Sunday, January 20, 2013

Substance Abuse 411-#56-International Comedy Comedian-Mark Lundholm

Substance Abuse 411-#56-International Recovery Comedian-Mark Lundholm


Mark Lundholm knows of which he speaks when he does his comedy shows around the country about substance abuse.

In his journey, he has been a convicted felon, street addict, mental patient, divorced twice and much more. One day he decided he had two choices, suicide or get treatment.  He chose the second.

He started doing comedy in rehab clinics, treatment centers, jails and many places he had been been living during his drug filled years and realized not only was he funny but that he could make a living with his comedy.

Now Mark travels the country and the world sharing his take on life. He's appeared on Broadway and on television and currently has a television series under development. We slowed Mark down long enough to share his story with us on Substance Abuse 411.


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Saturday, January 5, 2013

Substance Abuse 411-#55-Creative Writing Programs as Therapy for Kids in Detention-Mercy Pilkington

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Substance Abuse 411 #55-Creative Writing Program as Therapy for Kids in Detention-Mercy Pilkington

Thousands of young persons are incarcerated across the United States for various reasons. Many are repeat offenders. Most suffer from dysfunctional homes, depression, low self esteem and of course substance abuse problems. The question is, how do we try and stop the cycle of youth in and out of the justice system?

Mercy Pilkington an English Instructor at the Coosa Valley Youth services which operates a transitional facility for juvenile offenders, is using a creative writing program. However this writing program has a twist.

Mercy not only has "students" write poetry, short stories or whatever they wish, but she posts them on a website She does this with the young person's permission.

What makes this sharing of these writings helpful is that most receive comments back of a very positive nature.  This helps build the self esteem of many and hopefully shows them that there are people out there that care about them.

Listen to this edition of Substance Abuse 411 as we chat with Mercy and learn about how this program is working to change lives.


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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Substance Abuse 411-#54-Sober in the City-Debbie Strand

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Substance Abuse 411-#54-Sober in the City-Debbie Strand

From an almost fatal drug overdose to being sober for 8 years now, Debbie Strand understands first hand how substance abuse can take control of one's life and how one can also regain their life again through recovery. An outgrowth of Debbie's personal journey is a weekly two hour radio program called "Sober in the City."

Sober in the City, heard Sunday night from 9-11 PM Pacific time, shares the voices of those around the country telling their stories of addiction and recovery and letting people know their is a path out of the destructive life they lead.

Join us on this edition of Substance Abuse 411 to hear Debbie's own story and how "Sober in the City" is making an impact in so many lives by giving a central voice to those in need of hope.


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Sunday, December 9, 2012

Substance Abuse 411-#53-People Advocating Recovery-Mike Barry

Substance Abuse 411-#53-People Advocating Recovery-Mike Barry


Imagine you are a well respected television news anchorman and you are at the top of your game. However, your life has been taken over by alcoholism and it sends you into a downward spiral that not only destroys your career but your life.

That is what happened to Mike Barry. However, he worked his way to sobriety and from that formed People Advocating Recovery, an advocacy group that is working to eliminate barriers to recovery from addiction.

Mike joins us on Substance Abuse 411 to talk about his life from his alcoholism to now being a leading advocate for those that have won the battle against any type of substance abuse and the changes in not only attitudes but laws he champions to help those in recovery.


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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Substance Abuse 411-#52-Battling the Heroin Crisis in St. Louis in Unique Way-Dan Duncan

Substance Abuse 411-#52-Battling Heroin Crisis in St Louis-Dan Duncan

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Sadly, heroin use across the United States is on the rise. In St. Louis, Missouri, they are seeing a tragic increase in overdose deaths from heroin not only in the inner city but also the affluent suburbs.

In 2010, they had over 200 overdose deaths among young people in the Greater St. Louis area. Because of that, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence in the St. Louis region swung into action and came up with a community concept to battle the problem incorporating a website.  That website ( is providing valuable information in one spot for young and old, users, family members and concerned citizens.

Substance Abuse 411 talks with Dan Duncan the Director of Community Services with NCADD-St. Louis about the program and how it is bringing awareness of the heroin problem to the forefront in the region.


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Friday, November 23, 2012

Substance Abuse 411-#51-Community Response to Opiate Crisis in Great Cincinnati Area-Ann Barnum

Substance Abuse 411-#51-Community Response to Opiate Crisis Greater Cincinnati Area-Ann Barnum

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Heroin use is increasing in the tri-state area of Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana around the Cincinnati area. Why? Effective laws that are making prescription opiates harder to obtain.

Scioto County in Ohio with a population of 76,000 people had 35 million pain pills prescribed in one year during the height of the prescription drug epidemic.

Now, because of new laws, those addicted to prescription drugs are turning to shooting or snorting heroin.

Substance Abuse 411 talks with Ann Barnum, Senior Program Officer-Substance Abuse Disorders with the Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati about the growing problem and what the 15 counties that the organization serves are doing to battle this growing problem.


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Friday, November 16, 2012

Substance Abuse 411-#50-Doctors’ Concerns over Patient Ratings May Role in Opioid Prescriptions-Anna Lembke

Substance Abuse 411-#50-Doctors' Concerns Over Patient Ratings May Play Role in Opioid Rx-Anna Lembke


Prescription drug abuse in the United States has been a growing problem in recent years. What if it is being aided by doctors that are worried about NOT prescribing drugs for pain? That is what a recent opinion piece in the New England Journal  of Medicine pondered.

Anna Lembke, a M.D. and Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at Stanford University delved into the problem One of her major points, Americans' have an attitude that "all suffering is avoidable" and that treatment of pain has become the Holy Grail of of compassionate medical care.

Substance Abuse 411 delves deeper into this opinion piece with the author Anna Lembke on this edition.


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