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Addiction and Drug Rehab in Fort Wayne, Indiana

The second-largest city in Indiana, Fort Wayne is showing an alarming increase in heroin abuse. And as if this is not sufficient cause for concern, various new concoctions are making a name for themselves in this city. The leading scourge, however, is reflected in federal sentencing statistics for crack and powdered cocaine that show year on year that powdered and especially crack cocaine maintain pole position above all other substances, being almost double of any other drug-related sentencing. If anything, this indicates that cocaine is a major scourge as it is often a “less” targeted substance of concern in organized police raids. The DEA and police tend towards methamphetamine and other strains when pursuing tip-offs and, although cocaine powder and crack are often targeted too, the more sensationalist headlines tend to center on new derivatives or products. While cocaine is not “accepted” as normal within Fort Wayne society, it appears so entrenched as a phenomenon that a certain amount of fatigue is evident in its confiscation and limitation.

Fort Wayne is a Midwestern city of over a quarter of a million people. Renowned for the Three Rivers system, in bygone days the city was an important hub of despatch as merchants utilized the St. Marys, St. Joseph and the Little River to ferry goods to far flung regions. The last few decades have not been kind to Fort Wayne, with a relatively stable yet still stagnant economy and some alarming statistics emerging on poverty levels in Indiana’s northeastern region, including Fort Wayne.

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Skewed Poverty Statistics Compared to the US as a Whole

Allen County, of which Fort Wayne is the seat, displays abnormal economic disadvantage statistics when compared to the rest of America. Pointing to single parent households as a leading indicator of the city’s profile, authorities note that most of these are headed by a single female, typically with a child or children under five years of age. A whopping 45 percent of these households survive on income that ranks below the official poverty level. A shocking 25 percent of Allen County’s residents survive on income levels 200 percent below the poverty level. Due to it’s proximity to Chicago, where heroin abuse is rising dramatically especially among the youth, Fort Wayne is mirroring this somewhat as its figures have increased for abuse of the opiod. Circa 2007, the Allen County Criminal Division Services reported on participants in their Countermeasures Program, with just over 30 percent below 100 percent of the poverty level and an alarming 55 percent sitting at 200 percent-plus below the poverty level. Although subsequent federal intervention programs have sought to address what many see as the root cause of the majority of abuse cases in the city – joblessness and ensuing poverty – little has changed since then. The Countermeasures Program deals primarily with alcohol consumption and abuse, but the statistics gleaned show a worrying snapshot of life for many in Fort Wayne.

Supply Routes to Fort Wayne

The many arms of the law – federal, state and the local policing force – concur that behind most of the drug trade in Fort Wayne sit Mexican syndicates who have established regular supply routes into Midwestern America. Cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine are their primary products and the relatively low population of the city belies the entrenched, aggressive drug trade responsible for so many arrests and ruined lives.

Police in the city point out that while recent news reports of drug busts and associated investigations alarmed residents, an officer said that these warrants and subsequent raids happen “a lot more often than people think.”

Most Popular Drugs in Fort Wayne

While cocaine predominates as the most insidious drug on the street, the purity of heroin has been enhanced, leading to more enabling of consumption. This is the cause of the spike in heroin figures over the last few years, as it is in other American cities.

With purity levels often as high as 80 percent, the option of now rather snorting or smoking heroin has opened up a market of particularly younger users who previously avoided the drug due to distaste for the process of injecting it intravenously. Figures on overdoses, arrests and treatment have all been on the increase. As long ago as the year 2000, authorities noted that figures depicting the number of high school seniors who had abused heroin had doubled in the six years preceding. Although dated, those figures pretty accurately still depict the current situation in Fort Wayne as statistics continue to climb. That the heroin abuse statistics have not exceeding those for cocaine in spite of a rapid increase in the former’s popularity, points to the fact that crack and powdered cocaine supply and abuse has also been rising apace with other substances.

While alcohol and marijuana abuse still predominate as the state’s biggest drug problems, hot on their heels comes cocaine in all it’s forms, followed by heroin and methamphetamine and assorted concoctions. Street gangs are largely responsible for distribution in Allen County, including in Fort Wayne. Although Mexican-type heroin is the most widely available form, another worrying trend is that Asian-sourced heroin is making inroads into supply chains. Juvenile arrests rose year on year during the 1990s due to gang and drug-related activity and, although figures have stabilized, it remains an upsetting statistic as indicative of youth, drug and criminal lifestyle coalescence. Prescription drug abuse statistics indicate that Fort Wayne is on a par with per capita statistics from across America. Although equally debilitating and insidious, prescription drug abuse is almost masked in figures, due to the often alarming nature of other narcotic statistics that often make headlines due to violent crime or death.

