Friday, August 23, 2013


The German philospher Arthur Schopenhauer wrote, "All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident."

And it looks to your girl Miss Fortune that the craven knuckleheads running Tranquility Detox are still stuck in the first stage. Using stigmatizing language--addict--in the "Get Help Today!" form (above), makes no distinction between the person and the disease. Instead of using terms like "family member" or "loved one", Tranquility Detox appears to deny the dignity and humanity of the individuals they purport to care for.

Now, Indiana, Tranquility Detox is gunning for you!

As we reported exclusively on August 8, the State of Indiana's Division of Mental Health and Addiction (DMHA) confirmed that documentation for Per Wickstrom's newest facility, located in South Bend and operating under the name "Tranquility Detox", had been submitted for review.  

A state spokeswoman confirmed to Miss Fortune that certification has been requested not simply for detox, but to operate Tranquility Detox as a full-fledged addiction services provider, including subacute and transitional residential services at 3606 E. Jefferson Boulevard in South Bend, Indiana.   

Indiana requires that detoxification services be provided under the supervision of either a physician or a clinical nurse specialist licensed to practice in Indiana.  The DMHA does not make the distinctions implied by the terms "detox" vs. "medical detox", according to the state spokesperson.

However, although Tranquility Detox initially appeared to be a free-standing detox-only facility, it's likely that Per Wickstrom is using South Bend as the beachhead for his expansion into Indiana--and beyond.

Let's make some noise, people! Send your public comments to DMHA.feedback@fssa.in.gov

For more information about the certification process, including the complete administrative code, please use this link:
Indiana Division of Mental Health and Addiction (DMHA)

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