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Addiction’s Rough Waters

By Simone Greene on November 6, 2019

 

“Thank God my story doesn’t start with ‘I lost my son to addiction,’” says Jennifer “Punkin” Stepp. While her story ends with her son in recovery, it doesn’t mean the road was easy. Stepp’s son, Sammy, was introduced to drugs at an early age. As his addiction deepened, Stepp began to look for help in her community. However, resources in Bullitt County were few. “After a while, you start getting tired of people saying you are a bad parent or your child is defective. 

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“Doing Time” In Treatment, Not Prison

By Mark Powell on November 6, 2019

 

As the opioid crisis worsened, many judges in Kentucky began noticing a disturbing pattern. A growing number of criminal defendants were overdosing and dying before their cases could be concluded. The judges figured keeping them behind bars and alive was better than the alternative. So, they increased cash bonds. That sent the jail population soaring. Clearly, another approach was needed.

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Addiction Treatment Behind Bars

By Mark Powell on November 6, 2019

 
Terry Carl didn’t like what he saw. Addiction was spreading rampantly through his native Northern Kentucky, bringing death and destruction with it. As the Kenton County jailer, he teamed up with Addiction Services Director Jason Merrick to do something about it.
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Freedom From Addiction

By Mark Powell on November 6, 2019

 
Back in 1993, a serious situation existed. The unique needs of moms with children were preventing many from seeking treatment. The recovery community realized it was too great a barrier to expect a woman to choose between caring for her children and undergoing treatment. She should have the freedom to have both.
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Life-Changing Food

By Kelsey Trotter on November 6, 2019

 

Mark Twain said, “An antidote to prejudice is travel.” If you go to a foreign country, you eat their food, talk with their people, and immerse yourself in a new culture. You start to have a better understanding of their way of life. Twain’s wisdom works as an antidote to the stigma surrounding addiction, too.

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A Healthy START for Children

By Mark Powell on November 6, 2019

 
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