Our main purpose is to educate our families about the hazards of heroin and other drug abuse, so we guide our loved ones to take a path, which is free of devastation, incarceration and death; to help those who may be struggling with addiction, to lift them to a place of recovery and peace.
We will accomplish this by working together with our city leaders, the media, social networking sites, and utilizing all available resources.
We can be a role model for others in our country to follow, as we stand united, as a community, to say…
Not One More overdose.
Not One More lost spirit.
Not One More grieving heart.
The Goals of Not One More
- PROVIDE support to the members of our community that are struggling with addiction;
- EDUCATE the community about drugs and the addictions;
- INSPIRE our young people to stay drug-free and be a role model to the people around them;
- SHAKE loose that stigma that may keep families from reaching out for help when this dark shadow hangs over them, to know that they are not alone and have the support of other families and the community.
- PLACE a loving, compassionate arm around our affected individuals and the people that love them, and help raise them out of the dark and into a place of light, recovery and peace;
- HELP fill the gap between what our state, city and schools provide for services and what our community needs;
- WORK in conjunction with other area official and other community-based organizations aimed at preventing, increasing treatment options, and educating our community about the dangers of drugs in our area.
Our plans to achieve these goals include, but are not limited to, the following:
- PROVIDE education about the drugs that are in our community, how they are used and how they affect our loved ones.
- ESTABLISH a 24/7 web-based resource center with information about drugs, recovery and where they can turn in a time of crisis.
- BRIDGE the gap between the cost of rehab and insurance coverage through scholarships and gifts.
- HELP families navigate the insurance, rehab and services maze that currently exists.
- PROVIDE an active grief outreach program. There is strength and comfort in numbers.
- SHARE information on low or no cost intervention services.
- PUSH to get age appropriate drug education back into our schools at all levels.
- ACTIVE involvement and participation in the area’s Task Force on Heroin Prevention.
Steve and Jeannine Ashcraft wanted to help with the growing problem of heroin and opiate use disorder in the area. Heroin use especially, had spread quickly through the Southeastern Indiana region and Jeannine saw the impact in her daughter’s high school. Steve learned of an organization in California through a friend who was struggling to help his own two sons battle the disorder of substance use. That organization was Not One More began in the Simi Valley, the labor of Susan Klimusko and Melissa Siebers, each lost one of their most precious gifts . . . their children, Austin and Lindsay respectively, to a heroin overdose and a heroin-related accident
In October 2013, a candlelight vigil was held in downtown Lawrenceburg, Indiana. Nearly 300 people attended, many unsure of the exact purpose, and finding people supporting men and women that were in recovery. Alec Schiering spoke to the crowd from his heart. He spoke honestly and opening about his own recovery from drug use and about the pain of losing friends to heroin. The evening was to increase awareness and grieve our losses and to form alliances to bring change to the community.
Our City Came Together
Angie Bauer was in that crowd, mourning the loss of her son Eric DeRosa. He had died one week earlier of a heroin overdose at the age of 29. Both Eric and Alec had worked for recovery together and shared dreams of bringing change and hope to those seeking freedom from drugs. Holding a candle and not knowing what else to do, Angie sought out Alec, to find a way to continue Eric’s goals. Alec’s words reached Steve and Jeannine who were also present that evening. They recognized his leadership and passion, and saw in him, the person their Not One More chapter needed.
The chapter has grown and spreads across the tristate area of Indiana, Ohio, and Kentucky. The memory of Eric, and far too many other victims binds us as a community, strengthens commitment, and reminds us that Not One More person should suffer the loss of life, or that of friend or family.
Nearly everyone knows someone who has been affected by heroin and opiate addiction. We exist to decrease those odds, and bring hope and understanding to those in need.