The Local Lens is a public health podcast going inside one community's experience with the drug epidemic. Everyone in the town of Stanton, KY sees this drug issue differently from each other, either because of their personal lives or professional roles. This show aims to showcase those different perspectives through having honest, in-depth interviews with a new guest each episode.
In this episode, our host joins with two friends, Lisa Coffey and April Smith, who tag-team a description of addiction and how it effects a person struggling with it. The episode is lightly science based, giving enough detail to back their approach to recovery. Aside from their day jobs, the two work together in running Celebrate Recovery, a Christ-centered 12 step program, in Clay City. Their experience in both the healthcare and social side mix for a compelling take on the nature of addiction, certainly a take worth hearing.
The conversation originally went on for over an hour and a half, so we have split their interview into two parts. The first part (this one) focuses more on the effects of addiction, while the second part (coming later in Season 1) looks at how the science should inform how we respond to cases of addiction around us.
These are our people, using our voices, telling our stories, because no one sees it like we do.
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The Local Lens is sponsored by Kentucky Opioid Community Healing (from the Kentucky Rural Health information Organization) and Powell County CARES (from the Powell County Health Department).