Addiction

Battling Drug Addiction: What Comes After Detox?

Sep 10, 2018
Director John Steve washes dishes in an industrial kitchen sink.
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Like many states, Illinois is battling an opioid epidemic. Loran Owens, who lives in Franklin county in Southern Illinois, knows what the epidemic is like first-hand.

 

 

"My brother, [when] I was in jail, my brother got arrested and he was in there about four months," Owens said. "And he shot up heroin, more or less. It was OxyContin and stuff ... and while he was in there, he was trying to get help. He was wanting to go to rehab when he left there."

Overdose Training at State Fair

Aug 20, 2018
Box of Narcan medication
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This year, the Illinois state fair has everything from fried food to overdose training. 

Health Department officials set up at the fair to teach people about naloxone. The drug can be used to treat opioid overdoses, whether they are from illegal drugs like heroin or an overdose of prescription medication. 

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Allison Hasler of the Illinois Department of Public Health, along with Gateway's Michelle Bertinetti, about the upcoming screening of The Anonymous People.

September is National Recovery Month. You can get more information at recoverymonth.gov.

What's more harmful to patients being treated for drug or alcohol use: Risking their health by keeping other medical providers in the dark about the care, or risking the patients' jobs, homes and child custody arrangements by allowing potentially damaging details to be shared widely among providers?

The National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism says some 28% of adults in the United States drink enough to put them at risk of dependency or other alcohol related abuses.  A new book takes an alternative approach to recovery from alcohol addiction that is different from the traditional 12-step process.   The authors are Jack Canfield who created the Chicken Soup for the Soul series and recovery expert Dave Andrews.    WSIU's Jeff Williams recently talked with Andrews for this edition of In The Author's Voice.

With medical marijuana now legally available in Illinois, the state's pilot program is hitting full stride.  In fact, according to national statistics, 23 states and the District of Columbia have some form of legal marijuana usage.