Spring E-Newsletter - 2017

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The Director's Desk

March 2017

We are excited to announce that in 2017, Elevate will collaborate with Washington County Human Services to provide a Treatment Alternatives and Diversion (TAD) Program for individuals who are addicted to opiates. We are currently in the process of developing the program with various other Washington County agencies and are pleased to have the support of the criminal justice system and local area treatment providers. 

The program will offer a safe and effective alternative to the traditional criminal justice system for individuals charged with possession of narcotic drugs, who have a substance use problem. It will emphasize the importance of treatment while also placing a high value on holding the client accountable throughout their participation in the program. Clients will have strict requirements, but they will also receive the support necessary to make positive changes in their lives. We hope that by providing these individuals who have a criminal charge, the chance to engage in treatment and demonstrate sobriety, that they will embrace recovery and find their way out of the criminal justice system. 

At Elevate, we see this program as an opportunity to not only provide services that will benefit the clients and their families by helping them to maintain sobriety, but we also believe that the program will benefit Washington County. We believe the program will help reduce the burden on our criminal justice system by diverting individuals who commit crimes to support their addiction, to treatment services.  

This new program represents a paradigm shift in the way our county views the current opiate/heroin epidemic.  It also spotlights the dedication of professionals in our county to find a new way to address this problem in a productive way. 

At Elevate, we not only change lives, we save lives.


Mary Simon
Executive Director

 

Hidden in Plain Sight
What Should Parents Be on the Lookout For?

 

Parents of teenagers always worry about their kids making bad decisions to engage in high risk behaviors like alcohol and drug use.  Today’s headlines about opiate and heroin addiction and overdoses have heightened some parent’s concerns, but how can you know if your child is experimenting with drugs or alcohol.

The Heroin Task Force of Washington County facilitated by Elevate, along with the West Bend Rotary and Moraine Park Technical College, recently partnered to educate parents about the warning signs of drug and alcohol use by their teens.  If you were not able to tour the “Hidden in Plain Sight” teen bedroom, here are some warning signs you can be on the look-out for:

  • Dryer sheets.  The scent can be used to mask the odor of tobacco, marijuana or other drugs.
  • Sports drink bottles. Sports drinks or other colored drinks can be mixed with clear alcohol and be brought to sporting or other events.
  • Many household items, such as propellant cleaners, contain chemicals that produce a mind-altering experience when inhaled. Abusers of inhalants breathe them through their nose or mouth and new users are typically 12-15 years old. Inhalants can cause “sudden sniffing death” and can also cause permanent brain damage.
  • A sploof is a homemade filter used to mask the smell of marijuana smoke. They are frequently made out of an empty paper towel or toilet paper roll and dryer sheets. 
  • Homemade smoking pipes for marijuana can be easily made from many objects, including an apple, with how-to videos and guides found by a quick internet search. Other common materials used include aluminum foil, water bottle and soda cans.
  • A computer mouse could have a hidden digital scale inside. Scales are used to weigh small amounts of a drug and small zip lock bags are used to package them.
  • Stuffed animals, books with carved-out nooks, plastic water bottles with special sections and even underwear with specially-designed compartments able to hide “dime bags” of marijuana or other drugs.

Parenting requires that you trust, but verify.  Not all teens will engage in high risk behaviors associated with drugs and alcohol.  It’s best to be educated so that you can look for warning signs to help you intervene early and get your child back on track should the need arise.

For more information, please reach out to us at 262-677-2216.
 

 

Program Spotlight:

Family Support Group Expands

Addiction not only impacts the life of the addict, its ripple effect touches the lives of everyone in that person’s circle—family, friends, co-workers, neighbors and more. When that happens, people can struggle with who they can trust to talk to or where they can turn for help.

Elevate has listened to the community and expanded its weekly Family Education and Support Group as of February 1st. Through a partnership with local area faith communities, Elevate will offer additional support group meetings at different dates, times and locations.  The goal of the expansion is to reach more individuals and families, many of whom feel alone and forgotten.  

“A partnership with Churches allows us to meet these people where they are in their journey—to support them where they feel most comfortable and at ease.  We also know that oftentimes, people will seek out guidance from their priest or pastor but unfortunately, clergy are not always trained with the knowledge or have experience in this field to feel equipped to counsel their parishioners in the alcohol and other drug abuse field,” said Mary Simon, executive director, Elevate.

Elevate’s trained facilitator will provide education to help families understand the disease of addiction, as well as offer guidance on how to help their loved one while reclaiming their own quality of life.

Individuals will learn coping and communication skills to deal with the effects of the addict’s actions and how they impact loved ones. They will also come to understand that they are not to blame for their loved one’s substance abuse and they will receive support as they learn to let go of their loved one’s addiction.

The program is free and open to the public and offers a “drop in” approach so participants can attend as needed or based upon their availability. 

Choose from one of these weekly meeting times or locations:

Elevate Inc.
N169W21005 Meadow Lane, Jackson
Wednesday
5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Call (262) 677-2216 for more information

OR

Starting February 1, 2017.  New location and time!

Faith United Church of Christ
2895 Slinger Road, Slinger
Wednesday
10 a.m. to noon
Call (262) 644-7901 for more information
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"Under the Influence of ... Adrenaline"
Walk, Run or DOnate!

In just one month, on April 23rd, hundreds will hit the Eisenbahn Trail in West Bend to run in one of Elevate’s 8th Annual, “Under the Influence of … Adrenaline” races.  Long-time, long distance runners will tackle the marathons.  Others, perhaps first-time runners, will choose the shorter 5K route. Last year, almost 600 came out to race against substance abuse.  This year we’re hoping to have our biggest turn out ever!

Some runners will run in search of attaining a personal race goal; some will run for the health of it; others will race against their own personal demons, and still others will run to remember or support a friend or loved one who has struggled and maybe even lost a battle with an addiction to alcohol or drugs.

This year, runners will pass our new “Memory Mile,” at the start of each race.  Lined with yard signs customized by runners, participants will pass by messages of love and support, hope and determination.  Each sign will bear a personal message, some in memory of those lost to addiction.

Please consider joining us this year.  Funds raised will support Elevate’s programs and services in Washington County, which are needed now more than ever.

Don’t want to run?  Consider a donation or help to fund raise in support of Elevate.  Visit www.runsignup.com and search, “Adrenaline Races.”  Click on the donate tab.  You can either donate outright or start a fundraising page.  Then, you can ask others to support you—and us—through their donation!

For more information about this year’s event, or to register to run, visit www.adrenalineraces.org