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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
As the year draws to a close, there are two studies that have been published that highlight the cost of addiction. Families who live with substance use are often well aware of the daily struggles, fears and feelings of helplessness that are a constant companion.
The first study by the Centers for Disease Control notes that deaths from overdoses of prescription drugs and heroin continue to be the leading cause of unintentional death. Last year, 47,055 people died from drug overdoses — 1.5 times greater than the number killed in car crashes. Those aren’t just numbers but numbers of people who likely were loved by family and friends. Heartland Intervention founder Scott J. Watson recently appeared on WXIN Fox 59 and offered his opinions of this study.
The second study highlighted the fact that about 1 in 10 Americans struggles with a drug use disorder at some point in their lifetime, according to JAMA Psychiatry. This study not only highlights the extent of the problem but also points out the need for access to appropriate professional treatment. Those who carry a substance use disorder diagnosis are often at greater risk for other dangers such as suicide, accident, certain medical and psychiatric problems. “The numbers are troubling and signal a need to provide abstinence-based professional treatment to those who struggle with substance abuse.”, Watson says. An article outlining the study can be read HERE.
If you have a loved-one who struggles with drugs or alcohol, don’t wait! The cost associated with drug addiction will only get worse. Call Heartland Intervention, LLC today at 877-752-8811. We are the leading provider of intervention services and treatment facilitation in Indiana and beyond and are anxious to discuss a plan for your family member today.
Whether you are thinking about intervention or just preparing to take a loved one to treatment, selecting a treatment center can be a daunting task. Ours is an age when the internet can often be accessed at a moment’s notice via a laptop computer or smart phone. When it comes to selecting a treatment center, Heartland Intervention strongly suggests that it is a bad idea to base a selection on your own research. Here are three reasons why.
Web Page = Belly Button
Don’t feel bad! We live in an age where marriages begin with selecting a date from a website. But websites are marketing tools…nothing more! And web pages are like belly buttons…everybody’s got one. Treatment centers (even bad ones) spend thousands off dollars to create websites in an effort to funnel prospective patients their way. They tend to focus on amenities and ease of access while promoting hope to the desperate families. Often they avoid troubling aspects like treatment outcomes, therapeutic philosophy, MAT and cost. You will never see a website that says, “We are overpriced and our outcomes are poor.”.
More Than You Know
A friend used to remind me that most subjects involve “more than you know”. This is true with treatment selection too. Often the published length of stay or cost includes some flexibility. In addition, regular referral partners may be able to secure a bed or a ride from the airport quicker than someone calling the admissions department’s general number. Some centers are not set up to do evening or weekend admissions but may be willing to do one at the request of a referring professional. Heartland Intervention works hard to develop professional relationships with the very best treatment centers across the country and throughout Indiana and the Midwest in an effort to best serve our clients.
Treatment Outcomes Matter
When a loved one finally agrees to seek help for addiction it is a significant event! It is important not to waste time selecting the treatment center. It is equally unwise to use one that is convenient but may not be appropriate. Sometimes that means medically supervised detox, a dual diagnosis program or special treatment for trauma. Websites often fail to mention these offerings or fail to mention that they are available only at a significantly increased cost. The bottom line is that treatment outcomes are a significant factor in selecting a center. At Heartland Intervention, we work with only the VERY best so that our clients will have an opportunity at strong clinical outcomes.
One Final Note
It should be stated that Heartland Intervention receives no stipend, kick-back or rebate from any facility for referrals. To do so would be unethical. From time to time we will be treated to a meal or participate in a professional’s weekend in an effort to better get to know the programming staff and their philosophy. As a Board Registered Interventionist and a Licensed Clinical Addictions Counselor and SAP, it is important that we remain independent so that we are always ready to best meet the needs of our Heartland Intervention clients.
If you have questions about treatment centers, please feel free to call us at 877/752-8811.
Intervention Planning is Key
The intervention process takes lots of planning and most of the work occurs well before the intervention itself. Travel to treatment is an important part of the intervention planning process and is typically a time of tension and hope. Planning travel to treatment should not be overlooked. This is another reason you may want to consider using a professional interventionist if you are considering getting help for an addicted loved-one.
When planning an intervention, Heartland Intervention works with the family to assure a quality intervention. That means putting together a team that will use love and hope to crack the barriers of denial, anger and fear. We provide our families with excellent treatment options designed to meet their needs. And we work with them to plan every aspect of the intervention including travel to the treatment center.
Treatment Travel Considerations
Families often ask if the interventionist should travel with a person to treatment. The answer varies case by case. Travel may mean driving across town or flying cross-country and several factors help determine who should take a person to treatment. What follows are the most common options when taking someone from the intervention to a treatment center.
While it may be surprising, most families choose a non-reactive family member to escort a person to treatment. This allows for a high degree of comfort and familiarity during a process that can be a little scary for everyone involved. Heartland Intervention is also happy to travel with a person from the intervention to treatment. While rare, some families prefer to have a trained sober companion travel. It often is a person who may be demographically (age, sex, substance of abuse) similar.
No matter who is taking a person to treatment, there are things to be aware of. While very rare, every interventionist has a story of a transport that didn’t go as planned. Again, these are uncommon and often can be avoided with proper planning. Boundaries and focus must be maintained.
If you have questions about intervention or the planning process, call Heartland Intervention, LLC at 877-752-8811. We are the choice for intervention services in Indiana and beyond. We look forward to working with your family if you have a loved one that struggles with drugs, alcohol or other addictive issues.