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Recovery in Fort Wayne

Alongside the negative statistics that point to a high incidence of drug abuse and associated criminality, there are fortunately numerous rehabilitation centers, social movements and other volunteer societies actively working to treat and reeducate those caught up in addiction’s grip. When a person comes to a point of realization that the addiction they are suffering is no longer sustainable, many rehabilitation centers offer their services in Fort Wayne. Unfortunately for a high percentage, many come to this point through arrest or admission to hospital. Regardless of the route taken getting to the point where someone wants to quit, the statistics on recovery are encouragingly high. In many cases, people need to also find an alternative direction or source of income in life, post recovery. Because of the solid grounding recovery centers instil that capitalizes on the fundamental turning point a person has reached, rehabilitated former addicts typically enjoy a successful, sober life. Indeed, many of the people involved in support for the former sufferer were once addicted to a substance themselves and in Fort Wayne a strong current of knowledgeable assistance carries thousands upon a new, sober journey.

Assessment at a recovery center is the starting point for anyone willing to abandon addiction. Fort Wayne has typical alcohol abuse statistics for America as a whole and alcoholism is capably treated at the many centers in the city. There are also the well-known step programs a person can attend on a volunteer basis. Drug addiction is equally well addressed by the many rehabilitation centers dotting the city. An initial assessment at a recovery center will be a medical and psychological analysis of an individual’s current circumstances and situation with addiction. A medical examination and informal discussion enables a basic outline that is usually the first sign of relief for a patient contemplating rehabilitation. Treatment options and outcomes are then discussed in a welcoming atmosphere with center staff.

The initial assessment will outline the various options on recovery and typically include RTC (residential treatment, where a patient books into a center for an extended stay of recovery), PHP (partial hospitalization) which is very similar to complete hospitalization and, lastly, there is IOP (intensive outpatient programs). Depending on a person’s unique circumstances, the most appropriate route to recovery can be decided upon in consultation with the center’s health care professionals.  


Short for “residential treatment center”, the vast majority of Fort Wayne’s recovery facilities offer complete inpatient hospitalization to those in need. Although a dramatic shift for many from a life outside to a complete admission of the darkness of addiction, a stopping of daily life, this approach is also laden with relief, support and is primed for a rapid shift of direction because of it. Patients will enjoy a 24/7 planned, monitored daily regime of treatment. This can take the form of medical treatment, dietary and exercise regimes as well as the invaluable counselling, sharing and creative activities on offer. Extramural participation in group sessions around anger management, sexual identity and behavior as well as other relevant issues are also typically encouraged. Many sufferers find residential hospitalization to be the most welcome and effective means of leaving a life of addiction.

Recovery centers provide personal therapy, group therapy and group activities. These can manifest within 12-step or other program meetings facilitated by the center.


Others find that the scary possibility of a collapse of their daily lives is capably offset with partial hospitalization. This offers many of the same benefits and regimes of inpatient treatment, but affords the patient opportunities to maintain work or family obligations. Although partial hospitalization might see a person interned at a recovery center for days on end, this is typically interspersed with time spent outside the center, a medium-term schedule of visitations and intensive daily monitoring. All centers offer complete anonymity and exude the prevalent understanding that curing addiction is an aided process, without judgement or other offence towards the patient. Indeed, in all forms of treatment, a sufferer is accommodated in terms of their personal capabilities and needs.

Typically, at most Fort Wayne treatment centers, a partially hospitalized or outpatient program will have certain mandatory attendance and participation, while the remaining items included in the program are attended on a voluntary basis. This option thus asks of a person a greater level of commitment to wholesale recovery in some way, as there is a personal commitment needed to carry the center’s ethos and effect into those moments where they are alone and unattended. The routes to recovery are all designed to best effect. There is no one absolute truth when it comes to recovering from addiction, but rather a number of enabling programs that afford individuals a choice based on their own preferences. At the initial assessment, all of these options will be fleshed out in consultation with the center staff.


