PRESTONSBURG – Communities Against Drug Abuse (CADA) held its monthly meeting at the First Presbyterian Church in Prestonsburg on Thursday. The special guest speaker was Dr. Wayne Edwards from Ohio Valley Physicians. