addiction

Author Interview
4:00 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Regulating Caffeine: How Much Is Too Much?

Credit Murray Carpenter's book, "Caffeinated."

Ross Reynolds speaks with journalist Murray Carpenter about his book, “Caffeinated: How Our Daily Habit Helps, Hurts, and Hooks Us."

The book takes a closer look at the common drug we take for granted on a daily basis.

Interview
8:40 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Kristen Wiig Gets Serious For Alice Munro Adaptation

Kristen Wiig plays a quiet caretaker named Johanna in Hateship Loveship.
Courtesy of Patti Perret, Hateship Capital LLC IFC Films

Originally published on Fri April 11, 2014 5:39 am

The new film Hateship Loveship was adapted from an Alice Munro short story and stars Saturday Night Live alumna Kristen Wiig in a performance that's a far cry from her outrageous characters on the comedy show.

In it, Wiig plays Johanna, a caretaker in Iowa assigned to help a grandfather, played by Nick Nolte, look after his 14-year-old granddaughter, Sabitha. Sabitha's mother died in a car accident when Sabitha's father, Ken, played by Guy Pearce, was driving drunk and high.

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Overcoming Addiction
7:34 am
Mon March 24, 2014

With Sobering Science, Doctor Debunks 12-Step Recovery

Courtesy of Beacon Press

Originally published on Mon March 24, 2014 11:27 am

Since its founding in the 1930s, Alcoholics Anonymous has become part of the fabric of American society. AA and the many 12-step groups it inspired have become the country's go-to solution for addiction in all of its forms. These recovery programs are mandated by drug courts, prescribed by doctors and widely praised by reformed addicts.

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Homeless Housing
8:48 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Quixote Village: More Than Just A Place To Sleep

Quixote Village is a located on the outskirts of downtown Olympia on 12.7 acres of land leased from Thurston County.
Credit KUOW Photo/Elizabeth Jenkins

This past Christmas Eve, 30 homeless adults found a permanent residence in Olympia, Wash.

Before the move, the group lived in tents, hosted by different churches in the area. Many of the people had been sleeping in the woods and just wanted a safe place to stay.

Now, Camp Quixote is known as Quixote Village and comprises tiny houses for homeless adults. At 144 square feet, the homes are about the size of a one-car garage.

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Nancy Pearl
11:34 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Relationship Between Writers And Alcohol

Librarian Nancy Pearl shares her latest book recommendations.
KUOW Photo

Steve Scher talks with Nancy Pearl about two books that explores the relationship between writers and alcohol.

"The Trip To Echo Spring: On Writers and Drinking" by Olivia Laing explores the role that alcohol played in the lives of six great American male writers: F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Tennessee Williams, John Berryman, John Cheever and Raymond Carver.

She also recommends an older book, "Drinking, A Love Story" by Caroline Knapp, which helps a reader understand addiction.

Drugs
3:23 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Heroin Use Is On The Rise, Young Adults Increasing Most

Found in Seattle's Belltown area.
Credit Flickr Photo/Crashworks

Marcie Sillman talks with Caleb Banta-Green, an addiction and drug expert from the University of Washington,  about heroin trends across Washington state.

Military
10:29 am
Tue October 29, 2013

With More Addicted Soldiers, Military Expands Treatment Options

Flickr Photo/Charles Williams

For thousands of service members who use opiates to manage chronic pain from war injuries, the road to dependence and addiction can be paved with compassion.

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Technology
3:12 am
Sun October 20, 2013

When Playing Video Games Means Sitting On Life's Sidelines

The reSTART center for Internet addiction is in the woods outside Seattle. The initial, inpatient part of the program is held on a property that has a treehouse and a garden.
Rachel Martin NPR

Originally published on Tue October 22, 2013 1:49 pm

A facility outside Seattle, surrounded by pine trees, is a refuge for addicts — of technology.

There are chickens, a garden and a big treehouse with a zip line. A few guys kick a soccer ball around between therapy appointments in the cottage's grassy backyard.

The reSTART center was set up in 2009. It treats all sorts of technology addictions, but most of the young men who come through here — and they are all young men — have the biggest problem with video games.

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1:27 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Pakistan Battles Growing Alcohol Addiction

Lead in text: 
The subculture of liquor enjoyment belies Pakistan's status as officially "dry". That is, the 96 percent of Pakistanis who, according to official figures are Muslim, are not supposed to drink.The penalty if they do so is 80 lashes but it is not strictly enforced. Although there are many harmless social gatherings, there is also a growing problem of addiction to the bottle.
Alcoholism is a growing problem in Pakistan despite it being illegal for the Muslim majority to drink. The BBC's Charles Haviland finds lives ruined and clinics and therapy groups trying to overcome a taboo subject. Late one night, the beat of dance music drifts down from an upper storey of an apartment block on the edge of a Pakistani city.
Addiction
12:14 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Stories Of Sobriety

Flickr Photo/Joe Houghton

The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence reports that in the US over 23 million people over the age of 12 are addicted to alcohol or other drugs. Not only that, a recent Columbia University study found that only 1 in 10 of these people actually seeks treatment for drug addiction. And most of the time, the treatment doesn’t work.

Ross Reynolds sits down with Dr. Jim Walsh, the medical director of Addiction Recovery Services at Swedish Medical Center’s Ballard campus to talk about what does work.

Substance Abuse
12:00 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

David Sheff Comes Clean On Addiction

What are your views on addiction?
Flickr Photo/Alan Cleaver

Journalist and author David Sheff struggled to save his son Nic from addiction and he recounted his experience in the memoir "Beautiful Boy." In his new book "Clean," Sheff argues addiction is not a failure of character but a disease that can be prevented and cured. Ross Reynolds sits down with David Sheff for a discussion on drug abuse, parenting and the struggle to shift the way the world sees addiction.

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Substance Abuse Suggestions
7:26 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Help For Families Who Struggle With Addicts

The defendant charged in the recent  death of two pedestrians in Seattle’s Wedgewood neighborhood has faced DUIs in the past. Like thousands of other families, Mark Mullan's family has struggle with his addiction.

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Drunken Driving Prevention
12:10 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Should Washington Get Tougher On DUIs?

Cover of 'One For The Road' by Barron H. Lerner.

The King County prosecutor filed four felony charges of vehicular homicide and vehicular assault yesterday against Mark W. Mullan. He’s the alleged drunken driver who killed two people and wounded two others in the Wedgewood neighborhood in Seattle on Monday. The case has provoked scrutiny of the state’s approach to drunken driving. Ross Reynolds examines the history of drunken driving prevention efforts in the United States, digs into the ramifications for drunken driving in Washington and asks callers for their opinions on our state's DUI penalties.

Marijuana Addiction
7:07 am
Mon February 11, 2013

Pot Legalization Increases Adult Addicts’ Concern For Teens

Marijuana Anonymous has chapters for teens as well.

One of the most urgent questions surrounding Washington’s legalization of marijuana is the affect it will have on teenagers. Researchers say teens often see marijuana as “natural” and “safer than alcohol.”  Many adults who consider themselves addicts supported legalization, but not because they think marijuana is risk-free.

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Obituary
9:21 am
Tue November 6, 2012

Founder Of University District Needle Exchange Dead

Bob Quinn (right) and Shilo Murphy. Quinn founded the University District Needle Exchange. It is now operated By Murphy through the People's Harm Reduction Alliance.
Shilo Murphy/People's Harm Reduction Alliance

Bob Quinn, one of the founders of Seattle's needle exchange, died over the weekend. The King County Medical examiner says it was suicide.

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