It may seem strange but one of the first questions that many families ask Heartland Intervention is what happens AFTER treatment for substance abuse. More often than not, this questions comes up during the intervention planning process or when we are helping with treatment facilitation. While it can be unwise to gaze into the crystal ball of discharge planning, there are several factors to consider when primary treatment ends.
One of the most important issues to address following treatment is where a person will live. Opinions and answers to this questions can be emotionally charged and contain a mix of hidden and differing agendas. Families can be upset by suggestions a loved-one might not immediately return home to a spouse, kids or parents. This recommendations does not indict a family but seeks to offer increased support to someone in early recovery. Frequently, clients are urged to return home promptly and engage fully with family. Others are encouraged to evaluate supported living facilities that offer structure, accountability and a recovery community that is likely to reinforce the lessons learned in treatment.
Recovery from drugs and alcohol is on ongoing process. Study after study has shown that the duration and intensity of treatment significantly impact the likelihood of a person remaining drug/alcohol free. Given that it is often a good idea for a person to step-down to an outpatient program when discharged from residential treatment. For those who have completed an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) a relapse prevention group is often indicated. Most all clients are expected to engage heavily with a 12-step or similar support group. Other clients engage with a therapist to both support recovery and address any underlying issues, such as trauma, that may hinder sustainable recovery.
Structure and Accountability
Just as addiction has a number of reliable hallmarks, so does recovery. Most of our clients have found that structure and accountability are useful recovery tools. Often that means that a person’s schedule is less fluid than before. This includes work, 12-step meetings, phone contact with a sponsor or recovery mentor, and regular time doing service or other activities to support one’s spiritual condition. The idea of structure can produce some resistance for addicts and alcoholics but most will report over time that it is important.
Often it is said that addiction is a family disease. If so, then the family needs to take recovery steps as well. This can involve 12-step meetings or therapy aimed at reducing codependency and strengthening boundaries.
At Heartland Intervention we are always willing to be involved and make suggestions when our clients transition through treatment. We also trust the treatment centers that we use to guide and advise our mutual clients. If you are worried about a loved-one’s use of drugs or alcohol call us today at 877-752-8811. We are a leading provider of intervention services and substance abuse assessment in Central Indiana and beyond.
A Common Question
“How do I know if my loved one has a problem with drugs or alcohol?” This is one of the most common question we get at Heartland Intervention. For years we have given a similar answer to this question. But this week it occurred to me that based on my answer, my dog may have a problem. So here is a more complete answer to the question.
A Better Answer
Experience and professional standards merge to answer the question. When a person is unable to quit/ cut down or uses despite known harm it is concerning. Trouble at work or in relationships, financial pressures and legal issues can all point to a problem with drugs or alcohol. So does a large amount of time securing, using and recovering from the consequences of use. Medical issues caused or made worse by use along with tolerance to and withdrawal from a substance are symptoms of a problem. The short answer to the questions is this, “It is a problem when it becomes a problem.” But based on this, my dog has a problem…
Dakota the Dog
Dakota is a delightful pup who recently turned 2. That makes her an adolescent. For some, that is exactly when the signs of addiction show themselves. Based on my professional and personal experience with addiction and recovery, I think Dakota may have a problem! Don’t get me wrong, she is loving, smart and lots of fun to be around. But she also can be sneaky, selfish and strong-willed.
Dakota spends a great deal of her time seeking food. This despite being fed by our family at least twice a day. She begs family and guests for both food and attention. When we feed her, she gets very worked up and scarfs down her food as if she is malnourished. She is not! Recently she was accidently fed twice by us. She had a TON to eat that night and still her response was the same. One time she was able to eat nearly an entire bag of puppy chow after sneaking into the pantry. She made herself sick but kept right on eating. It looked and sounded just like an alcoholic or addict!
There is good news for those of us who love people with a substance abuse problem. No matter the drug, drink or behavior there is help available. Heartland Intervention, LLC are leaders in intervention services in Indiana and beyond. And yet most of those we place in treatment don’t require an intervention. They have faced legal or employment issues that have allowed them to become ready to consider recovery.
