Addiction is a pervasive problem throughout Indiana and the nation. Lawmakers are working to combat this serious disease and offer support to those who are suffering.

To assist Hoosiers in their fight to overcome addiction, legislation would help more people be admitted into inpatient treatment facilities. Under current law, those seeking treatment for addiction must be sober or in withdrawal, which may prevent some from getting help.

Oftentimes, a user may turn to drugs and alcohol to cope with asking for help or seeking treatment. This legislation would allow those ready to receive professional help to be admitted to treatment facilities – regardless of their sobriety – to better ensure they have an opportunity to overcome addiction.

Another bill would establish the Comprehensive Addiction Recovery Center Grant Program. These grants could help recovery centers with community outreach, treatment and recovery efforts, and facility maintenance. Funds from this program would be administered by the Division of Mental Health and Addiction, and grants would be evenly distributed across the state.

If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, call 2-1-1 or click here to connect with local resources.

To track these bills and others, watch committee meetings and view session live, visit the Indiana General Assembly’s website here.