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Peabody Award-winner Trey Kay brings us stories exploring all sides of the cultural issues that too often divide us.

Us & Them: The Stigma of Sobriety

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Rita Crisafi
The Stigma of Sobriety

America has faced a pandemic, a polarizing election and racial equity battles in the past year. But there’s been another crisis continuing to fester — the opioid epidemic. Deaths are up with more than 1,200 West Virginians dying from overdoses last year. The fight for sobriety now deals with its own tragic divide — When is someone sober?

The road to recovery comes in many forms. For some abstinence works. But others, especially those addicted to opiates, find they need help to get off of such powerful drugs. For their recovery they turn to medication-assisted treatment. That approach has split the treatment world and created a stigma around sobriety.

This episode of Us & Them is presented with support from the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, the CRC Foundation and the West Virginia Humanities Council.

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Trey Kay
The Clarksburg Mission is a Christian-centered treatment facility located in Clarksburg, W.Va. that supports people in either abstinence-based or medication assisted substance use disorder recovery.
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Trey Kay
The neon cross outside the Clarksburg Mission delivers a simple, straightforward message as to the spiritual underpinnings of their recovery program.
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Trey Kay
Lou Ortenzio is executive director of the Clarksburg Mission, Clarksburg, W.Va.
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Trey Kay
Melissa Carter is recovery coach here at the Clarksburg Mission in Clarksburg, W.Va.
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Trey Kay
Angela Knight is a program manager at the Clarksburg Mission, Clarksburg, W. Va.
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Dr. James Berry, Director of WVU Medicine's Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship
Gabriella Dahalia-Jarrett
Gabriella Dahalia-Jarrett with her "murphing" dog Sid.

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