Category: Alcohol & Drug Treatment

Heroin Addicts Are Treated Like Human Beings In Ohio

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heroin addiction in ohioOhio has been hit hard by the heroin epidemic.  A new University of Cincinnati study says one in five Ohio residents knows someone who is struggling with heroin. One sheriff told us that up to 80 percent of the prisoners in his county jail have drugs in their system, largely heroin.  60 Minutes took note of the ways Ohio is innovating in its judicial system to give heroin addicts a chance to avoid the stigma of a criminal conviction and access treatment.  In the interview, Ohio Attorney General Mike Dewine states the obvious, “We cannot arrest our way out of this problem.”  In the episode you see how Ohio has established “DRUG COURTS.”  The intervention works. If a person stays drug free and follows the rules, they can walk away without a record.

The story also shows how local prosecutors have an incredible amount of discretion in choosing how to charge individuals. We hear the horror story of a person charged with 23 felonies for being an addict.  The Hardin County Prosecutor is shown as the example of a drug warrior who has no compassion or understanding for the addiction. He states, “We don’t give anybody a free pass.”

I have been involved as a Board Member of TCN-BHS, Greene County’s alcohol and drug treatment provider for the past two decades.  I have also given multiple speeches across the country about the dangers of fighting a War on Drugs.  For so long I lost hope, but stories such as this demonstrate that we can do better.  Locally, we even have drug courts that have adopted the “treatment” approach instead of continuing the “lock them up and throw away the key” mentality of the last generation. We also see around us the devastation wrought by our failed approaches.  This new awareness is leading to legislation to decriminalize and/or legalize the use of marijuana.

If you or a loved on is struggling with addiction, give me a call and we can talk about resources available in the area. If you are accused of a drug crime or a drugged driving charge, give me a call to provide you with the best possible defense.  (937) 318-1384 or 888-ROWLAND (888-769-5263).



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Do Not Give Your Dog Beer!

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Do Not Give Your Dog Beer!

No matter how much you think your best friend may want to share a beer with you, it is not a good idea. Dogs have a much smaller liver and are incapable of processing alcohol. If the amount of alcohol overwhelms their liver it could be fatal. Having too much alcohol will cause a dog’s central nervous system to slow down their breathing and heart rate and can lead to a coma and death. Too much alcohol can make a dog’s blood to acidic which could lead to cardiac arrest. Disturbed kidney function, dehydration and low blood sugar could also cause your drunk dog massive problems. It is also a bad combination because by the time you notice impaired actions it may be too late. When you combine a dog’s diminished capacity to process alcohol with their smaller size, you have a recipe for disaster if your pet drinks a beer. If you see signs of impairment get your dog to a vet as soon as possible.

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Wright State Weekend OVI Intervention Program Raising Rates

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Wright State Weekend OVI Intervention Program Raising Rates

Beginning on March 1st the popular Wright State University 72 hour weekend intervention class will be raising their rates from $300.00 per session to $350.00 per session.  To find out more about the nature of the program, how to pay or what happens during the sessions, visit their website by clicking the link above or contact:

Weekend Intervention Program
6 S. Patterson Blvd., Third Floor
Dayton, OH 45402
Phone: (937) 775-3050
Fax: (937) 775-2629

If you need help signing up for the program or have questions, you can also contact DaytonDUI at (937) 318-1384. “All I do is DUI defense.”

Fairborn Municipal Court’s Vivitrol Drug Court Program Is Certified

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The Fairborn Municipal Court’s Vivitrol drug court has received certification.

According to the very good story in the Fairborn Herald,

The Fairborn Municipal Vivitrol Drug Court program aims to teach individuals how to live a drug and alcohol-free life. Those accepted are expected to be able to do so within two years of entering the program. It is broken into four phases, and individuals will begin Vivitrol treatment within the first phase, and possibly discontinuing the drug during or after the fourth phase, depending on the individual. In the first phase, participants are screened a minimum of two times per week, visit with the probation officer at least once per week and attend status hearing at the courts twice per month. Phase one lasts 12 weeks, and in order for participants to move on to stage two they must pass the screens for eight consecutive weeks, attend all required appointments and be compliant with court and community control/probation orders.

Phase two highlights drug and mental health counseling by targeting the issues that caused them to begin using drugs in the first place and what complications it has caused them since. Participants will still be screened a minimum of two times per week, attend weekly probation appointments as well as status hearings at the court two times per month. They will additionally attend chemical dependency and mental health counseling per their individual treatment plan. Participants will learn to identify relapse triggers and must begin to develop healthy coping mechanisms. In order to move on to the next stage, participants must have clean drug screens for 12 consecutive weeks, continue following orders and attending meetings.

