,  one of “those” kids is also one of my kids.  On the way into work the lead news story was that Indiana Excise Police arrest over 158 students on Indiana college campuses over the weekend and another 276 at an annual event festival event.  As parents, it is normal to worry about drugs and alcohol on college campuses.

Despite the great work of the Indiana Excise Police, some parents still are in the dark about their student’s drinking or drugging habits.  It’s common for families to call our office saying they didn’t even know their student regularly consumed alcohol prior to being arrested, injured or assaulted.  There’s little consolation in the phrase, “It’s not how much you drink but what happens when you drink.”.  Parents, schools, law enforcement and the student community each share responsibility to try and keep young people safe where substance use is a factor.

Significant advances have been made in education, enforcement and new legislation designed to keep young people safe. Still, some college students need help with substance abuse.  Heartland Intervention, LLC is a leader in intervention services in Indiana and beyond.  We have experience getting college students the help they need to recover from substance use issues including healing from the trauma that often comes with it.

If you are worried about a loved one, call Heartland Intervention today at 317-752-8811.  Scott J. Watson is a Licensed Clinical Addictions Counselor with special training in intervention and assessment.  Speak with him about how to we can help your college student or other young adult avoid being an excise statistic and make the most of their college career.  The statistics are real but so is the solution.  Call Heartland Intervention today.

Addiction in the News

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Recently a family member commented, “If you believe the news, drugs are taking over the world.”.  In fact, it is hard to watch a newscast or glance at the top five stories without noting that drugs, both legal and illegal, are playing a significant part.

Recently several medical doctors and their associates were arrested in Indiana and charged with running a “Cash and Carry” Suboxone distribution clinic.  Additionally, a couple described as “quiet” by neighbors were reported to also be running the largest illegal steroid distribution program in state history out of their kitchen.  While these  stories certainly do make the news (links are below) many families also are fighting private battles with alcohol, drugs and addiction everyday.

Heartland Intervention is a leading provider of intervention services in Indiana and beyond.  We work with families to help them get their loved ones into treatment while also addressing dynamics that can make the struggles feel even worse.  Without help addiction always gets worse over time.

If someone you love struggles with addiction don’t wait.  Call Heartland Intervention today at 877-752-8811.  Scott J. Watson is a Licensed Clinical Addictions Counselor and media consultant.  He will work with you to discover what treatment options are available, even for those who aren’t ready to go yet.  Addiction is in the news everyday but you family does not need to be.

Link to Suboxone “Cash and Carry” arrests.

Link to Steroid Distribution story with Scott J. Watson.

Link to energy drink story with Scott J. Watson

 

Money and Treatment

 

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Addiction is expensive!  Reliable statistics indicate that 18% of all arrests have some tie to drug use and about 78% of those in jail/prison have used alcohol or drugs in the month preceding their arrest.  At Heartland Intervention we have had many families tell us that their loved ones steal, deal drugs, violate probation, prostitute and engage in other illegal  acts in an effort to maintain their substance abuse habit.  The cost of addiction extends far beyond just money.  It impacts relationships, the ability to hold a job, health, freedom and sometimes it costs one’s life.

Heartland Intervention is a leader in intervention services in Indiana and beyond.  Families call us for help in an effort to get their addicted loved ones into treatment.  Many of these families have known the financial toll of addiction for years. It is common to worry about the cost of both treatment and intervention.

The truth is that the process of getting an addict into recovery is also expensive.  Heartland Intervention is committed to working hard for and with families.  Our rates for intervention are among the most affordable in the nation!  This is because we believe in the miracle of recovery.

The average cost of residential addiction  treatment is about $20,000 for thirty days.  But recently we placed someone in treatment for $5,000! Heartland Intervention works with families to find a treatment center that is both clinically appropriate and affordable.  This means using insurance, cash discounts, scholarship funds and whatever else may be available.

Many families have found that they were able to get quality treatment at an affordable price by using Heartland Intervention.  Access to affordable treatment continue to be an enormous issue in our field.  The addicted life is expensive and so is quality treatment.  Call Heartland Intervention today at 877-752-8811 to discuss how we can work to find affordable treatment for your loved one today.

Summer Hope

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Summertime is finally here and with it comes graduations, weddings, vacations and fun family outings of all types.  For most families it is a time filled with celebration and great hope.  But for other, drug and alcohol use make fear much more common that hope.

Recently, Heartland Intervention, LLC did an intervention on a bright young man who we will call Stephen.  Stephen was from a great family who was very well respected in the community.  He was a good student and a good athlete who had lost his way due to drug and alcohol use.  His first year of college had seen a decline in grades , friends and productivity.  His family and girlfriend feared he would loose his freedom, health or life if things continued.

As a leader in intervention services, Heartland Intervention was able to work with his family to construct a loving intervention which allowed for an end to addiction and an installation of hope through recovery.  The lifestyle of using and selling drugs is not one that most can easily walk away from.   But our lovingly structured intervention allowed Stephen to choose hope and treatment. Graduations and weddings are celebrations of the great life that is ahead.  Stephen’s family celebrated  too with smiles and tears of hope as he began his new life as a clean and sober person in recovery.

If someone you love is struggling with addiction, this summer is an excellent time to get them help.  Call Heartland Intervention at 877-752-8811 to learn more about intervention.  Hope is available for addicts, alcoholics and their families.

Drugs in the News

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Sadly never a week goes by when a drug-related story does not make the nightly news.  Perhaps the only upside of these stories is that families are more aware of where to turn when a loved-one who struggles needs help.  That’s the driving force behind Heartland Intervention’s Scott J. Watson frequent media appearances.

