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WVPE's Kent Fulmer continues his recovery month series. He spoke with Dr. Carolyn Warner-Greer, Medical Director of The Bowen Recovery Center about some of the history of the current opioid crisis and treatment options available in the area.  

Recovery Month interview series part 2

Sep 16, 2021
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September is Recovery Month. Kent Fulmer is doing a series of interviews about addiction recovery. This second interview is with Sandy Hempel who is a Certified Recovery Specialist. She is also in recovery from an addiction which began with prescription pain medication.  

Recovery Month interview series part 1

Sep 10, 2021
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September is Recovery Month. Kent Fulmer is doing a series of interviews about addiction recovery. The first is with Amy Block. She's a Recovery Coach with Oaklawn and a recovering addict herself.  


COVID-19 Worsens Mental Health, Sparks Overdoses

Nov 17, 2020

The continued stress from COVID-19 has heightened mental health problems nationwide. And some experts say that has led to an increase in drug overdoses.

Now COVID-19 cases are surging again, especially in the Midwest. Illinois officials are urging people to stay home. Other states such as Indiana and Iowa are adding restrictions to limit gatherings. 

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Indiana employers that want to help employees with addiction now have access to new tools and support through a federally recognized assistance program.

Indiana Workforce Recovery has partnered with mental health and addiction service provider Centerstone to bring the Workforce Investment Program to the state.

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The final report for the National Judicial Opioid Task Force was released this week and includes recommendations and resources for courts responding to addiction.

The task force was formed in 2017.  Indiana Chief Justice Loretta Rush co-chairs the group and says it was created in response to the growing number of court cases related to substance abuse.


U.S. Surgeon General – and former Indiana Health Commissioner – Jerome Adams says additional screenings could offer Indiana college students more information about their potential for drug overdose and addiction.

Speaking Monday at Purdue University, Adams talked about what he called his own family’s genetic predisposition to addiction, and suggested that first-year students could benefit from taking an exam which correlates adverse childhood experiences with a likelihood for addiction later in life.

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Three new comprehensive addiction recovery networks are being established in Indiana.  The centers aim to eliminate gaps in service for people suffering from addiction.

Indiana Drug Czar Jim McClelland says Hoosiers are falling through the cracks when it comes to finding treatment and sustaining recovery.

"We know from traveling all over the state over the last two and a half years," says McClelland. "It’s often difficult for people to know where to go, who to turn to, this is going to make it a lot easier."

Opioid Treatment Providers Get New Oversight

May 6, 2019
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Michigan Man To Walk 280 Miles For Mental Health Awareness

Mar 31, 2019

HASTINGS, Mich. (AP) — A man plans to walk more than 280 miles in Michigan to raise awareness about mental health, addiction and sobriety.

Mike Hamp, founder of the nonprofit Values Not Feelings Organization, plans to begin the journey from his hometown of Hastings to St. Ignace in August. He aims to cover about 25 miles a day during the “A Walk For Thought” project.

Hamp said he began struggling with opioid addition in high school following multiple shoulder surgeries.

New Recovery Community For Women To Open In South Bend

Oct 2, 2018


The Upper Room Recovery Community in South Bend is getting started with renovation work for a new women’s community.

The Upper Room has operated a men’s recovery community in South Bend since the early 80s. It’s a sober living community that partners with other agencies to provide counseling, job training, and other services to those recovering from addiction.

The new women’s community is expected to open in January.