Harbor Light class

Staff and residents at The Salvation Army Harbor Light Center in Indianapolis gather for a class that is part of the addiction recovery program.

In 2013 Indiana reported the 17th highest drug overdose mortality rate in the United States with an estimated 14.4 deaths per 100,000 individuals. Because of skyrocketing prescription drug abuse, the majority of these deaths were not the result of illegal substances. Hoosiers of all ages and socioeconomic backgrounds are losing themselves to addiction, ruining lives and tearing families apart.

When a community is in need, the first question that we ask at The Salvation Army is, “How can we help?” While the answer isn’t always easy or obvious, in the case of addiction we have a strong groundwork laid out for helping our struggling neighbors. Our founder, Rev. William Booth, created The Salvation Army in 1865 specifically to minister to those who were shunned by others: the poor, the hungry, the addicted and the homeless.

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Rev. William Booth

Booth famously proclaimed, “While women weep, as they do now, I’ll fight; while little children go hungry, as they do now, I’ll fight; while men go to prison, in and out, in and out, as they do now, I’ll fight; while there is a drunkard left, while there is a poor lost girl upon the streets, while there remains one dark soul without the light of God, I’ll fight-I’ll fight to the very end!”

The Salvation Army has a presence in every Indiana county, which means that Hoosiers fighting addiction always have a person to talk to who can help connect them with recovery resources. The Harbor Light Center is central to this service – a hub where people can commit to their recovery full-time with professional counseling and psychological, vocational and spiritual guidance. Whether a person is addicted to prescription drugs, illegal substances, alcohol or gambling, the professionals at The Salvation Army Harbor Light Center are ready to guide them along the path to recovery.

Harbor Light 2Just last year 3,775 men and women struggling to overcome addiction found the help they needed at the Harbor Light Center. From physician-supervised detoxification to outpatient services, every level of services is available to address each unique situation. The Salvation Army is committed to the long-term health and recovery of our clients. One life changed equals a family that is reunited, a career that is restarted, a faith that is renewed, or a neighbor who is once more contributing to the good of all society.

For the clients who come to us desperate for a way to escape their addictions, The Salvation Army is more than a red kettle at Christmas – it’s a beacon of hope.