Support groups forming in Indiana counties to fight addictions in response to heroin use

FRANKFORT & GREENFIELD, Ind. – Families across Indiana are leaning on each other for support to fight the addiction of their loved ones. Heroin is simply taking over our state, leaving many affected families feeling alone and isolated.

Now, support groups are popping up in many central Indiana communities.

“It’s unbelievable, and it’s scary. I have a student, a high school student, who is a year off of heroin,” said Linda Ostewig.

It is proof that heroin is taking hold of the youngest lives. Linda Ostewig runs The Landing in Greenfield, a teen recovery program.

“Who’s going to step up and say enough is enough? And we decided to do that,” she said.

Her group “Healing Hearts” has been up and running for about a year, and it’s grown. It is designed for loved ones of those using, in recovery, or even relatives who lost someone to addiction.

She said it’s a place for people to find comfort for an often hidden problem.

“We have that in our own community and our own backyard,” she said, “And if people don’t start stepping out of hiding and being a voice, then it stays hidden.”

Last month, police in Hope, Indiana released a picture of a 25-year-old mother found unresponsive in her car, with her 10-month old child in the backseat. The woman and young mother was revived with naloxone, but the image struck a chord in Indiana and nationwide.

“They are our loved ones,” said Kim Newhart, of Frankfort.

Newhart’s 28-year-old son Kenny overdosed in her home back in February. Naloxone saved his life, and she said within the past few weeks, he’s indicated that he wants to get clean.

In April, Newhart started a recovery group for parents and loved ones like herself in Clinton County, believing the only way out of addiction is keeping it in the headlines.

“There should be no more shame. No more silence. No more stigma or else this epidemic is going to go on for generations,” she said.

Newhart said her group meets on Wednesday nights at 7 p.m. at St. Vincent Hospital in Frankfort.

Healing Hearts meets on the second Monday of the month at The Landing in downtown Greenfield at 7 p.m.

The Landing is also opening a halfway house for women in Greenfield. Work will start on that home on East Main Street next week.