Evansville’s Boyett Treatment Center is moving to a bigger location in hopes of expanding their reach.
President of the Boyett Treatment Center, Nate Boyett, says that meth use has not slowed down, but it doesn't get as much focus as opioids do.
“I've been in recovery for over a dozen years now. Methamphetamine was my drug of choice, but I've tried it all. I've done opiate, alcohol, everything. When someone who's been through it can really relate and empathize with somebody that is going through it, you're able to build that trust much easier than if it's somebody that has never gone through this before,” Boyett explained.
“It's where I got treatment, and I went through and all the people that showed me how to do it had done the same thing or were in the same spot the year before me. So you know they were people who went through the program and had the opportunity to go on staff and teach the people who were going through the program. So and that's what I kind of did too,” said Boyett.
After going finishing the program, Boyett joined the staff and worked there for about five months helping others like himself.
“It was the most rewarding thing I ever did,” he said.
Boyett says the most important thing is prevention and education, especially with kids and underprivileged youth.
He says it can happen to anyone, and addiction doesn’t discriminate.
“Everybody is at risk. Addiction knows no boundaries. It doesn't care how rich or poor you are. It doesn't care if you're black or white. It does not care. If it gets a chance it'll grab ahold of you, and to me everybody is at risk. It just takes the wrong decision and the wrong situation,” he said.
“Once somebody really decides to make the decision to use the tools that are put in front of them. I call it watching a miracle happen. I get to sit here and watch a miracle happen everyday. I get to watch people's lives get turned around. I get to watch people. They walk in here, and they're just at their wits end, rock bottom. And then I get to see them a few months later, and I get to see that glow that's in their face and in their eyes."
A glow of freedom from substance abuse.