Off To Treatment

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Call Heartland Intervention 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.

A DUI… Now What?

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It is a rare week when someone doesn’t call and say…”I got a DUI”.  Some have no addiction issue and others are not facing their first offense.   Regardless, a DUI, OVWI or OWI in Indiana can have significant impact on family, work and freedom.  Most agree, an independent substance abuse assessment is critical both to get help and minimize damage.

Heartland Intervention specializes in recovery from substance abuse issues.  Our founder Scott J. Watson is an expert and leader in the field.  We are not attorneys.  Still, experience tells us that those charged with DUI are far more likely to avoid jail time and have a reduced length of probation and license revocation if they are proactive.  This means getting a prompt assessment for substance abuse and mental health issues and following the recommendations for treatment and/or education as soon as possible.  It is FAR better for you or your attorney to demonstrate the the court that you are taking action.  This is done by getting an assessment promptly and focusing on the solution.  At Heartland Intervention, we conduct assessments for Indiana and many other states.  Mr. Watson is a DOT qualified Substance Abuse Professional (SAP), a credential that if recognized across the country.

Anyone can get a DUI or similar charge.  Often, a person’s response to that is the most important factor in predicting a person’s future.  If you have been charged with DUI, don’t wait.  As assessment from a trained and qualified professional is an important first step .  Call Heartland Intervention at 877/752-8811 to schedule your appointment for an assessment.

Lifeline Law Saves Lives

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Everyday the news is filled with stories about overdoses, gun violence and other tragedies.  Often drugs and alcohol use, abuse or sales play a central role in these tragedies.  As students head back to school we focus again on college campuses where the problem of substance abuse and sexual assault is a daily reality.  While others work to change the culture, there is one tool designed to save lives TODAY!

Indiana Lifeline Law

In 2014, State Senator Jim Merritt authored legislation designed to give immunity from alcohol related prosecution to any minor who calls to report a medical-emergency or crime.  Merritt explains that it’s not about giving bad behavior a free pass but rather getting life-saving help to those who need it the most.

Every year we read of accidental overdoses or serious injuries to students who are drunk or under the influence.  It is easy to sit back and be critical or wring our hands fearing that there is nothing that can be done.

Call to Action

If you are the parent, sibling, or loved one of an Indiana student you can help.  Make sure they are aware of Indiana’s Lifeline Law!  Click HERE to learn more about it.  And if someone you love is struggling with a drinking or substance abuse problem, do not wait.  Call Scott J. Watson at Heartland Intervention, LLC today at 317-752-8811.  We exist to lovingly offer recovery instead of addiction to families suffering from substance abuse and more.

When Substance Abuse or Addiction Appears

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A younger brother may find a picture or text on social media.  The phone rings with news that a family member has been arrested for underage possession or DUI.  A respected co-worker doesn’t show for work after failing a random urine drug screen.  Whether it begins with a hunch or a bombshell, it is not uncommon for families to find themselves face to face with addiction or problematic substance use.

Most families lack the experience to know how to react when drug or alcohol problems arise.  Regardless of the substance being abused, families, freedom, finances, employment and health are often at risk unless something changes.  Families often are at a loss for what to do or where to turn.

Heartland Intervention, LLC can help!  As a leading provider of intervention services in Indiana and beyond, we work with families everyday who simply need guidance regarding assessment, intervention or treatment recommendations for loved ones.  While all substance abuse has certain common threads, each person and family is unique.  That’s why it is important to get independent  professional advice  for your family or friend.

Following an assessment, Heartland Intervention will work with you on appropriate treatment.  Among the factors considered are clinical appropriateness, co-occurring need, fit within the therapeutic community, cost, location and more.  We have no association with any treatment center so we can speak openly and honestly about each one that we recommend.  We work with a wide variety of facilities in order to best serve the families who trust us.  As our founder Scott J. Watson is fond of saying, “Because the stakes are high, we don’t recommend any clunkers.”.

