“I talked to him about the statistics,” Bossie recalls. “I said, ‘Ryan, when you use there’s one of two different paths you’re going to be on — you’re either going to end up in jail or you’re going to end up dead.’ And he knew that. But this was an illness.”
At a recent school event, a mother asked me how she could help her son who had begun drinking and taking drugs. “There must be something I can say that will make him listen,” she implored, hoping I could help her find the magic words that would make her son face his escalating substance abuse problem.
Health experts are always telling us we need to exercise and eat right, but finding time around work to do that isn't always easy.
Moyer reportedly talked publicly for the first time about how he eventually came to grips with his addiction and checked himself into an English facility 14 years ago.
In September 2012 the University of Michigan joined what are now 135 Collegiate Recovery communities on campuses all over the country. While they vary in size from small student-run organizations to large embedded university programs, the aim is the same: to help students stay sober while also thriving in college.
Doctors are making an effort to screen for potential addiction issues during routine visits. Have you noticed an increase in screening questions related to substance abuse at your recent visits with your physician?
"Treatment opened awareness that I didn’t have before, but it was too much information to deal with in thirty days. In rehab, you [only] start gaining the tools to help you deal with things in a different way.” She was letting me know that a month-long stay in rehab was only the beginning of a long process.
Whenever we tell you about a big meth bust, it's easy to think the drug is making a comeback in South Dakota. But the sad reality is meth never went away. Laws limiting access to over-the-counter meds used to make meth have helped put the squeeze on illegal labs here. But dealers are simply finding another source by going global. It's a meth pipeline that extends from South of the Border to South Dakota.
Methamphetamine's impact is devastating on people and families from all walks of life. The drug has an especially harmful grip on reservations. According to the U.S. Justice Department, Native Americans have the highest rate of meth use among any ethnic group in the country.
"The Bishop Dudley Hospitality House in downtown Sioux Falls has been open for nearly three weeks now, serving the homeless of South Dakota's largest city with resources to help people get back on their feet.
The staff at Dudley House does all they can. Guests receive a bed and food, as well as information on jobs and resources for overcoming addictions."
Face It TOGETHER Sioux Falls has a recovery coach present to help guests of the Bishop Dudley House on Tuesdays from 10AM to 2PM.