Surviving drug addiction with one last chance

Heroin, ecstasy, methamphetamine, marijuana, cocaine, crack, alcohol, painkillers — Tim Baginski has done them all. But like so many others, his drug use started with a legal prescription. He was given Percocet as a little kid after a dog attack left him with 496 staples in his head. What You Need To Know As a … Read more

One man’s journey from alcohol addiction to recovery

Peter Delbert lives in Camelot, but it’s not a fairytale. It’s a 45-bed in-patient substance use disorder rehabilitation center on Staten Island. He’s addicted to alcohol and has been in recovery twice — this time for 10 months. His drink of choice is vodka. “It became my new best friend. It became my family. It … Read more

UW-Madison addresses underage drinking as school year begins

MADISON, Wis. — With the Fall semester just days away, college students have returned to the Madison area. And on Sept. 2, 137 of them were cited for underage drinking. Freshman enrollment at UW-Madison is up 16% compared to last fall. A record 8,465 freshman students will begin studying in just a few days; many … Read more

Addiction Services Council marks Overdose Awareness Day

CINCINNATI — hundreds of crosses dot the garden outside Cincinnati’s Addiction Services Council, casting long, haunting shadows onto the grass. Those who work for the council said about 350 names came from the Hamilton County quick response team and another 200 were reported by friends and family. Each represents a life lost to drug overdose. … Read more

Addressing homelessness with Housing First approach

MADISON, Wis. — On any given day throughout the US, thousands of people struggle with homelessness or home insecurity and throughout many states, this issue is addressed through a Housing First method. The United States Interagency on Homelessness reported that, as of January 2020, there were 4,515 people struggling with homelessness on any given day. … Read more

Going above and beyond at treatment center

UNION COUNTY. NC — Battling addiction is no easy task, but one woman who works at a treatment center is proving a little extra care can go a long way. What You Need To Know Michele Lodge is the women’s program director at Bridge to Recovery, an addiction treatment center in Union County She goes … Read more

How a former Ky. teacher aims to help others in recovery

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — For 13 years, teaching was a passion for Jessica Dueñas. She had worked in Jefferson and Oldham County school districts and in 2019, she was named the Kentucky State Teacher of the Year. “Obviously, the biggest honor I’ve ever had and because of that, it’s allowed me to impact so many people,” … Read more

How a former Ky. teacher aims to help others in recovery

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — For 13 years, teaching was a passion for Jessica Dueñas. She had worked in Jefferson and Oldham County school districts and in 2019, she was named the Kentucky State Teacher of the Year. “Obviously, the biggest honor I’ve ever had and because of that, it’s allowed me to impact so many people,” … Read more

An FDA proposal could make cigarettes less addictive

Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death and disease in the US While gains have been made to curb smoking rates nationwide, federal health officials are taking direct aim at cigarettes, with the goal of pushing allowable nicotine levels down to a non-addictive level. Will it make a difference? National Health Reporter Erin Billups … Read more

Man helping others accomplish sobriety after his recovery

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Every day is a good day to help someone on their road to recovery. “It changes clients’ lives,” said Chris Maguire. What You Need To Know Ladies of Promise is an addiction treatment center in Louisville’s West End It provides addiction education, counseling and transitional living Chris Maguire is one of hundreds … Read more