We work with many different treatment centers across the country in an effort to find the best clinical, geographic and financial fit for families. This results in excellent outcomes for those whom we serve.
If you are concerned about a loved one, call Scott J. Watson today. As a Licensed Clinical Addictions Counselor (LCAC) and DOT-qualified Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) he has both the experience and training necessary to help. Don’t wait…call us at 877-752-8811 today.
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 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 termed a “biopsychosocial” evaluation that covers 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. 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 necessary changes.
Heartland Intervention founder Scott J. Watson is a Licensed Clinical Addictions Counselor and DOT Substance Abuse Professional. He has years of experience and pecial 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 DUI assessment or evaluation.
For families that battle substance abuse, the information below may be helpful but won’t come as a surprise. Alcoholism and addiction impacts the family unit in a variety of ways. The good news is that every member of the family can benefit from recovery. And this can happen regardless of whether or not the addict gets clean or sober.
Terms like codependency, enabling, boundaries and more are often tossed around to describe addiction and the family. These terms, when properly defined, can be useful. But living daily in relationship with an addict can test even the strongest families.”
Addiction often means a lack of trust, financial and legal issues, child welfare concerns and “living on eggshells” in fear of making matters worse. Often family members who have gotten along well for years, begin to disagree or argue about any number of issues. Many families quickly grow tired of the routine and fracture or lose hope.
At Heartland Intervention, LLC we know the frustration that addiction brings to families. We are experts in addiction and recovery and a leader of intervention services in Indiana. We work with families to restore trust and build coping and resiliency skills. While we are best know for intervention, assessment and treatment facilitation, we commonly work with families who have a member who is not yet willing to seek help for their addiction or mental health issue. Call Heartland Intervention today at 877-752-8811.
The New Year is right around the corner and studies show that while New Year’s resolutions were once very popular, they are less so these days. Perhaps I’m old-fashioned but I’m a person who will likely jot down a few goals and objectives to work toward in the year ahead.
2015 promises to be a great year for Heartland Intervention, LLC in several ways. Our mission is clear and our passion remains white-hot as we seek “To save lives and families by lovingly offering recovery instead of addiction” to the families that we serve. As a leading provider of intervention services in Indiana and beyond, we are excited about these highlights in the year ahead.
* Again this year, Scott J. Watson will be the featured DOT/SAP at the Annual FTA Drug and Alcohol Program National Conference.
* Heartland Intervention founder Scott J. Watson will be pursuing additional clinical licensure in order to serve a wider variety of clients and an even more professional level.
* Scott’s new book is finished and will hit the market in the first quarter of the new year.
* Heartland will renew our community commitment by partnering with several city agencies and community resources to aid those who struggle with poverty, addiction and broken homes.
It is always a blessing to think of the great things the future holds. If you or a loved one struggles with addiction, call us at 877-752-8811 to discuss how we can help. Happy New Year and all the best in 2015!
“Tis the season” as families gather to celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah and the beginning of a New Year. For some these are genuine celebrations but for others there is a fracture created substance use and addiction. While some families address these concerns head-on, others chose not to. And most often, this is a very challenging time of the year to place some on in treatment because it means being away for the holidays even though being available may mean missing them because of the alcohol or drug problem.
Recently, Heartland’s founder Scott J. Watson was working with a man who admitted he needed treatment but didn’t want to miss Christmas. Many options were discussed but the room was brought to tears when the man looked up and said, “I have already missed so much because of my drinking. While I hate missing Christmas, if I don’t go today I may die and never be here for another holiday. This means that when I get out I never have to miss another holiday again.”
Did I mention that the entire room was crying? WOW…such a wonderful moment of clarity from a man who’s drinking and drug use had cost him, his parents and teenaged children so much. Later that week we got a call from a family member who indicated that his being in treatment was, “…the best Christmas present we have ever been given.”
