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Facing Addiction is an ongoing project of 88.9 WCVE examining the opioid epidemic through the voices of people in recovery, family members, health experts, scientists, lawmakers, state leaders and other stakeholders. In June 2016, 88.9 WCVE presented a week of radio features and digital components that looked at the scope of opioid overdoses in the state, pathways to addiction, recovery options, changing views by law enforcement and policy responses.

Do you have a story to share about addiction? What questions do you have? As we continue to cover the topic, we welcome your input. Write us at facingaddiction@ideastations.org.

From 88.9 WCVE

Recovery, Job Training and a Network of Support at the Healing Place

The Healing Place provides men addicted to drugs and alcohol a free, long-term residential recovery program. Offering a “hand up, not a hand out,” they use a 12 step, peer-led model. The program is in high demand, as the opioid epidemic continues in Greater Richmond. Virginia Currents producer Catherine Komp has more in our ongoing series, Facing Addiction.

Building a Recovery High School in Central Virginia

Four hundred youth between the ages of 15 and 24 died from opioid overdoses in Virginia between 2010 and 2014, according to data from the Virginia Department of Health. An alternative treatment model - recovery high school - seeks to help young people who are addicted. In WCVE’s ongoing series Facing Addiction, Virginia Currents Producer Catherine Komp reports.


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