Addicted

Examining Roots Of Addiction, Exploring Treatment Options

The lives of a generation are at stake as experts explore appropriate treatment for addiction and examine roots of the current drug epidemic. Dr. Clay Marsh, vice president and executive dean of West Virginia University Health Sciences, sees addiction, drug abuse and overdose as a problem of ...

Counselor: Addiction Treatment Does Work

During the past 20 years working as a counselor, Lee Alban knows one thing — “treatment does work.” “For individuals there certainly is hope when they get treatment. Treatment does work and it can be aided with medicine assisted treatment,” said Alban, a Crossroads Counseling ...

U.S. Attorney Seeks Prison Time For Dealers Whose Drugs Kill

While there is a nationwide move toward sentencing nonviolent, first-time drug offenders to drug court and rehabilitation programs, U.S. Attorney William Ihlenfeld indicates his office will continue to seek prison time for those found guilty of selling large quantities of drugs that cause ...

New Martinsville Lawyer Committed to Helping Others with recovery

To H. John Rogers, a lawyer hailing from New Martisnville, the war on drugs is over, and drugs have won. “I think the greatest quote of all is ‘the man takes the drink, the drink takes the drink and the drink takes the man,’ and the formula hasn’t changed,” he said of addiction, ...

Paramedics, Cops, Doctors On Front Lines of Drug War

Fire department paramedics have looked death in the eyes more times than they can count. Then life comes rushing back into the addict’s body. The Narcan worked, this time. For first responders who are on the front lines of the drug overdose epidemic in the Ohio Valley, all the training in ...

Overdoses Becoming More Frequent, Treatment Centers Look for Options

Working in her Bellaire office, Crossroads Counseling Services clinical supervisor Rebecca Kinkade tries to determine what can be done to address the heroin epidemic sweeping through the Upper Ohio Valley. The problem seems to be getting worse, as area hospitals continue seeing more patients ...

Heroin, Opioid Detoxification Is Difficult

Profuse sweating, extreme chills, frequent vomiting, nausea, insomnia and muscle pain are just some of the challenges awaiting someone headed toward heroin or opioid withdrawal. “Imagine the worst flu you’ve ever had, and multiply that by 100. That is what it’s like to withdraw from ...

Counselors Address Addiction Risk Factors

As the opioid epidemic continues to ravage the country, addiction counselors are addressing risk factors and calling for better treatment options. Joy Graham, a professional clinical counselor in Woodsfield, has 15 years of experience treating patients with addictions. Graham said the ...

The Dope Sick, The Damned

Sean Beckett, a recovering addict, said the reality of opioid withdrawal keeps people from going cold turkey. It seems obvious, but it’s a reason that makes the most sense. “It’s like the worst flu you’ve ever had times 100,” he said. “Everything hurts, and fluids are coming out ...

W.Va. Drug Courts Working, But More Rehab Centers Needed

Jim Lee — a retired 45-year employee of West Virginia’s 1st District Circuit Court — said the drug court program he helped to start more than a decade ago is proving successful, but more drug rehabilation centers are needed across the state to tackle the serious problem of drug addiction ...

Social Programs Ease Long-Term Addiction

For years after a person’s addiction to drugs or alcohol, the effects remain. However, the company that one keeps in the initial stages of recovery can make all the difference. Recovery from addiction, for some people, can depend largely on the company involved. Paul Hall, a recent graduate ...