Indiana Opioid Overdoses, Deaths Underscore the Need for Prevention, Intervention

Indiana Opioid Overdoses and Deaths Need Prevention and Intervention - Family First

Indiana is a state in emergency.

More than 600 residents of Indiana died from opioid overdoses last year, and many more Indianans suffered an overdose but survived.

Action needs to be taken — and quickly — to intervene now and prevent more loss of life in the midst of this scourge.

Indiana Substance Abuse Skyrockets in the Last Year

America’s opioid crisis has not eschewed the state of Indiana. On the contrary, the problems with drugs and substance abuse have intensified to the point that an average of 400 emergency room visits per week in Indiana involve overdose victims.

So many people need help with heroin and opioid addiction and are not getting it in Indiana. There doesn’t appear to be enough resources currently to meet the state’s needs.

In 2015, a huge HIV outbreak caused by dirty needles devastated many Indianans. Those kind of dirty needles, filled with liquefied pain pills and methamphetamine, are commonly shared among drug users.

The state only recently established a needle-exchange program for public health reasons, decriminalizing the possession of drug-filled needles. The HIV outbreak is contained, but the damage is done.

According to a WalletHub recent study, Indiana now ranks 14th in worst drug use problem by state. The numbers for drug use in the state from just a few years ago seem negligible when compared to the latest available stats (2016).

Indiana’s Harrowing Drug Use Stats

Recent surveys and reports on drug use in Indiana have found:

  • The state ranks sixth in the nation for number of drug-related arrests on college campuses.
  • There are 109 prescriptions for painkillers per every 100 residents.
  • Indiana currently has more than 300,000 drug addicts.
  • The state has the most cases of HIV in America.
  • Cases of Hepatitis C run rampant in the state.
  • It’s the state with the most meth lab-related incidents.
  • Indiana ranks as the 16th-worst state for percentage of residents needing substance abuse treatment but not receiving it.
  • Indiana allocated the 10th-least amount of money of any state for drug treatment.
  • More than half of heroin users in the state started using opioids by prescription.
  • It is estimated that 2.6% of Americans have injected drugs, compared to 12% of residents of Austin, Indiana.

The Importance of Early Prevention and Intervention

Early prevention and intervention can help to stanch the onslaught of new addiction cases in the state. Part of the problem is some people believe their loved one must hit rock bottom before treatment will be successful.

That is a dangerous belief.

The longer a person abuses alcohol and drugs, the more entrenched they become in their addiction, and the harder it becomes to escape and achieve lasting recovery. Additionally, intervening early minimizes the individual’s risk of overdose and death.

Early Prevention and Intervention Are Key

Once you identify that someone you care about has a drug or alcohol problem, seek help from a professional interventionist immediately. Handling the problem early lends a significant advantage in overcoming the addiction.

Families in Indiana should be aware of the need for intervention and seek professional help at the first sign of substance abuse. Early intervention can help contain the crisis.

Family Counseling for Substance Abuse

More Emphasis Placed On Intervention And Prevention In Indiana - Family First InterventionDo you have a family member with a substance abuse problem and have tried everything you know to help them see where they’re headed, but you just can’t get through?

This is where the experts at Family First Intervention can provide drug use help by conducting a professional intervention in your home in Indiana or wherever you may be located.

We will identify what needs to change in order to help your loved one become accountable and willing to get help.

An intervention needs to be done with the experience of a professional. Conducting an intervention without a specialist is often unsuccessful and can distance family members.

What We Offer

Families have to get educated about addiction and get on the same page before participating in a successful intervention. At Family First Intervention, our experienced professionals have the right advice for families looking for help.

In addition to conducting the intervention, we will set up the family with addiction case management. We will help create a customized treatment plan for long-term success.

People addicted to drugs or alcohol are experts at lying and manipulating their family’s emotions to get the substance they crave. Those of us who have been connected to someone abusing drugs or alcohol can’t help but to be affected as a result of that relationship. Our goal is to help you change the family dynamic into a healthy, non-enabling family unit.

Interventions for Mental Health Issues

Sometimes people become addicted to substances because they are struggling with a mental health disorder, diagnosed or undiagnosed. In many cases, people have both a drug or alcohol problem and a mental health issue. By addressing these issues early on, a person can begin recovery before their life is too deeply affected.

Saving Lives in Indiana

With at least 91 Americans dying every day due to opioid overdose, drug use today is not something to take lightly.

Although it would have been more beneficial if the epidemic in Indiana would have been addressed sooner, there are many people suffering now and many lives that can still be saved, and serious drug use can still be prevented in others.

When is the right time for an intervention? Your family has to make that decision, but every day you wait, you risk the death of your loved one.

It takes bravery to save lives. But that’s what is at risk here: lives. Loving families will find the courage to ask for help from a professional interventionist and set up a strategy for tackling their family’s substance abuse issues together.

If you or someone you know is at risk in Indiana, now is the time to act. Contact us today before it’s too late.

Meet Family First’s Expert Staff

Mike Loverde

As a Certified Intervention Professional (CIP), member of NAATP, NAADAC, and accredited by the Pennsylvania Certification Board, Mike Loverde knows first-hand what it’s like to live life with addiction. By overcoming it, he had a calling to work with others who struggle with drug and alcohol addictions—the people who use and the families who feel helpless watching them decay.

With thousands of interventions across the United States done and many more to come, Loverde continues to own the intervention space, since 2005, by working with medical doctors, psychiatrists, psychologists and others who need expert assistance for their patients who need intervention. To further his impact on behavioral health and maximize intervention effectiveness, Loverde is near completion of a Masters in Addiction Studies (MHS) accreditation, as well as a Licensed Independent Substance Abuse Counselor (LISAC), and is committed to attaining the designation of a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).

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