Former addicts help others in recovery

Former addicts help others in recovery


PROBLEM — HAVING FORMER ADDICTS STEP IN TO HELP THOSE TRYING TO GET CLEAN. KEVIN RADER GOT AN INSIDE LOOK AT THE PEER RECOVERY COACH VIRTUAL CARE PROGRAM AT IU HEALTH. 54 116 “HOSPITALS LIKE THIS ONE IN AVON ARE THE FRONT LINES WHEN IT COMES TO ADDICTION. ONCE A PATIENT IS TREATED AND RELEASED WHAT HAPPENS THEN? IU HEALTH MIGHT HAVE A SOLUTION.” INSIDE THAT HOSPITAL SOMEONE WILL PUSH THIS BUTTON AND ACTIVATE AN ADDICTION RECOVERY COUNSELOR SITTING IN THIS ROOM IN DOWNTOWN INDIANAPOLIS. “I LET THEM KNOW THAT I AM A PERSON IN LONG TERM RECOVERY RIGHT OFF THE BAT. I LET THEM KNOW MY DRUG OF CHOICE WAS ALCOHOL.” THAT WAS TEN YEARS AGO. SITTING ACROSS THE ROOM IS SPENCER MEDCALF. TWO YEARS AGO HE WAS ADDICTED TO HEROIN. NEITHER ONE COULD IMAGINE BEING IN THIS POSITION… “I THOUGHT I WOULD BE DEAD BY 25.” “… …” BUT WHEN THAT TONE GOES OFF THEY SPRING INTO ACTION. THEY HAVE ANSWERED 825 PSYCH CALLS AND 648 ADDICTION CALLS FROM PATIENTS WHO ARE ASKING FOR PEER COUNSELING. “THIS PERSON UNDERSTANDS. I AM NOT ANOTHER PERSON IN A WHITE COAT TRYING TO TRIAGE. I WANT TO GET DOWN TO THE CAUSES AND CONDITIONS AND HELP THEM MOVE FORWARD IN A HEALTHY MANNER.” THEY HELP THEM PLAN THE NEXT STEP WHETHER THAT MEANS ADDITIONAL TREATMENT OR COUNSELING. “IT’S NOT THE TIME WE HAVE BUT WHAT WE HAVE DONE WITH THE TIME. WHERE I HAVE BEEN IN THAT DEEPEST DARKEST MOMENT. HOW I GOT OUT AND WHAT THEIR GOALS ARE IN LIFE AND HOW I CAN HELP THEM ACHIEVE THOSE GOALS.” “THAT WAY WE CAN RELATE TO THEM. THERE IS HOPE. RECOVERY IS POSSIBLE AND NOT ALL IS LOST IN THE WORLD.” AND IT STARTS AT THE DARKEST POINT WITH A TOUCH OF A BUTTON. KEVIN RADER CHANNEL THIRTEEN EYEWITNESS NEWS. THE PEER RECOVERY COACH VIRTUAL CARE PROGRAM IS A GRANT PROGRAM THAT STARTED IN AUGUST OF 2018. IF YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW NEEDS RESOURCES TO BATTLE ADDICTION … WE’VE POSTED SOME FOR YOU ON WTHR DOT COM SLASH ADDICTED.

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