The third phase aims at action, as participants will have less appointments to attend and will begin applying what they have learned through the program in their day-to-day functions. It lasts 12 weeks, and participants are pushed to start working toward their goals, such as finding employment or enrolling in school, which will vary on a case-by-case basis. Participants must undergo one screen per week, one probation appointment every other week depending on their progress as well as mental health and chemical dependency counseling according to their individual plans. Participants will attend court hearings once per month. In order to start the final phase, participants must have clean drug screens for 12 consecutive weeks, be compliant with all court orders and probation rules and attend all appointments.

The fourth and final phase focuses on continuation, as participants will have even fewer appointments to attend and will keep working toward their goals. They will be screened twice per month, attend probation appointments every three to four weeks, see the judge once per month and have chemical dependency counseling according to their individualized treatment plans. In order to begin aftercare, they must have clean drug screens for the remaining five months, complete a relapse prevention plan, attend all required appointments and continue to follow court orders and probation rules.

The program then monitors participants for six months following completion, by meeting with the probation officer on a monthly basis and choosing whether or not to continue counseling and court status hearings.

Naltrexone reverses the effects of opioids and is used primarily in the management of alcohol dependence and opioid dependence. It is marketed in generic form as its hydrochloride salt, naltrexone hydrochloride, and marketed under the trade names Revia and Depade. In some countries, including the United States, a once-monthly extended-release injectable formulation is marketed under the trade name Vivitrol. [Wiki].

Vivitrol Drug CourtThe program is expected to receive final certification from the Ohio Supreme Court Specialized Docket Division following an inspection and observation after the program has begun. People referred to the Vivitrol drug court would be assessed by the judge, defense counsel, prosecutor and probation officer.  To be in the program, the defendant will be required to take Vivitrol. Once admitted, they meet with the probation officer for a risk assessment, then a drug and alcohol and mental health assessment. At that point, the treatment team would review the individual’s assessments results and would discuss if the individual would be a good candidate for the Vivitrol drug court program.

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Internet Resources For Alcohol Treatment and Recovery

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Internet Resources For Alcohol Treatment And Recovery

If you receive an Ohio OVI charge, you may recognize that alcohol is having an adverse impact on your life.  If so, here are some resources.

HAMS is a free peer-led support and information group for anyone who wants to change their drinking behaviors for the better. The acronym HAMS stands for Harm reduction, Abstinence, and Moderation Support. (347) 678-5671 – Moderation Management stresses balance, moderation, self-management, and personal responsibility. – Drink Wise is a brief, confidential educational program for people with mild to moderate alcohol problems who want to eliminate the negative consequences of their drinking. (AA) – The oldest and best-known “twelve-step” program of self-help for alcoholics who wish to abstain is Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). Founded in 1935, and based on a religious movement of the time, AA estimates that it now has two million members in 114 countries. Membership in this non-professional, mutual support organization is free, and members are encouraged to attend ninety meetings in the first ninety days of their affiliation with the fellowship. Those who affiliate are expected to follow the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. (888-4AL-ANON) – Al-anon’s purpose is to help families and friends of alcoholics recover from the effects of living with a problem drinker. Alateen is the recovery program for young people sponsored by Al-anon members. Both Al-anon and Alateen are adapted from Alcoholics Anonymous and are based on the Twelve Steps. Thousands of Al-anon and Alateen support groups operate in over 100 countries around the world. (1-800-303-2873) – Established as an alternative to the spiritual nature of AA as well as its view that alcoholics are powerless and must submit to God’s will in order to recover, Rational Recovery stresses the innate power and strength of individuals themselves to overcome obstacles. It rejects the AA belief that “once an alcoholic, always an alcoholic.” Rational Recovery teaches people how to become independent of both alcohol addiction and of organizations dealing with alcoholism. (310-821-8430) – Secular Organizations For Sobriety (SOS), also known as Save Our Selves, this program stresses the need to place the highest priority on sobriety and uses mutual support to assist members in achieving this goal. The Suggested Guidelines for Sobriety emphasize rational decision-making and are not religious or spiritual in nature. (216-292-0220) – Self-Management and Recovery Training (SMART Recovery) views alcohol dependence as a bad habit and attempts to use common sense techniques to break the habit. (1-800-333-1606) – The mutual support groups of Women for Sobriety work to enhance the self-esteem of members. Women for Sobriety groups are non-religious and the meetings also differ from those of AA in that they prohibit the use of tobacco, caffeine and sugar.

These internet resources for alcohol treatment were taken from Alcohol Problems and Solutions,  which is possibly my favorite site on the internet. Dr. David J. Hanson of the State University of New York’s sociology department has dedicated his life to sorting through the myths of alcohol treatment and providing a much-needed voice of reason in a not-so-rational environment.

Charles M. Rowland II served on the TCN-BHS (Greene County’s Mental Health/Alcohol & Drug Treatment provider) and has dedicated countless hours to educating people about alcohol use and misuse. If you are in need of alcohol treatment he can help you by providing countless resources in aiding your recovery.  Call Charlie (Dayton DUI) today and start making your life the life you want.