LAFAYETTE — Pick a county at random in Indiana, even in the United States, and chances are it is facing a severe shortage of addiction treatment specialists and facilities. And Tippecanoe County is no exception.
“Like most communities in Indiana and across the country there is now a high demand for addiction services, especially with the opioid epidemic,” Dr. Jeremy Adler, Tippecanoe County health officer, said. “Like many communities, we definitely have a shortage of addiction treatment services in our county.”
Right now, Tippecanoe County has one inpatient drug treatment facility, Sycamore Springs, three outpatient treatment centers and several addiction counseling services.
Outpatient refers to intensive recovery treatment programs that take place while the patient remains at home and is perhaps continuing to work or go to school. Inpatient is an acute stabilization treatment regime were a patient remains at a facility to detox and receive counseling and medical treatment.
Where the county faces an acute shortage is in inpatient services.