Editor’s Note: While opioid addiction has garnered the most headlines in recent years, methamphetamine is still a major issue, especially in the Wabash Valley. This week we are shining a spotlight on this subject to show how it has evolved over the years and how it continues to impact members of the local community.
VINCENNES, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Former meth addict Rachel Sowder credited Addiction Solutions in Vincennes for helping her get clean.
The sober house gave her a support system, something Addiction Solutions director Kristina Hannel said is important to recovery.
Hannel noted those getting clean need to be around “people who offer hope” and those “moving in the direction you want to go.”
According to Hannel, most of the people who seek treatment at the facility are addicted to meth; however, they also help those suffering from opioid addiction and alcoholism.
When someone is ready to seek treatment, Hannel said they need to be willing to do whatever it takes.
“The biggest thing is just being willing,” she said. “It’s kind of a surrender.”
Addiction Solutions is a 9 to 12 month, faith-based program with facilities in Vincennes, Ind. and Olney, Ill.. Only in its second year of operation, 11 people have already graduated from the program, with at least seven still clean after the one year mark.
The sober house is one of many options for those in the Wabash Valley wanting to find help.
The Hamilton Center, with several locations throughout the Wabash Valley, offers a wide-range of recovery services including group therapy, peer recovery and transitional living.
According to Hamilton Center public relations specialist Zach Jenkins, the important thing to remember is “recovery is possible.”
Several Narcotics Anonymous meetings are also available in Terre Haute and the surrounding areas. To find a meeting, click here.
To learn more about how methamphetamine is impacting the local community, tune in to News Channel 2 at 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. Thursday.