If you are concerned about a loved one’s substance abuse, do not wait!  Call Heartland Intervention, LLC today at 877-752-8811.  We look forward to guiding you as you navigate the world of drug and alcohol assessment, rehab and treatment.  The stakes ARE high.  Call us today.

The Best and Worst Job


“When it goes right, I have the best job on the planet.  And when it doesn’t, it is among the worst.”  That is a phrase Heartland Intervention founder Scott J. Watson can frequently be heard telling families that he consults and works with.  Both parts of the message have been driven home in the past few weeks.

Regardless of the substance being used or consumed, addiction is a worthy foe. And getting someone to enter treatment may well save a life!  Recently, Heartland Intervention, LLC had two interventions in three days.  The first was a young female, not even old enough to have a legal beer.  It didn’t matter because she was a heroin addict.  The second was a man over sixty who had consumed more than his fair share of beer for many, many years.  In each case their families feared for their health, safety and life.  In each case, there were tears and more fears.  And in each case the intervention was successful.  Both went straight to treatment.  “When it goes well, I have the best job on the planet.”

Two weeks ago, the office voicemail brought the dreaded news.  The truth about addiction is that not everyone gets the help they need.  Sometimes, it ends horribly.  We had talked with this kind lady at least eight times over the past several months.  She and her adult son had also had a consultation in our office.  Treatment was explained and offered.  Each time there was a reason why the timing was not quite right to enter treatment.  The voicemail carried the news that she had found her son dead.  A mother’s worst fear and addiction’s final word continue to echo.

The past few weeks have served to crystalize our vision and motivate us as we work to save lives and families.  Left untreated, addiction only gets worse.  Heartland Intervention, LLC is a leader in intervention services in Indiana and beyond.  We believe that abstinence-based treatment works!  We have seen the results.  If you have a loved-one who struggles with addiction, do not wait!  Call us today at 877-752-8811.  When it goes right, we have the best job on the planet.


After Treatment

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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.

Supportive Living

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.

Continuing Care

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.

The Family

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.

Is My Dog an Addict?

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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!

Good News

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.

Don’t Wait

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.

Not Hitting Bottom

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What was the worst day of your life? Are you able to remember why it was so bad and the gut-wrenching feelings that  gripped you? What made that day so bad and could anything have been done earlier to have made it better?

When people call Heartland Intervention, they are often surprised to hear me say that we don’t have to “let” someone hit bottom. Often, the goal of an intervention is to RAISE a person’s bottom to their current level of despair.   We do this so the addicted  person does not have to loose their job, marriage or house before they get into treatment.

Recently we conducted an intervention for a family that had grown weary of “watching a loved one slip away”.  Our goal was to encourage him to seek an assessment for both mental health (including trauma and grief) and addiction.  It was not easy and emotions ran high.  But our loving intervention was successful and their loved one got the help that he needed.

A parent whose child has a fever would not just wait to see how bad the fever would get before taking action.  Nor would the parent be afraid that taking action would only make the situation worse.  A parent whose child’s grade’s were sinking would intervene early in an effort to prevent things from getting any worse.  So too should it be with addiction.  There is no value in seeing how low a person can go.  Some people’s bottom may be lower than it takes to kill them.  We seek to intervene before a person loses their job, spouse, freedom, health or life.

Heartland Intervention is recognised as a leader in the field of intervention services,  assessment and recovery.  Our affordable and  loving approach to intervention coupled with our very high success rate make us the choice of many concerned about their loved one.  While we are based in Indiana, Scott Watson travels throughout the country conducting interventions and facilitating entry into treatment.

Left untreated, addiction always gets worse.  Many people have told us that intervention day was actually one of the BEST days of their life.  Call us today at 317-752-8811.  We look forward to listening and helping.

DUI Alcohol or Drug Assessment

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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.

Clinical Qualifications

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.

Assessment Components

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.

Addiction and Family

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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.