addiction

FRIENDS OF SINNERS

A faith-based addiction recovery program in Owensboro broke ground on a new residence for women this week. 

The new facility being built by the group “Friends of Sinners” is in response to a growing demand in the region.

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The opioid epidemic is on the agenda for political campaigns from the presidential race down to the local level in the Ohio Valley region. Election Day could shape the response to the crisis in states with some of the nation’s highest rates of addiction and overdoses.

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Beginning this week doctors fighting the region’s opioid addiction crisis will have a little more to work with. The federal government will allow doctors to treat more patients with a drug called buprenorphine. That medication has solid support from science, but remains controversial in some circles. Aaron Payne of Ohio Valley ReSource visited three addiction treatment centers with three very different approaches, and found that there’s no silver bullet when it comes to addiction. 

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A judge has unsealed records from a Kentucky lawsuit against the maker of the prescription painkiller OxyContin, including the secret testimony of a former company president. 

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Kentucky schools could provide another tool in the state’s fight against heroin. 

The pharmaceutical company AdaptPharma is donating the antidote Narcan, also known as Naloxone, to Kentucky schools. 

When Jack O'Connor was 19, he was so desperate to beat his addictions to alcohol and opioids that he took a really rash step. He joined the Marines.

"This will fix me," O'Connor thought as he went to boot camp. "It better fix me or I'm screwed."

After 13 weeks of sobriety and exercise and discipline, O'Connor completed basic training, but he started using again immediately.

"Same thing," he says. "Percocet, like, off the street. Pills."

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Overcoming a psychological addiction like alcohol and drug use can be an incredibly difficult process and just as there is a stigma attached to those suffering from illness, there is also a self-stigma and shame from the individuals suffering, says Dr. Michael Bordieri, Murray State Psychology faculty member. He speaks with Kate Lochte on Sounds Good about the self-stigma and how basic mindfulness workshops can prevent relapse in those trying to overcome an addiction.

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An eastern Kentucky nurse is suing the state for not allowing her to take addiction medicine like Suboxone or Vivitrol while she’s out of jail on bond.

The terms set by Floyd County District Court, where Stephanie Watson’s court case is still pending, prevent her from using medically-assisted drug treatment.

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Baptist Health Paducah presents its 8th Annual Addiction & Compulsive Behaviors Symposium for healthcare professionals on Saturday, October 18th. Topics include marijuana use, sex addiction, alcoholism and youth drug addiction. On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte learns more about it from Dr. Patrick Withrow, director of outreach, and Maria Hill, director of education.

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Retired cardiologist and current director of outreach for Baptist Health Paducah, Dr. Patrick Withrow joins Kate Lochte on Sounds Good with information about the 7th Annual Addiction and Compulsive Behavior Symposium on Saturday, October 26, at the hospital, including the manager of Kentucky's KASPER drug reporting system. The target audience will be professionals who deal with these problems. See more at Baptist Health Paducah's website.

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