As a Licensed Clinical Addictions Counselor and Board Registered Interventionist, Scott sees first-hand the impact of alcoholism and drugs in families and society.  “It’s important that we as a society can talk about addiction”, Watson says.  “It’s hard enough to get clean and sober as it is.  If society makes this conversation taboo, then more will struggle and more will die.”

Below are two recent stories featuring Heartland Intervention’s Scott J. Watson.

 

Watson WTHR thumbnail     WTHR Accidental Overdose Story

featuring Scott J. Watson, LCAC, SAP, BRI

 

 

 

 

WTHR NBOMe Story

 

WTHR 25I-NBOMe Story

featuring Scott J. Watson, LCAC, SAP, BRI

If you have questions about addiction or would like to explore recovery options call Heartland Intervention today at 877/752-8811.  Heartland Intervention is the leader in intervention services in Indiana and beyond.  Our goal is to save lives and families by lovingly offering  recovery instead of addiction.  Don’t wait…call us today.

Loving Our Children

 

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Nearly everyday Heartland Intervention receives a phone call from a parent who is concerned about their child’s substance abuse.  Those “children” may be in their teens or fifties but parents feel the burden of addiction none the less. Often there is a sense of urgency because of grandchildren who are not being well cared for due to substance use.

These parents often are desperate and will detail in great length the decline in productivity, relationship and honesty.  The parents also recount the many attempts that have been made in a loving attempt to be helpful.  At once, they realize that their efforts have not worked and that the acuity of the addiction demands a change in strategy.

In such cases, Heartland Intervention works with the family in three distinct ways.  Most importantly, all steps need to be taken to ensure that young children are well cared for.  Secondly, we offer families clinically appropriate strategies designed to get their loved-one into treatment.  Finally, we work with the family to lovingly but firmly address the codependency and enabling that is a common element of addicted families.

If you are worried about someone’s drug or alcohol use, don’t wait.  Heartland Intervention, LLC and Scott J. Watson are a leading provider of intervention services and treatment facilitation in Indiana and beyond.   Taking action does not make addiction worse!  The ebb and flow of addiction always gets worse over time.  Call Heartland Intervention today at 877-752-8811 to discuss how we can help you.

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Transportation Safety

 

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When a child steps onto a school bus there is an assumption that the bus driver is sober.  When a 140,000 pound airplane surges down a runway, the passengers and their loved ones have an expectation that the pilot is not himself “a mile high”.  When a commuter steps onto the train that will carry her to and from a downtown office she may not ever wonder if the one in charge may have taken somebody else’s pain or anxiety medication.  This is because travel in the United States is among the safest in the world.

Heartland Intervention founder Scott J. Watson will be speaking this week at the 9th Annual Federal Transit Administration Drug and Alcohol Program National Conference in Little Rock, Arkansas.  As a DOT-qualified Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) Scott will be outlining the roles and responsibilities of employers, employees and the SAP in the DOT Return to Duty process as outlined in CFR Part 40.

Heartland Intervention and Mr. Watson take very seriously the safety of the travelling public.  As a DOT/SAP, Scott works with both employees and employers to make sure that they are compliant with the DOT rules for each of the six operating administrations.  Anytime there is a question about CFR Part 40, modal rules, or the responsibilities of the employer, employee and SAP we are here to help.

Heartland Intervention is a leading provider of DOT/SAP services in the United States and Central Indiana.  Call Scott directly today at 877/752-8811.  We would be happy to schedule an appointment for an assessment or to discuss how we may  help you or your company remain compliant and the travelling public safe.

“Want to be Normal”

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A young woman sat in our office with a sad look on her face.   Tears slowly rolled down Carrie’s cheeks.  “I just want to have a normal college experience.”, she said.    Having been arrested for DUI and Public Intoxication before she was old enough to have a legal drink, she still managed good grades in college.  Carrie’s problems hadn’t shown up in the class room but did when she began to drink.  Despite the desperate plea, her drinking history indicated that a “normal college experience” was not likely.

Carrie’s assessment indicated a troubling series of events that occur only when she is drinking.  Her alcohol consumption consistently came  with the potential for arrests, fights, blackouts and sexual exploits that she admits are both dangerous and embarrassing.  Often she says, “I can’t remember so I just rely on what my friends tell me happened.”  This had left her with low self-esteem and a general feeling of hopelessness.  Carrie listened as we explained that sometimes this is what early addiction can look like.  She agreed that hers is not the “normal college experience”.

At Heartland Intervention we understand Carrie’s desire to fit in and be able to drink like others.  Yet we know that addiction is a primary, progressive, a treatable yet fatal malady if treatment is not sought.  That means that Carrie’s pursuit of “normal” most likely provide more painful and dangerous circumstances.  Gladly, Carrie was willing to take action toward the hope of a better life.  One that would give her the best opportunity to truly be “normal”.

Heartland Intervention’s Scott J. Watson often says he, “Has a front row seat to see lives change.”.   Carrie completed  a recommended course of substance abuse treatment.  At first, she was not happy but soon began to be proud of her decision to enter treatment.   Recovery brought about a different perspective that allowed Carrie to see herself in a more positive light.  Recently, she received a token medallion for six months of sobriety.  She has returned to school and reports healthy friendships and even better grades.

If you are worried about someone, do not wait.  Substance abuse issues rarely get better on their own.  Call Heartland Intervention, LLC at 877/752-8811. We are a leading provider of assessments and intervention services in Indiana and beyond.  Tell us your story and ask how we can help today.