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.