How Terry made himself whole again.

Read Terry’s story below to see how IFS helps people through every step of the process and is designed to meet people where they are.

Scene 1. Meet Terry

Working for a construction company on the new bank building in town, a fork truck pinned Terry against a stack of steel beams.

Since the accident, his 6 week hospitalization and the pain medicine Terry was given during his treatment, Terry has struggled to remove opioids from his daily life. Over the last several years, His growing battle with opioid addiction has cost him a marriage, friendships and, recently, his job. The loss only further strengthens a dangerous cycle of self-destruction, shame and isolation that is fueling Terry’s addiction.
Work Accident
Pinned by a rogue fork truck, Terry suffers a catastrophic work injury and begins using opioids to manage pain. Working for a construction company on the new bank building in town, a fork truck pinned Terry against a stack of steel beams.
Using Opioids Daily
After recovering from physical injuries, Terry has begun to rely on opioids to manage his emotional pain and regulate himself.
Terry Loses His Job
The fog of his opioid use is taking a toll. In just a matter of weeks Terry damages his relationship with family and loses his job.
Terry’s Overdose and Arrest

Hitting rock bottom, Terry begins relying more on substances to regulate his emotion. Going too far, Terry overdoses in his truck where he is discovered by Officer Portnoy. 

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Jul, 2020
August 12, 2020
September 18, 2020
September 22, 2020
Scene 2. Initial Detention

After Terry is cleared from the hospital, Officer Portnoy accompanies him to the county jail for processing.

Upon arrival at the jail, Terry is booked in and shares what he can of his history with the jail staff. The local peer support professional from the IRACS team takes some time to connect with the officer and learn more about Terry’s circumstances around his arrest and reviews the paperwork brought over from the hospital. Once Terry has been given some time to rest and get a sober, clear head, the peer support meets with Terry and the nursing staff to discuss Terry’s detox from substances and let Terry know what he can expect over the course of the next few days in his process. 

Processing at County Jail
Cleared from the hospital, Terry is taken to the jail where he’ll face a multiple charges including unlawful possession and public intoxication.
Meet Peer Support
At the jail, Terry is introduced to an IRACS peer support specialist, Wes. Wes has stood in Terry’s shoes and immediately makes a connection.
Begin Detox & Recovery

Oriented by his IRACS specialist, Wes, Terry begins to roadmap his recovery journey and gets his first glimmer of hope.

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September 24, 2020
September 25, 2020
October 2, 2020
Scene 3. Jail Programming

Terry’s case is put on the court docket and a pre-trial officer meets with Terry to perform an IRACS assessment and other pre-trial investigation procedures.

Terry is held at the County Jail until his first court appearance, just 36 hours later. After his plea, the judge orders Terry to remain in custody pending pretrial investigation and orders Terry to return to court for his dispositional hearing date.

The local IRACS peer attends Terry’s dispositional hearing and has submitted to the court the resources and recovery plan Terry and his coach has created for Terry. He is ordered to comply with all regulations, stipulations and guidelines given by his supervision guidelines. 

1-on-1 Support
The IRACS team meets regularly with Terry over his initial few days, doing intake surveys and processing.
Pre-Trial Support
IRACS team partners with pre-trial officers and the judicial team to give context and develop a plan.
1st Court Appearance
Judge orders Terry to remain in custody. IRACS reentry peers, court team and Terry work to define a recovery plan that Terry feels good about.
Dispositional Hearing

With the support of his IRACS team, Terry is sentenced to time served with 2 years of supervised monitoring. His recovery plan is adopted at a local recovery residence facility.

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October 5, 2020
November 3, 2020
January 12, 2021
February 18th, 2021
Scene 4. Reentry

The IRACS peers continue to work with Terry on his recovery plan, connecting to resources necessary to plan as Terry's release date grows closer.

The IRACS team prepares to transport Terry to treatment upon release and ensure Terry has all the necessary items he will need to navigate treatment. Terry is spending much of his time in recovery programming, reading, and preparing himself for a new life outside these walls. 

After release, Terry follows his reentry plan to a T and it ensures he has a smooth transition not just back to his life, but to a better, healthier life. 

Pre-Release from Jail
IRACS peers continue to work closely with Terry to solidify his recovery plan, connecting him to real resources and groups on the outside.
Release from Jail
Terry’s release goes smoothly both his IRACS and RRH peer coaches meet him at the Recovery Residence to help him get settled.
Continued Treatment
For the next 30 days, his IRACS peer coach maintains close contact, reporting progress to the courts and recovery partners involved.
Warm Handoff to RRH

With the transition complete, and Terry in a healthy spot, IRACS discharges Terry ensuring he’s in great hands.

Epilogue →

February 19, 2021
February 22, 2021
February 23, 2021
March 22, 2021

Terry’s Sober Life

Terry is 2 years sober now, having found a new passion for his craft (he’s a finish drywaller) and his family (he’s won joint custody of his 2 daughters). The cracks and chasms that claim so many lives have been paved and smoothed over to ensure Terry had a seamless pathway to recovery and it made all the difference. 

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