The Life after Meth Program began on May 1, 2005, when a group of concerned citizens, ministers, social workers and recovering addicts met at Salem United Church of Christ in a small town of Westphalia in Knox County in southwestern Indiana. This meeting was convened to address the growing crisis of methamphetamine use in the community. Clearly a new community of recovering addicts needed to be formed so that those who were serious about recovery could find a community of support.
We received our 501 (c) (3) status in October of 2005. By the summer of 2007 the Sheriff of Knox County invited the L.A.M. (Life after Meth) organization into the jail. On November 1, 2007 LAM began a Community Model Program to those incarcerated addicts who truly wanted help to change. It quickly became a program that dealt with all drugs, including alcohol. This program is faith based and peer-facilitated in nature, with a major focus on the 12 Step Program as the Evidence-Based Program utilized as a foundation of its overall programming.
We work closely with several agencies in our Knox County community, including the Knox County Sheriff’s Dept., KCARC, Dove Employment Services, Knox County Council, Knox County Community Foundation, the United Way as well as a quarter of the local churches in Knox County.
In May of 2013 we opened a recovery house for women with 6 beds, and in October 2013 a recovery house for men which will comfortable hold 10 men. In 2018 we built a small apartment onto the women’s house which will hold one woman and two children.
We have a support group that meets on Monday night at 5:30 in the Community Corrections building and a meeting on Wednesday night at 5:30 that meets at First Baptist Church in Vincennes, IN.
Our mission statement is: “To help incarcerated addicts recover and re-enter the community.