Although much of the day and often evenings too are spent at the center, with IOP the patient is essentially still autonomous and able to come and go based on their responsibilities in the outside world. It does require a greater discipline in avoiding temptation and sticking strictly to mandated regimes of counselling and other treatment sessions, but a person’s individual bent may well find this route to be ideal. For many, the obligation of self-management and control when beyond the center’s walls has a positive association and results, and they find this route to be a perfect balance of necessities.

The programs are intensive, as no casual or vague, part-time approach has ever paid good dividends in the realm of healing from addiction. The intensity of addiction is met, in an IOP, with an equally demanding and productive shift in the opposite direction. Many of Fort Wayne’s recovery centers will initially insist on a brief hospitalization prior to a patient entering a purely outpatient program, although at least as many are happy to move straight into intensive outpatient treatment, as the patient decides or prefers.

A typical IOP encompasses individual and group therapy, a few mandatory activities and many voluntary ones. IOP typically involves an average of 20 hours a week at the treatment center. This varies widely though, based on needed intervention, a patient’s daily routines and desires around the speed and nature of recovery. Flexibility is key to an effective outpatient program as individuals vary, possibilities vary and practical considerations vary, although the objective of full recovery remains paramount.


Detoxing the body is an essential component of all treatment programs – residential, partial or outpatient – and has many benefits as a starting point for recovery. Not only does detoxification allow the body to shed the chemical imbalances of addiction and restore a healthy homeostasis, it also aids in repair of the physical damage done to the body from sustained substance abuse. Additionally and critical to a patient’s recovery, detoxification becomes a regime, a routine of healthy interest in one’s body and thus, by implication, one’s well-being and overall life.

So important is this psychological aspect of manifesting a determined, regular process of bad-out-good-in, that patients in outpatient programs are still encouraged if not obliged to undergo detox at the hands of center staff. Although home-based detoxification is possible and even popular as a health pursuit for many people the world over, the directed intensity of a clinical detox is essential. A patient’s unique substance repercussions, current medical condition, objectives and other factors can all be weighed in a supervised detox, something not possible in a home-based scenario.

External Impacts and Sources

For those who unfortunately find themselves facing recovery due to criminal prosecution, Allen County has a progressive and engineered system of drug courts that deal with addiction as a social ill, able to be cured, rather than simply sending offenders to jail. That said, violent crime or other extenuating circumstances might mean that a defendant does, indeed, receive sentencing, but for the vast majority of first offenders on drug-related charges, rehabilitation imperatives are factored into the workings of these courts. With strong associations with the recovery fraternity, Fort Wayne offers a more genteel understanding of the nature of drug abuse as is on a par with federal thinking manifest in many American cities.

In a sufferer’s life, partial or complete medical collapse, accidents or mishaps due to a life of addiction and subsequent medical treatment in ER can result. In the event of a person seeking treatment for addiction, whether or not it is preceded by medical misfortune, it’s important to remember that one’s health insurance will often cover many associated costs. Recovery center staff are knowledgeable and often very helpful in figuring out whether some costs associated with recovery can be fielded by insurers. Usually, much is taken care of this way. It’s a good idea to put this on the agenda at the initial assessment so that practical matters don’t complicate recovery and a patient can enjoy the peace of mind that will facilitate rehabilitation.

Sober Living Enabled

Modern recovery centers have come a long way over the last few decades. Peripheral add-ons like escorts and drivers, extra-curricula activities and other supportive aspects of recovery are all on offer to enable a person’s transition from a life of addiction to a return to well-being. To entrench a patient’s healthy lifestyle, step program meetings, regular group therapy sessions, proactive societies and social overtures are all available to enable and affirm a sober life post recovery. 

Individual therapy is encouraged and many also find tremendous benefit in regular group sharing sessions, often years after addiction has been left behind.

Although Fort Wayne is facing an increase in heroin abuse specifically and the supply lines and availability of narcotics is entrenched and a constant battle for law enforcement, the city is dynamic in terms of its recovery centers and available support for those seeking treatment. The local drug courts are among the best in the land and the city’s approach to rehabilitation is proactive and encouraging.

When investigating available options on treatment centers, note that some are specialized insofar as they offer facilities to women only, men only, or have juvenile or senior citizen orientation. Once a treatment center has been identified as suitable for a person’s intake, the only deciding factor left is personal circumstances and preferences. All centers maintain a stringent focus on complete recovery and the route chosen should match a person’s personality, circumstances and abilities. Don’t be shy of asking questions, evaluating outcomes and generally tweaking the route to well-being as necessary within the framework of the ultimate objective – sober, healthy living.