An Alumnus Perspective
“…. For me, my sobriety isn’t so much about what I get from the program as it is who I’ve become because of the program…” Jan M.
My name is Jan and I am a grateful recovering alcoholic and drug addict. I was born and raised in southern Indiana to family with no history of drug or alcohol issues. I, on the other hand, became an alcoholic at the age of 18 and a drug addict at the age of 23. To this day, I have no idea why I reacted the way I did to drugs and alcohol. I managed to get a college education and navigate my way through the pharmaceutical industry and eventually started my own research company. By this time, I had managed to overcome my drug of choice but my alcoholism continued to progress. In my 30’s I owned beautiful homes, drove sports cars, had every recreational toy available and traveled the world. I thought I had it all but it was just an illusion. I lived in constant fear that people were going to find out the truth about me. This constant fear accelerated my disease even more. By the time I turned 44, I had lost it all. I was broken, defeated, and morally, spiritually and financially bankrupt.
I checked into Tara Treatment Center on December 12, 2008. I would love to tell you that this is my sobriety date but it’s not. My sobriety date is February 24th of 2009. I learned a very hard lesson between those dates, one which came very close to costing me my life. After several months of recuperating from my relapse, I came back to the program with a deeper understanding of my disease. I now realize that my next drink or drug could very easily be my last drink or drug. I’ve attended enough funerals in recovery to know that this could have easily been me. I can never let myself forget that I have a disease which is always going to tell me that I don’t have a disease and that makes my disease a very scary disease.
My life today isn’t perfect but I wouldn’t trade it for anything. Today, I have the tools needed to live a clean and sober life. My recovery has allowed me to face my fears, be present in my own life and, most importantly, develop emotional connections with others. My recovery works because I maintain my spiritual fitness on a daily basis. I do this by attending regular meetings, having a sponsor, working my steps and by performing service work. I gave my addictions 26 years of my life; I don’t plan on giving it any more. I don’t thank God for opening the gates of heaven and letting me in but I do thank God, everyday, for opening the gates of Hell and letting me out. For me, my sobriety isn’t so much about what I get from the program as it is who I’ve become because of the program.
(Our many thanks go out to Jan for sharing her experience, strength and hope…if you have a story to share, please contact us)
For $1 A DAY You Can Make a HUGE Difference in Someone’s Life
Death from drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the United States.
Drug overdoses account for more deaths than traffic fatalities, gun homicides and suicides. Fatal overdoses from opiate medications such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, and methadone alone, quadrupled between 1999 and 2010, accounting for an estimated 16,651 deaths.
In 2011, drug misuse and abuse caused about 2.5 million emergency department (ED) visits. Of these, more than 1.4 million ED visits were related to pharmaceuticals.
Failing to prevent abuse and effectively treat addiction results in an enormous array of health and social problems such as accidents, homicides and suicides, child neglect and abuse, family dysfunction and unplanned pregnancies About 7 in 10 people with diseases like hypertension, major depression and diabetes receive treatment. Sadly, only about 1 in 10 people who need treatment for substance abuse addiction receive it.
Our phones are ringing constantly
Calls for help come from parents, spouses, significant others, children, siblings, doctors, attorneys, hospital emergency rooms, and those who have reached the point where their life as an addict is no longer an option.
In 2013, Tara provided inpatient residential, outpatient and supportive living for more than 400 people—over 80% came from Indianapolis and the surrounding central Indiana counties.
Tara is unique in the fact that we continue to provide long-term residential treatment.
Tara offers an expanded scope of addiction therapy beyond traditional cognitive and peer-based counseling. We provide innovative, experiential programs including equine, art, and yoga 12-step therapy. These treatment modalities combined with our professional and compassionate staff help individuals change their lives and recover from addiction. Our future plans include the addition of a Horticultural Therapy Program.
Addiction treatment is costly
Without health insurance or even for those with health insurance, coverage for residential or outpatient treatment can be staggering.
Ten years ago, an estimated total of $467.7 billion was spent on substance abuse and addiction by federal, state, and local government — 10.7 percent of the entire national budget.
- For every dollar spent on alcohol, tobacco, and other drug abuse, 95.6 cents went to “cleaning up” the consequences of the abuse.
- 3 cents supported prevention, treatment, and research.
- The remainder, 2.1 cents, covered taxation, regulation, and interdiction
Yet every $1 spent on addiction treatment saves $7 in crime and criminal justice costs. When savings related to health care are added the savings-to-cost ratio is 12:1.
Granted, just like any chronic disease, not everyone is successful in the first, second, or even their third attempt to achieve long-lasting recovery. Nonetheless, the social and economic costs of addiction treatment are far more effective than the costs of cleaning up the consequences.
And Every Day YOU can helps with $1
The Ann Daugherty Scholarship Fund was established for individuals who demonstrated a need for financial assistance to participate in our programming. Donations to this fund are considered charitable by the IRS and are deductible on your itemized federal and state income tax return. Donations amounting to $100 or more during the course of any calendar year may also be eligible to receive additional “Neighborhood Assistance Program” (NAP) tax credits from your Indiana state income tax.
visit our website at: https://www.taratreatmentcenter.org/contact-us/donate/nap-tax-credit/