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Addiction begins easily; recovery takes effort

Addiction begins easily; recovery takes effort

Portage Chief of Police Troy Williams displays a flashlight that converts into a pipe used to smoke drugs during Breaking the Silence, a free event last December at the Porter County Expo Center that targeted substance abuse and addiction issues.

March 16, 2014 12:00 am
Addiction begins easily; recovery takes effort

Addiction begins easily; recovery takes effort

Portage Police Chief Troy Williams talks about drug paraphernalia with Valparaiso Assistant Police Chief Rich Spicer as parents and their children participate in a program called Breaking the Silence, a free event last December at the Porter County Expo Center that targeted substance abuse a…

March 16, 2014 12:00 am

Mind control: Alcohol, drug addiction stew in the brain

Alcoholism can destroy a liver. Heroin needles can spread HIV. And cocaine can stop a beating heart.

March 10, 2014 6:15 pm
Rep. Brown health legislation wins House approval

Rep. Brown health legislation wins House approval

INDIANAPOLIS | The Indiana House this week approved three health care-related proposals sponsored by state Rep. Charlie Brown, D-Gary, that now go to the Senate for further review.

January 29, 2014 7:00 pm
Breaking the Silence event targets substance abuse, addiction issues

Breaking the Silence event targets substance abuse, addiction issues

WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP | Jaime Bauer felt like she was living a double life.

December 03, 2013 7:06 pm Photos

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Breaking the Silence event targets substance abuse, addiction

Breaking the Silence event targets substance abuse, addiction

Portage Chief of Police Troy Williams displays a flashlight that converts into a pipe used to smoke drugs Tuesday night during Breaking the Silence, a free event at the Porter County Expo Center that targeted substance abuse and addiction issues.

December 03, 2013 6:58 pm
Breaking the Silence event targets substance abuse, addiction

Breaking the Silence event targets substance abuse, addiction

D.E. "Sonshine" Trouche, executive director of Worthy Women Recovery Home in LaPorte, speaks Tuesday night during the Breaking the Silence program at the Porter County Expo Center. The event targeted substance abuse and addiction issues in children. It aimed to give parents the tools to talk…

December 03, 2013 6:58 pm
Breaking the Silence event targets substance abuse, addiction

Breaking the Silence event targets substance abuse, addiction

Diane Chilian, of Valparaiso, listens to speakers Tuesday night during the Breaking the Silence event at the Porter County Expo Center. The program targeted substance abuse and addiction issues in teens with the aim of giving parents the tools to talk to their children about the dangers of d…

December 03, 2013 6:58 pm
Breaking the Silence event targets substance abuse, addiction

Breaking the Silence event targets substance abuse, addiction

Portage Police Chief Troy Williams, right, talks about drug paraphernalia along with Valparaiso Assistant Police Chief Rich Spicer, background, as parents and their children participate in a program called Breaking the Silence. The free event Tuesday night at the Porter County Expo Center ta…

December 03, 2013 6:58 pm

New unit to aid alcohol, opiate addicts

GARY | People who need a safe place to withdraw from alcohol and opiate addiction have a new resource in the Region.

September 24, 2013 12:00 am
Christopher Lawford talks about addictions at Valpo dinner

Christopher Lawford talks about addictions at Valpo dinner

VALPARAISO | A “moment of grace” 27 years ago saved his life.

March 16, 2013 9:00 pm Photos

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Christopher Lawford talks about addictions at Valpo dinner

Christopher Lawford talks about addictions at Valpo dinner

Frontline Foundations client Eric Mercier smiles as his testimonial is projected on a screen Saturday during a Frontline Foundations fundraiser dinner at Valparaiso University.

March 16, 2013 8:30 pm
Christopher Lawford talks about addictions at Valpo dinner

Christopher Lawford talks about addictions at Valpo dinner

New York Times best-selling author Christopher Kennedy Lawford speaks about addiction on Saturday during his keynote speech at the Frontline Foundation fundraiser dinner.

March 16, 2013 8:19 pm
Resolve to Quit Smoking in the New Year

Resolve to Quit Smoking in the New Year

It’s at the top of many New Year’s resolution lists — quitting smoking. In fact, 15 million people try to quit smoking cigarettes yearly. Only 5 percent succeed when they use no support or go cold turkey. Moreover, the average smoker will attempt to quit up to nine times before successfully …

December 30, 2012 12:00 am
Valpo mom turns addiction story into children's tale

Valpo mom turns addiction story into children's tale

VALPARAISO | Lisa Misch's son wanted to be a repair man when he grew up, working high in a cherry picker, fixing wires and cables.

November 03, 2012 7:00 pm

Beyond booze: Addiction comes in many forms

In the hands of a person whose brain is wired for addiction, a poker chip or credit card can be as dangerous as booze or cocaine. 

November 03, 2012 7:00 pm
GUEST COMMENTARY: Youth gambling addiction could have lifelong consequences

GUEST COMMENTARY: Youth gambling addiction could have lifelong consequences

Most of us see gambling as a way to have fun, but 1 in 10 gamblers develop a problem when it comes to controlling their gambling habits. Two percent of gamblers even develop pathological addiction symptoms. Gambling addiction is as real and as dangerous as being addicted to drugs or alcohol …

March 07, 2012 12:00 am

EDITORIAL: Invest in treatment, not just incarceration

Porter County's investment in a halfway house already has more than paid for itself. It is a wise investment, not just because of the dollars, but because it is a lifesaver.

February 09, 2012 12:00 am

GUEST COMMENTARY: Substance abuse, mental disorders affect everyone

More than 50 years after the American Medical Association declared alcoholism to be a disease, the American Society of Addiction Medicine has followed suit. ASAM recently said officially that addiction is a chronic disease of the brain. Will the public embrace this, or will it continue to st…

September 09, 2011 12:00 am
Schererville native tells his story of addiction, recovery

Schererville native tells his story of addiction, recovery

Chicago police kicked in the door of a Chinatown restaurant bathroom and found a nearly dead Ricky Montez on the floor. The Schererville-raised Montez, who once walked the halls of Lake Central High School in a letterman jacket stitched with patches lauding his athletic achievements, had overdosed.

August 07, 2011 12:00 am Photos

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