Neil Folks can count at least eight reasons why residents should get involved with helping people overcome methamphetamine addictions. That's the number of people Folks currently offers help to steer clear of the drug.
"We've got to do something," said Folks, a self-described spiritual men--tor who offers counseling to some addicts at the Moffat County Jail. "We can't just sit here and hope that (methamphetamine) goes away somehow."
Members of Com--mu-
--nities Over--coming Methamphetamine Addictions or COMA have a regular meeting at 5:30 tonight at the Moffat County School Administration building. Guest speakers Dr. Carolyn Gochee and Doug Seward, a licensed acutheraperist, are expected to offer a presentation on treatment options for meth users. Ongoing discussion at the meetings has been the prospect of starting a drug court, initiating in-patient rehabilitation options and updating the group's Web site.
"I think this is going to take several steps," Folks said about curbing the amount of people addicted to the drug. "I don't think there's one pair of pants that will fit everyone."
Treatment options expected to be presented by Gochee and Seward include helping with the physiological cravings of meth. That can be done by manipulating each organ and stimulating points on the ear with electricity, Seward said.
"It's a whole system approach to helping the body reset itself," he said. "We're resetting the body's use of its own chemicals."
Seward said he used the treatment on a number of drug- and alcohol-addicted patients. It involves a mostly painless treatment of transmitting a low amount of electrical current to different points on the ear.
The treatment works well with the help of follow-up support plans.
"I'm really excited about it," Seward said. "I wouldn't be doing it if it didn't work."
Folks thinks meth users can be helped with their addictions using a three-pronged approach of calling on theology, spirituality and science. Offering former meth users a "safe haven" also would help some of the people Folks advises, he said. That may mean a safe house or other place where addicts wouldn't be able to find drugs.
He talked of a conversation with a meth user recently who didn't want to be released from jail because she knew the temptation to reuse the drug would be too strong. Soon after being released, the woman starting using again, he said.
"She said, 'I'm so vulnerable, I'm so raw,'" Folks relayed. "They'll find me so quick."