Running from Demons

It was a Saturday night. My husband and I sat down to watch the 10 o’clock news for some reason. I don’t know. And it was, like, breaking news, and they showed my brother Joey’s picture, and I almost fainted. I screamed, and my husband and kids came … [Read more...]

A Home Again

It’s not uncommon to read about a house being seized because its resident is cooking methamphetamine. Delaware County led Indiana with the most meth labs seized in 2015, according to the Indiana State Police. But while what happens to a house … [Read more...]

Happiness is a choice

Looking back on my life and where I came from, no matter how bad it seemed, it has shaped me into the woman I am today. I did not come from a privileged family. We grew up in filth and poverty. I had a mom who loved me very much. She was a single … [Read more...]

Extinguishing the Fire

This disease of addiction wants you to remain in a state of obsession and compulsively act by using an external source, such as drugs, to fix an internal problem. The drugs are just a side-effect of the disease, and it can manifest itself in all … [Read more...]

Artificial Happiness

I believe in artificial happiness. That is the only thing I have known. You don’t understand or know how it is to have nothing. There isn’t a lot of real happiness because of my childhood. I was with my mom ‘til I was 7, and then I was in a … [Read more...]

Between Life and Death

On the nights when David Huston is on duty, he waits for a signal to tell him that things have gone wrong. He preps the ambulance, finishes paperwork … and he waits. He waits for the alarm that tells him that someone is on the verge of life and … [Read more...]

Having Hope

  I started using a substance ever since I was 12 years old. I started drinking alcohol at this age, and that’s kind of where it all started. I remember being drunk for the first time. My friend’s mom gave us alcohol to drink before a May … [Read more...]

The Fifth Vital Sign

As told to Colton LeTourneau Since 1991, the U.S has seen a tremendous increase in opioid prescriptions, leading to an increase in deaths and overdoses bound to painkillers. According to drugabuse.com: “The interaction between painkillers and … [Read more...]

Leading Horses to Water

I work at Meridian Health Services as a licensed clinical-addictions counselor. Most of my time is spent seeing people in group or individual counseling sessions at Meridian. Some of my time is spent at the Delaware County Jail doing an … [Read more...]