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.
Perhaps nothing is more upsetting to family, friends and professionals alike than when a person who is in recovery experiences a relapse. Experience shows that relapse is a process that takes place over time rather than the event of just drinking or using again. Relapse erodes relationships and trust and often results in consequences far greater than then the person was initially using. This is because addiction is progressive in nature.
Frequently families will ask how often to expect relapse or what the relapse rate is when people return home from treatment. Of all the questions that I am asked, this is the one that troubles me the most. I remember Bob D. emphatically stating that, “100% of the people who don’t pick up a drink…don’t get drunk.” That was his way of saying that relapse is not a necessary part of recovery.
For sure, relapse is a significant part of many people’s story. At Heartland Intervention we encourage those in early recovery to make changes slowly and with lots of accountability and supervision. Recently there was a person who had several months sober. All was going well until she began working a full-time job. In a matter of a two weeks, she had gone from a meeting a day to 1-2 meetings per week. The third week found her running with her old crowd and likely using. Also a young man recently allowed the fear of step-work keep him from his sponsor and meetings. In a few days his family was searching for him on the streets and praying that he was ok.
Recovery literature is full of reminders and warnings about the effort that it takes to stay clean and sober. Many heed these warnings and the result is long-term recovery and all of the promises that come with it. They are proof that relapse into alcohol and drug addiction does not have to be part of the story.
Call Heartland Intervention today at 877/752-8811 to discuss relapse prevention skills. We are eager to assist you or your loved ones avoid relapse with counseling and suggestions for structure and accountability.