Shining a Light on the Drug Epidemic in Rural Communities

The Midwest has been hit hard by drugs and drug related crimes. In southern Indiana lies Scott County, a county completely devastated by drugs. It’s a small county, but the effects are widespread and crushing. Per Wickstrom has witnessed the toll of drug abuse first hand, and he understands how devastating the collateral damage can be.

Scott County, like hundreds and thousands of counties throughout the Midwest, is a small, poor county in a rural part of the country. They lack access to resources, medical services, and substance abuse and mental health treatment services. However, illicit substances and crime are plentiful and easily accessible. Drugs fuel daily living in Scott County, Indiana.

Substance abuse and addiction are not the only negative consequences of drugs. With drug use comes the spread of disease, sexually transmitted infections, unemployment, and crime. Scott County, Indiana has a population of about 4,000 people and is about 80 miles south of Indianapolis. In just over a year, Scott County’s cases of HIV grew from under 30 to over 190. Drug abuse and HIV are epidemics in Scott County, Indiana. So much so that Indiana’s Governor, Mike Pence, authorized an emergency needle exchange program to be put in place for Scott County Residents. Something had to be one to get the spread of disease under control. Mike Pence, like Per Wickstrom, did what he had to do to address unmet needs facing the people under his authority.

Drugs hit rural communities the hardest because they are cut off from help and effective law enforcement. Drug-related crimes are never prosecuted because they are so rampant and getting it under control Is nearly impossible. But, only nearly. With the help of community leaders like Per Wickstrom, law enforcement is better able to tackle these problems head on, get drugs off the street, and get people the help they so desperately need.

The Importance of Teaching Children with Respect

“Respect your elders. Respect authority figures.” As children, we hear these phrases a lot. What we often don’t hear is that respect is a two-way street. If you give respect, you get respect in return. We expect undying respect and obedience out of our children, yet how many parents, teachers, and family members afford children the respect they deserve. Per Wickstrom understands the importance of teaching children with respect. Do you? Read on to learn why respecting children is just as important and children respecting their elders.

Teaching Without Respect

When you teach children without affording them the respect they deserve, you’re doing them and yourself a huge disservice. Even adults can learn something from children just as much as children learn from adults. Being disrespectful towards children is telling them that their self-worth is unimportant and that they don’t deserve to be treated fairly. Per Wickstrom treats his children with the respect they deserve.

Importance of Teaching Children with Respect

While much less experienced than most adults, children still have valuable and respectable opinions that should not be immediately dismissed by disrespectful adults. Actually listening to what a child has to say lets them know that they are worthy and valuable, just like everyone else. Dismissing children teaches them they have nothing of value to say, consequently teaching them that they themselves aren’t valuable. Per Wickstrom listens to everything others have to say, whether it’s coming from the mouths of children, executives, friends, or employees.

If you respect your children, they will grow to respect you back. An authoritative household is not a loving, respectful household. Children grow up fearing their parents, rather than respecting them, respect is demanded instead of earned. Per Wickstrom loves his children and he only wants the best for them, which is why he strives to earn their respect rather than simply demand it.

Ultimately, teaching children with respect will nurture them to be better people overall. They will grow up understanding their self-worth and others. Mutual respect is required between adults and children. Otherwise, problems arise and children grow up learning to misbehave and hide from their parents to avoid their wrath. Children who respect their parents won’t feel the need to hide anything. Per Wickstrom believes in mutual respect between himself and anyone who comes into his life, including his family and children.

How to Motivate Those Around Us

Anyone who knows Per Wickstrom will tell you he’s a motivational type of guy. He’s passionate about everything he does, which makes him a hugely successful businessman and entrepreneur. Per Wickstrom motivates his employees to reach their potential in productivity and success, just like he motivates his friends and family to be the best they can be in life.

Read on to learn how to motivate others

  1. Passion

You must be passionate about whatever it is you’re talking about or doing if you hope to incite someone else to act. Light a fire under someone and then they’ll be motivated to do whatever it is you’re trying to get them to do.

  1. Motivate for good, not bad

With the power to influence and motivate others comes the power to influence people to make decisions that are either harmful or helpful, right or wrong, bad or good. Per Wickstrom realizes how powerful a tool motivation can be, which is why he uses it responsibly, transparently, and authentically.

  1. Care

If you don’t care about the people you’re attempting to motivate, they will see right through you and realize that you’re motivating for selfish purposes instead of collective ones. Per Wickstrom cares enough about his employees to motivate them to reach peak productivity. This is a mutually beneficial outcome of his motivation. Both he and his employees benefit, rather than just him benefiting. When productivity increases, so do profits and salaries and wages.

  1. Encourage

Use positive-reinforcement to motivate and encourage others to act. Stay away from negative-reinforcements, threats, or negative consequences as motivational tools. This is counterproductive and harms your relationship with the people you’re attempting to motivate. Per Wickstrom uses positive reinforcement to motivate his employees.

Per Wickstrom is an entrepreneur and Chief Executive Officer in the holistic health industry.