The Right Fix The News-Banner looks at opioid addiction treatment options available locally and what other communities are doing to combat the crisis, from medication to support groups.
By JESSICA WILLIAMS | firstname.lastname@example.org
Part 1: Thursday, April 27
'We really don't want to be this way'
The first chapter of A Better Life — Brianna's Hope was started in the fall of 2014 in Redkey. Now people in Zanesville is interested in starting a chapter of the support group, as are people in Decatur. ABLBH has almost two dozen chapters in a dozen counties.
"Please Lord, look after me and my family. Please help me to do the right thing and to show people I am not a bad person inside or out and help me Lord to get through this disappointment again and I know I make mistakes but who doesn't? I don't do it to do wrong. I do it cuz I feel I have no other choice. I want a better life, Lord, I do. Please help me. Do to me as what you feel is best. I surrender to you. In Jesus' name, Amen." — Brianna's prayer
Part 2: Friday, April 28
What is treatment? What is here? How do you access it? What are treatment recommendations at the state and federal levels?
To read through the Indiana Drug Enforcement Treatment and Prevention Task Force's final report, click here. To read the 2016 "Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs and Health" report, click here.
The county has counseling services available, but there are no detox centers, medication-assisted treatment options or rehab centers nearby, which creates barriers of transportation and further costs. And the local hospital does not treat addictions, either.
Part 3: Saturday, April 30
'I want help and they won't help me'
Part 4: Monday, May 1
'Everyone in this room is worth saving'
Adams County Drug Court is one of the newer such programs in Indiana. Nearly since its inception, officials have utilized naltrexone (Vivitrol), a medication that blocks opioids from binding in the brain's receptors to prevent users from getting high.
There are discussions about offering Vivitrol in Wells County. The drug court judge says there are currently three prescribers of the medication in Adams County, and none in Wells, Allen, or Jay.
Part 5: Tuesday, May 2
'There is so much need here'
Two new counseling services have opened in Bluffton, and the therapists at both say they are meeting a need while addressing mental health concerns. One came from an office in Fort Wayne and said he is encouraged by the efforts he has seen so far in fixing the drug addiction issues in Wells County.
Part 6: Wednesday, May 3
'We'd like it to be Mayberry but it's not.'
There are organizations and people around Wells County working to connect people to the resources and help that they need. One "help desk" is the Connecting Center, located at 116 S. Johnson St. in Bluffton. It is part of Community Care of Wells County.
Meanwhile, John Cole is the county's Systems of Care director. He works out of Family Centered Services on the city's north side and is funded by a grant through the state to work to connect people with resources and strengthening the system in place for doing so.