South Bend, Indiana: As the city celebrates its 150 year anniversary a look back at its history will tell you what the city has gone through, what it has learned and what it plans to do in the coming years. Early History: South Bend was originally inhabited by the Potawatomi Indians in the 1600s, at which time they called the area “Zen Bi Nak” or Ribbon Town. In 1679 the first European traveler, Robert de La Salle, came to South Bend and made contact with the Potawatomi and other natives living along the river. Soon after this Jesuit priests arrived with the intention of converting the Potawatomi to Catholicism. In 1820 Pierre Navarre was the first Euro American to settle in South Bend, establishing a trading post to trade with the Potawatomi. He would go on to marry and sire seven children with a Potawatomi woman. Incorporation: The city was first incorporated on May 22, 1865 and on June 5, 1865 they elected the first Mayor, William G. George, who helped pass the first city ordinance on June 12, 1865 to define the city limits. Peak Industry: From 1915 to 1964 South Bend went through its peak industrial period. This was a booming and affluent time for the city. In 1920 the census showed a population of 70,983 which was considerably high for that time in history. Also in 1922 a trained sociologist and pastor released a famous social study on the life of the African American experience in South Bend, which would go on to help greatly in the fight for social equality among all races. Rediscovery: In 1965 the first Urban Renewal project began leading to the demolition of 50% of the buildings in downtown South Bend and in 1977 the first convention center, Century Center, was built. A New Era: Today, as South Bend celebrates its 150th year, the city is working to improve its telecommunications framework to attract more high tech companies to the area and is hoping to have a resurgence in their economical place in the United States. Drug Abuse Issues – South Bend Indiana The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) did a study on drugged driving in Indiana and found that one in eight weekend and nighttime drivers tested positive for illicit drugs. According to data from the Fatal Accident Reporting System (FARS), one in three motor vehicle fatalities that had drug tests done tested positive for drugs. Indiana, as well as the city of South Bend, recognize this growing problem and are working to combat it however they can. One method of combating this is through the adoption of the “Per Se Standard” law which Indiana and 16 other states have taken on that allows police to enforce and prosecute drugged driving easier. Despite its medicinal or legal uses, marijuana (which is also the number one abused drug in South Bend) is extremely dangerous for people who are behind the wheel. The mind altering effects caused by marijuana are caused by the THC, the active ingredient, and over the last forty years the percent of THC in marijuana has gone from an average of 1% to as high over 9% with some “special brands” boasting a THC content of as high as 25%. This dangerous level of mind altering chemicals causes people to be almost completely incapable of operating any sort of machinery, let alone something with the potential for so much harm as a vehicle. While marijuana can make a driver into a deadly weapon, other more potent drugs can increase the risks exponentially. Cocaine, heroin and other opiates/opioids are the next most leading drugs in South Bend and carry with them some of the largest risks when operating a vehicle. People who drive while under the influence of drugs like heroin have such a high risk of causing an accident that will likely kill them and others that police are putting in extra effort to isolate and take put an end to the sale and abuse of these drugs. Indiana’s Laws on Court Ordered Drug Treatment After facing a DUI or DWI charge, treatment may be a mandatory requirement for you. Although all the treatment centers in South Bend are able to deal with drug and alcohol addiction, currently no treatment centers offer specialty groups or programs for those who have been charged with a DUI or DWI. The city of Indiana does have treatment centers with this option however and the city of Evansville has a large number of programs specifically designed to help those who have gotten a DUI or DWI. Many other cities in Indiana have specialty programs for this as well. A court order to undergo drug or alcohol rehabilitation does not require you to visit a center that has these specialty programs though and almost all treatment centers are accepted by the courts. These programs are for those who feel that the DUI or DWI has specifically affected them in addition to the harm caused by their addiction to drugs or alcohol. Recovery Programs in South Bend South Bend Indiana has a number of drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs located in or outside of the city. Some of these include local counseling centers, treatment for veterans and military personnel and family counseling centers. While some offer residential options, others are strictly outpatient programs. Choices Recovery in South Bend Indiana is a new facility that opened it’s doors in order to provide ‘choices’ to those seeking addiction treatment. With many different modalities Choices rehab in South Bend offers programs like SMART Recovery, Music Exploration, Responsibility and many more. 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