Thursday, September 13, 2012 at 10:28 AM
Around Noon: Legally Addicted
September 4, 2012
A new play - Legally Addicted - hopes to educate teenagers about the dangers of abusing prescription drugs.
The Sound of Ideas: Drugs, Alcohol and Education
September 12, 2012
Almost all abusers of drugs and alcohol got their start before the age of 21. So stopping addiction before it starts means targeting kids. We’ll talk about what strategies are being used to steer kids clear of addiction. Does DARE in classrooms still work? What about new approaches? Some groups emphasize stress management and life skills development instead of dire warnings and scare tactics.
Morning Edition Interview: Preview of Addiction Series
September 14, 2012
Rick interviews a reporter from The Plain Dealer about their upcoming print coverage.
Feature: Biology of Addiction
September 17, 2012 during Morning Edition and All Things Considered
What happens in the brain of an addict? This piece will explore how a necessary chemical in the brain, dopamine, becomes problematic in addiction. We’ll speak with Dr. Barry Hoffer, a retired neuroscientist who used to be the Chief Scientific Officer for the National Institute of Drug Abuse.
Morning Edition Interview: Babies Born Addicted to Opiate Drugs
September 18, 2012
“Crack babies” first emerged in the late 80s; now we’re seeing a dramatic rise in babies born addicted to opiate drugs, like heroin and pain pills. ideastream’s Anne Glausser spoke with Townsend for the weekly Tuesday Checkup.
Feature: Teen Brains Vulnerable to Addiction
September 19, 2012 during Morning Edition and All Things Considered
Experts often refer to addiction “as a young person’s disease.” This story will look at why the brains of adolescents are particularly vulnerable to developing addiction. We’ll speak with Dr. Christina Delos Reyes, an addiction specialist at UH and chief clinical officer of ADAMHS. We’ll also visit the non-profit addiction treatment center New Directions and speak with staff there as well as hear one young woman’s struggle with addiction.
Feature: An ‘Almost’ Alcoholic?
September 20, 2012 during Morning Edition and All Things Considered
When do you have a problem? This story will explore the notion of an “almost alcoholic” - someone who might be heading towards full-blown addiction and would benefit from early recognition and help. We’ll speak with Joe Nowinski, PhD, who co-authored the book “Almost Alcoholic” and is a clinical psychologist at the University of Connecticut Health Center. We will also hear from a man who never believed he was an “addict” and was never asked by doctors about his drinking; he now speaks openly about his drinking and currently works with addicts at a private outpatient facility in Massachusetts.
Also: Take the Almost Alcoholic Self-Quiz here.
The Sound of Ideas: Almost Addicted
September 20, 2012 at 9:00 AM
Interview/discussion with “Almost Alcoholic” author Joseph Nowinski.
Feature: Kicking the Habit
September 21, 2012 during Morning Edition and All Things Considered
Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the United States. This story will look at the science behind quit-smoking programs and will profile a smoker who is trying to quit. We’ll speak with Ruth Golladay, PA, who heads up the Cleveland Clinic’s Tobacco Treatment Center, and sit in on one of her counseling sessions with a client.
Feature: Treating Addiction With Suboxone
September 24, 2012 during Morning Edition and All Things Considered
Can you take a pill to cure your addiction? This piece will talk about the role of medications in treating addictions, with a focus on meds for treating opiate addiction. We’ll speak with Dr. Gregory Collins at the Cleveland Clinic. Collins has been in the addiction field for 40 years now and says the role of medications has revolutionized the way to treat certain addictions (notably: opiates, tobacco, and alcohol). We’ll also hear the story of a father of triplets (from Euclid, Ohio) who got hooked on painkillers for years and finally got into rehab and has found help through medications to reduce cravings.
September 25, 2012 during Morning Edition and All Things Considered
Why is it that so many people continue to struggle with their addictions, even after getting some sort of treatment? This story will explore the nature of relapse. We’ll speak with Amy Salim, a Substance Abuse Specialist at Case Western Reserve University, about what makes people prone to relapse and what can be done to help prevent it.
September 26, 2012 at 12:00 PM
“Interview with Mr. E”
Feagler & Friends
September 14, 2012 at 8:30 PM
Dick Feagler previews a segment from the hour-long Addiction special.
Be Well: Addiction
Thursday, September 20 at 8:00 PM
Encore broadcasts Sunday, September 23 at 2:00 PM; Thursday, September 27 at 8:00 PM; Saturday, September 29 at 5:00 AM and 11:00 PM
Feagler & Friends
September 21, 2012 at 8:30 PM
Dick Feagler interviews an expert about smoking cessation.
September 27, 2012 at 7:30 PM
Profile of several cast members who are in the new, locally written, produced and presented play “Legally Addicted” about teens and prescription drug abuse presented by Fairmount Center for the Arts.
Drug Court in Medina County
As of August 2011, according to the Office of National Drug Control Policy’s Criminal Justice Brief, there were over 2,600 drug courts operating across the country and 95 of those drug court programs can be found in Ohio. Some of these courts are given funding on the federal and state levels. While some programs focus specifically on medical treatment, others focus on examining the behavior of those in the program. In Medina County, Judge Christopher Collier implemented a drug court at one of the county’s Court of Common Pleas. His program is unlike most standard drug court models. Eight years ago Judge Collier decided to form a drug court program on his own, without any kind of government funding. His program focuses on teaching the participants’ accountability and assisting them on starting a new life - a life that’s completely drug free. Today Judge Collier’s drug court program helps those suffering from drug and alcohol addiction get a chance at recovery.
Addiction and recovery is not the face you think it is: The Grip of Addiction
The stereotype of the American addict is like a drunk who swears he doesn’t have a problem. Delusional. Dead wrong. And desperately in need of intervention. We profile five individuals who have struggled with addiction and are in recovery. Their stories reveal how addiction takes various forms.
Post-recovery life is often complicated. And one major factor that is receiving a lot of attention is dual diagnosis - the coexistence of an addiction and a mental illness. Addiction experts say that dual diagnosis explains some of the high incidence of relapse.
Twelve-step literature describes addiction as “cunning, baffling and powerful.” And a huge problem for the 23 million American alcoholics or addicts in recovery is turning to another substance, or process, to which they will quickly become addicted. “People who have one addiction are prone to others, too,” says Dr. Greg Collins, section head of the Alcohol & Drug Recovery Center at the Cleveland Clinic. “If you are biologically programmed to addictive illnesses, you risk having more than one.”
Opiate Addiction & Babies
They are the tiniest opioid addicts. Babies whose mothers are hooked on synthetic opioids such as heroin, or prescription painkillers such as Vicodin and Oxycotin, or who are in a registered methadone treatment program. These babies have a harder time out of the gate. At least half of them, and as many as 80 percent, are born addicts. In the past decade, the number of babies born addicted to opioids in the United States has exploded. Ohio women identified as being opiate addicted while pregnant or parenting has grown nearly 200 percent in the past seven years. In 2004, just under 2,800 women fell into that category; in 2011, the number had grown to more than 8,300.The number of “neonatal episodes,” or number of opiate-addicted newborns in Ohio as reported by hospitals, grew from 443 in 2007 to 1,414 in 2011.
Children of alcoholics, called COAs by researchers, are much more likely to perpetuate the cycle of alcoholism in their own lives. It’s a problem that costs American society about $185 billion a year in preventable healthcare use, lost productivity, premature death, and motor vehicle crashes and alcohol-related crime, according to the National Institutes of Health.