Addiction Treatment

Hospital birthing room. (Becca Costello/WFIU)
Jill Sheridan

A new program to help women who are addicted to opioids and their newborn babies will launch in Indianapolis and aims to fill a gap in treatment services.

The Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation is granting more than $840,000 to address the problem. President and CEO Claire Fiddian-Green says Care Plus is patient-focused.

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Tippecanoe County officials hope to start an addiction recovery program focusing on treating individuals while they’re in jail.

Inmates whose case is pending would apply to participate, then spend at least 90 days in a quarantined area where they’d receive intensive therapy, according to Dearborn County officials – who say their own such program has been a success.

A national addiction policy group launched an Indiana chapter this week with an aim to create more resources for families and individuals struggling with addiction.

The Addiction Policy Forum works to raise awareness and improve policy related to the opioid and addiction crisis.  

Indiana FSSA, Indiana 2-1-1 and Open Beds representatives announce a new partnership. (Jill Sheridan/IPB News)
Jill Sheridan

A new partnership to improve access to substance use disorder and mental health treatment was announced today. Open Beds, the state’s Family and Social Services Administration, FSSA and Indiana 2-1-1 have teamed on a new online platform.

Finding the right care for the right person at the right time is the goal of the partnership that provides a website for providers to locate treatment options when they’re needed.

A shortages of qualified treatment providers is frequently cited as an obstacle in fighting the opioid addiction crisis. Yet, according to research published in the journal PLoS One, the solution may lie in the hands of primary care providers who can successfully treat addiction.

When An Overdose Becomes A Gateway To Recovery

Aug 22, 2017
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On a cold morning last winter, Christopher Hinds says he woke up early, sick from withdrawal. He called a friend and they trekked across a highway, walking for more than two miles through the snow on a street without sidewalks to buy heroin. 

“You don’t think about nothing but getting it when you’re sick like that,” he says. 

Legislation Aims To Increase Addiction Providers

Jun 29, 2017

More than half of Indiana counties don’t have mental health care options available. A new bipartisan proposal in Congress to increase the number of providers specializing in addiction treatment.

U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) says many Hoosiers, just like many in America, are battling addiction to opioids and other dangerous substances. And he says there’s s a need for more professionals on the front lines.

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The GOP's proposed health law, the American Health Care Act, has some mental health and addiction treatment advocates worried.