The 41-B Drug/Sobriety Court strives to be a leader in community corrections, combining efforts of the judiciary, the community and treatment providers to create a safe and addiction free society. The mission of this program is to help those suffering from drug and/or alcohol addiction restore hope, gain courage and achieve recovery by providing services to foster healthy, long-term lifestyle changes. Amy Wilson has dedicated her time to helping those on the road to recovery. Amy was once and addict and understands the struggles and provides the support needed to assist in lifestyle changes. Listen to hear personal story about overcoming addiction and you will hear why she is a WCSX "Woman who Rocks".
The 41B courthouse is located off Groesbeck Highway, tucked behind industrial buildings, machine shops and bail bond businesses in northern Macomb County. The County is home to one of 127 drug courts in Michigan, up from 77 drug courts 10 years ago. With the growing opioid epidemic it is easy to understand the rise in numbers. Last year in Michigan there was a record-breaking number of drug overdose deaths — 2,729. For more information on drug court, click HERE.
Recently, the Detroit Free Press, did an amazing article on the court and how the programs helps those help themselves and get back on track.
A handful of heroin addicts struggle to get clean and reclaim their lives with the help of a Macomb County drug program. Jessica Dover was in trouble. Just a few days ago, before everything changed, she was reclaiming her life from heroin addiction.
In the second half of the podcast, I am always joined by Cyndy Schalter from Turning Point Macomb. This week we talk about the recent R.Kelly documentary on sexual assault and how some people are social shaming artists who may have worked with him in the past. One of those artists is Lady Gaga. Now even if you are not a fan, Lady Gaga is a sexual assault survivor and not only speaks publicly about her assault, but also dedicates her time and money to survivors. Cyndy and I discuss who should really be blamed and ridiculed in cases like the R. Kelly situation.
Lady Gaga has apologized for working with R. Kelly and said she plans to remove their 2013 single from streaming services.
Next up, Cyndy and I discuss care-giving and how much stress it can cause those taking care of loved ones. The conversation started after a recent article about the actor Rob Lowe. He took care of his mother and spoke out about the respect he has for those who dedicated their time providing care. Cyndy has tips for those who may be feeling the pressure of the task and responsibilities.
Right now, 40 million Americans are doing truly selfless work by serving as unpaid family caregivers for a loved one. About 25 percent of those caregivers are millennials, who often feel forced to choose between their careers and caring for their aging parents and grandparents. I can relate.
The final topic this week is touchy. Should the government being solving our country's mental health crisis? You can agree or disagree with this question, but do you agree that it needs to be addressed by someone? Cyndy and I have an intense conversation about the number of youth suicides, parental involvement and even dive into the topic of who is responsible for sorting out the problem.
According to a new report by the American Psychological Association, people ages 15 to 21 have the worst mental health of any generation in the U.S., and many are blaming the current inescapable political maelstrom for the trend. The Human Rights Campaign reported a "rapid increase in youth bullying" since the 2016 campaign, and suicide rates are up in every state.
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