If you or a loved one struggles with addiction, don’t wait. We are the leading provider of intervention services and treatment facilitation in Indiana. Addiction can ruin marriages, families, careers and more. Call us today at 877-752-8811 to learn how we can help your family.
The holidays are special times for many and painful times for others. Merry Christmas from Heartland Intervention, LLC and best wishes for a wonderful 2015!
Heartland Intervention is a leading provider of substance abuse assessments for those facing any number of legal issues in Indianapolis and Central Indiana. Whether you are facing a DUI, public intoxication, custody hearing or a DOT violation, it is important to get a professional assessment from a licensed and experienced clinician at a price you can afford.
Why Heartland Intervention…
Heartland Intervention’s Scott J. Watson is both a Licensed Clinical Addictions Counselor (LCAC) and a DOT qualified Substance Abuse Professional (SAP). That means his assessment will likely be accepted by probation departments and courts throughout the country.
When facing legal charges that involve drug or alcohol use, there is a lot riding on your professional assessment. We specialize in and have specific training for substance use assessments. For those facing a DOT violation, we are the leader in Return to Duty SAP assessments and are expertly familiar with the CFR Part 40 regulations.
Facing legal challenges is stressful enough. Heartland Intervention will provide an honest and independent substance use evaluation complete with any recommendations for education and/or treatment. The results will be discussed with you ensuring that all of your questions are answered. Our goal is to meet your clinical needs in a way that is responsive, affordable and professional. Contact Heartland Intervention today at 317-752-8811 to schedule your assessment.
Recovery Tools for Thanksgiving
While holidays can be tough for a variety of reasons, I’ve always believed that Thanksgiving is a holiday tailor-made to folks in recovery. Being thankful is fundamentally about gratitude which is a cornerstone of a successful recovery program and good mental health advice for us all. Recently there was a social media post lamenting the holidays. While there are many who struggle to be grateful, there are a few things all of us can do to make them even brighter. Here are two little skills or exercises that can benefit us all.
Make a Gratitude List
By making a gratitude list, we come face to face with the good stuff in our life. To be grateful demands some measure of humility and has a way of “right-sizing” our ego. Once the list is made, we are able to pray through the list, expressing not only our gratitude but our desire for each person, place or situation on the list to receive the blessing of God. Others choose to call a friend and share part of the list with them.
Where’s the Focus?
Thanksgiving offers each of us an opportunity to focus on what’s going well. It’s easy for many of us to fall into the trap of being negative. When we are thankful, we are necessarily focusing on the positive. As the old saying goes, “Focus on the problem, the problem gets bigger; focus on the solution, the solution gets bigger.”.
Heartland Intervention, the leader in intervention services in Indiana, is grateful to” have a front row seat to watch people’s lives turn around” every week. To be sure, there is heartache from time to time. But we are proud of those in recovery who will celebrate this Thanksgiving clean or sober. Happy Thanksgiving!
Whether a loved one is facing their first DUI or has a long standing substance abuse issue, it is common for family members to reach out to Heartland Intervention for help. While each situation is different, it is important to conduct an independent (not affiliated with treatment center) evaluation. This allows for an objective series of recommendations that are clinically appropriate and a good fit for the family.
Indiana families know that Heartland Intervention is committed to saving lives and families by lovingly offering recovery instead of addiction. We do this by working with treatment providers near and far. That’s because recovery is not a “one size fits all” endeavor. Some folks need Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP) while others need a medically supervised detox before they are able to begin their recovery adventure. Regardless, we work with the individual to lay out a program that is clinically appropriate, affordable and offers the promise of a better life.
When there are legal issues, Heartland Intervention is experienced in working with families, attorneys, probation officers and more. We recognize that long-term sustainable recovery offers the best hope to our clients facing many types of legal challenges. That’s why attorney’s recommend us for assessment and occasionally as an expert witness in a trial or hearing.
If you love someone who is struggling, do not wait. Call Heartland Intervention, LLC today at 877-752-8811 and ask how we can help. Addiction robs people of their freedom, health, relationships and life. Heartland Intervention is here to help.