At Fairbanks Drug and Alcohol Treatment Center in Indianapolis, where he was once a patient, Matt Heskett is helping others recover from substance use issues and addiction as a peer recovery coach.
The Substance Abuse Advisory and Accountability Committee on Friday agreed to recommend that the county’s Substance Abuse Public Funding Board provide money for the Recovery Enables a Life for Men (REALM) program.
REALM would provide comprehensive, evidence-based residential treatment focusing on the substance abuse needs of up to 40 male offenders each year, housed in the Bartholomew County Community Corrections Center at the back of the Bartholomew County Jail.
Two local women who once used drugs together on Columbus streets have turned their lives around with the help of the WRAP program. Now they are helping other women find their way out of addiction.
Jessica Olson and Leslie Harden, both Women Recovering with a Purpose graduates, are helping organize and coordinate Winners Circle. The group is an aftercare support group for WRAP graduates that meets weekly to help those in recovery stay sober and successfully rejoin the Columbus community.
The 15 women working in Bartholomew County’s WRAP program now consider themselves part of a sisterhood of women bonding together to overcome the consequences of poor decision making, much of it involving criminal activity and drugs.
Tucked into the county’s Community Corrections complex behind the jail, the residential program Women Recovering with a Purpose, or WRAP, is in its seventh year. It’s an intensive year-long residential treatment program for women, followed by aftercare with electronic monitoring, designed to reduce recidivism for criminal behavior and addiction.
Nationwide, the rate of opioid use disorder among women delivering babies more than quadrupled over the 15-year period ending in 2014, according to a Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report published Thursday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Purdue Extension is joining the fight against opioid addiction. The organization, which has offices in every Indiana county, has launched a website to provide information on community-based education programs and resources regarding opioids available to Hoosiers throughout the state.
“Letting their children hit bottom is not the best strategy because in hitting bottom they may die,” said Dr. Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
Researchers at the University of Michigan found young people between the ages of 13 and 30 are nearly three times more likely to continue filling opioid prescriptions after wisdom teeth surgery.
Author Beth Macy told CBS News when she first started covering addiction, people were reluctant to share their struggles. Years later, the stigma remains. She spoke to one mother who lost her son to addiction, who only learned about the full extent of his struggles later on.
“She said something else that I heard a lot, which is ‘I thought it was just pills,’ and it had progressed to heroin unbeknownst to her, and he never missed a day at work.”
“I decided why not start talking about it in my Uber car,” said Gilley. “I carry all my extra supplies back here. So I stock them up. I’ve got extra Narcan back here.”
He teamed up with the advocacy group Georgia Overdose Prevention to hand out life-saving Narcan kits to his customers. Narcan is a nasal spray known to reverse the effects of a drug overdose.