April 14, 2012

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What To Do | Who To Call | Local Help | Support Groups | How To Tell If Someone Is In Trouble | Creating Change | Legislation and Initiatives | Documentary

What To Do

Provided by Amethyst House

There are several important issues to be aware of in dealing with a friend who might have an alcohol and/or drug problem.

Know that interventions are not to be taken lightly. You can call Jackie Daniels at the Office of Alternative Screening and Intervention Services (OASIS) through IU at (812)856-3898 for additional information and support beyond this article.

Do: Plan ahead of time. Check out what resources are available around campus and in the community for drug and alcohol education, treatment, and support services.

Don't: Talk to your friend if he/she is intoxicated. The best time to talk to someone is when they are sober. Sometimes people are more receptive immediately following a "bad night" of using. Don't try to talk to someone about getting help or addressing a problem when they are high or intoxicated. The person might be open to talking when under the influence however these types of interactions rarely produce any meaningful results as the person is not truly present and may not even remember the talk the next day. The worse thing you can do is get caught up in a pattern where an intoxicated person calls you regularly (maybe waking you up) to talk about their problems and share remorse for their chemical use. This will only serve to wear you out and enable the person not to take legitimate steps to get help.

Do: Assess your motives for reaching out to the person. If you have motives other than caring and concern the person will probably pick up on this and may reject your help. With this in mind if you occasionally abuse alcohol and drugs yourself, the person might want to confront what they perceive to be the hypocrisy of your concern.

Don't: Take the persons inventory. Critiquing or judging the person is a way to immediately create defensiveness in the person and to lose an opportunity to be helpful. As soon as a person feels judged they will tune you out.

Do: Present your concerns with "I" statements. Try to share at a level where you express your feelings about what you have observed. Sharing "I am sad or scared" about something witnessed works much better than "you pissed me off when¶".

Don't: Preach at the person. You will lose your audience quickly if you do this.

Do: Realize that people need to have choices. Avoid telling the person that they have to do anything. The truth is that they do not have to do anything at all. Encouragement and suggestions work best.

Don't: Attempt to shame the person into taking responsibility for a problem. This never works and will just serve to add additional emotional distress to what the person is already experiencing. Avoid shaming phrases like telling the person what they "should" do.

***Do: Share with the person how much you appreciate them and validate their own personal strengths. Making statements about their likability when sober might be helpful. Addiction is a progressive disease so you might want to share how much you miss the person they were before their lifestyle was overtaken with partying.

Things to Remember:

Helping someone is sometimes a process and not an event. Often sharing of concern is met with indifference or defensiveness. You can present concern and let the person know you are around if they ever want to talk. It might take a long time for a person to actually reach out for help and to appreciate your support. Again let them know you are available to talk anytime as long as they are sober.

Be aware that typically people with alcohol or drug problems resent and will push away people that may recognize their problem and show concern.

Be aware that denial is a cornerstone of addiction and a student living in a drinking culture can find many ways to reinforce a belief that abnormal chemical use is normal.

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Who To Call


Signs of Overdose
Information provided by NOPE Task Force: Narcotics Overdose Prevention and Education

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Local Help

Bloomington Hospital: 812-353-5252

Bloomington Alcoholics Anonymous: 812-334-8191

Bloomington Narcotics Anonymous: 812-331-9767

Treatment Options
U. S. Dept. of Health and Human Services Center for Substance Abuse Treatment: 800-662-HELP

Remember, **CALL 911 IMMEDIATELY in all emergency situations!

Alcohol / Drug Information Center
The Alcohol-Drug Information Centerís goal is to prevent and respond to misuse and abuse of alcohol and other drugs through education, information, referral, and policy.

Amethyst House
Amethyst House, Inc., is a Bloomington, IN based not-for-profit United Way agency that provides residential and outpatient services for people with drug and alcohol addiction and problem gambling issues with an additional outpatient office in Evansville, Indiana.

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Support Groups

Bloomington Alcoholics Anonymous: 812-334-8191

Bloomington Narcotics Anonymous: 812-331-9767

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Creating Change

Legislation and Initiatives

The Jennifer Act

Jennifer Reynolds, 1979-2009

Sharon Blair
Sharon Blair's daughter, Jennifer Reynolds, died on January 15, 2009 at the age of 29 after overdosing on prescription drugs. Since then, Blair has moved to Bloomington and teamed up with Senators Vi Simpson and Sue Errington. The lawmakers drafted the Jennifer Act (IN Senate Bill 380) and introduced it in January of 2010.

Jennifer had battled a drug addiction since she was 16 years old, and Blair says there was no help beyond the traditional 72-hour hold in place in most states.

According to Blair, "I didn't drop the ball. As a matter of fact, I was screaming at the rooftop of my house for help for my daughter, because I knew she wasn't going to make it if I couldn't get an intervention."

The help never came.

So now, a Bloomington mother is bringing her grassroots effort from Florida to Indiana.

It's called The Jennifer Act, and it's all about intervention, even if the person needing the help refuses to get treated for drug addiction.

(Reference: Lewis, Tisha. Bloomington Mother Pushes for New Law to Help Drug Addicts". Fox 59. July 13, 2010. )

The Jennifer Act Synopsis

The Jennifer Act bill will provide Drug and alcohol abuse commitments. Provides procedures for the involuntary commitment of a person due to alcohol or drug abuse. Requires the division of mental health and addiction to maintain and operate or contract for alcohol and drug rehabilitation facilities, including faith based facilities. The Jennifer Act bill requires the law enforcement academy to provide training regarding persons with alcohol or drug addictions, including training for involuntary commitments for alcohol or drug use. The Jennifer Act bill requires the department of correction and county jails to provide alcohol and drug rehabilitation to all offenders with alcohol or drug addictions.

(Reference: Committee on Corrections, Criminal, and Civil Matters. Indiana)


The Jennfier Act has passed, and is now Indiana Senate ConCurrent Resolution No. 7. Click here to read the whole bill.

Hoosier P.A.C.T.

Hoosier P.A.C.T (Proactive Alcohol Care Treatment) is a procedure that not only enhances student safety, but also saves lives. It allows Indiana University students, both on and off campus, to proactively seek medical assistance in times of need. As a gentle reminder, always CALL 911 in the event of any medical emergency.

Click Here for more information on Hoosier P.A.C.T

RPS Alcohol and Drug Workgroup Philosophy Statement

The Residential Programs and Services (RPS) Alcohol and Drug Workgroup consists of a group of professional staff members and residence hall students at Indiana University. The focus of the Workgroup is to promote the health and safety of IU students, with regard to alcohol and drug usage, behaviors, and campus culture. Our goal is to encourage awareness of choice, personal responsibility and understanding of consequences related to the usage of alcohol and drugs.

The Workgroup will focus on:

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Addicted to Music Documentary Trailer (2011)

Addicted to Music Documentary Trailer from Mike Walker on Vimeo.

Confronting Addiction: The Short Documentary (2009)

Presented by Addicted To Music...this is the documentary about three people and the stories of their family members who battled addiction. Featuring Justin Schreiber, Ben Hopkins, and Amy McCormick.

Together we can kick the addiction, and become "Addicted to Music"

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