VINCENNES, Ind. (WTHI) - A Southern Indiana drug rehabilitation program moves out and into the community. When we last told you about the Knox County program: Life after Meth, the group was starting a transition home for drug addicted women recently released from prison. Now, a move by the county may give the program another chance to help drug addicted Hoosiers.
You've seen the stories on TV, from the chemicals, to the crimes, and then the prison sentences. Meth is a drug with consequences that go beyond jail or prison time.
Since 2005, Peter Haskins has worked with those addicted to meth and other drugs within the Knox County jail in a program called Life after Meth.
“It’s a 24/7 drug rehabilitation program based on the 12 steps,” Haskins explained. “And that program allows those folks to get exposed to the ideas of the 12 steps, it helps them find God, it helps them find connections with their families and with the community at large."
In May, Haskins’ program expanded beyond the walls of the Knox County jail, to create a transitional home for female addicts upon their release from jail. The home helps the women secure jobs and housing before sending them into the world.
Then, this month the Knox County council unanimously voted to give Life after Meth $35,000 to further their cause.
"The council has been very gracious and very progressive in allowing us to continue on and expand our services to a men's house which we will be opening very soon,” said Haskins.
While the program may be growing and adding a new element to the process the focus remains the same.
“We’re not trying to make some kind of cookie cutter ministry here. We're trying to take each individual person and if it moves forward and it grows, fine. But right now we are taking each person as it comes,” Haskins explained.
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