TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – According to the CDC, there were more than 96,000 overdose deaths during a twelve month period that began in March 2020 and ended March 2021.
That amount nearly doubled compared to the year previously.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, those who seek help to treat drug addiction relapse 40% of the time.
These are statistics that the Next Step organization in Terre Haute want to change. Next Step only has a 15% relapse rate which Next Step Executive Director Dana Simons said is positive. They plan to reverse some of the national trends by first, ending the stigma around recovery.
“People tend to say or call them ‘those people’ and put them into an ‘other’ group,” Simons stated. “It’s really unfortunate.”
Simons continued by saying that these outside stigmas can negatively affect those in recovery. But, Next Step Peer Recovery Coach Gwen Robins said the culture at Next Step is strong enough to keep a lot of stigmas out.
“There’s always somebody around no matter what anybody’s going through,” Robins said. “If anything ever happens, there’s always somebody here.”
Next Step plans to add a Recovery Café later this fall, and this is just one step in helping those in their road to recovery.
“If we get mothers and fathers reunited with their children in a healthy situation with their family than that’s success,” Simons explained. “It’s hard but people in recovery should be given a standing ovation