INDIANAPOLIS — If your family is caught in the opioid crisis, you’re not alone.
“When you first get thrown into the fire of addiction you really do feel like you’re alone,” Janie Kovatch, mother of recovering addict Sean Kovatch said in an interview with RTV6’s Ericka Flye.
“It’s like where do I go? Where do I turn?” she said, echoing the questions of many whose family memebrs are recovering addicts.
Janie and Mike Kovatch call addiction a family disease. It all started for their son after a work injury. Sean Kovatch was prescribed opiate-based narcotics for a long period of time.
“I didn’t think I had any fight left in me. And I was resolved to dying a young man,” Sean said.
His father moved in with him, determined to not let that happen.
Now, there’s a new resource to help Hoosier families like the Kovatches: The Addiction Policy Forum.
The Addiction Policy Forum, run by families impacted by addiction, just launched its Indiana chapter. It strives for legislative change, to reduce the stigma of addiction, and family support.
“Families are such a key role in treatment and recovery, and we often don’t include them at all,” said Justine Phillips, co-chair of the Indiana chapter. “We put the individual in treatment and then we send them home, and we never treat the family.”
Phillips formed the Overdose Lifeline in 2015, after the death of her son to a heroin overdose. She’s now a partner with the National Addiction Policy Forum as co-chair of the new Indiana chapter.
She will help expand the Forum’s prevention, treatment, and recovery programs that provide support and resources that families often lack.
Through support, Sean Kovatch found a way out. He encourages people who don’t know how to love themselves to let someone else do it until they know how.
“I mean really, that’s what saved my life,” Sean said.
For more information on the Addiction Policy Forum and their new Indiana chapter, visit their website.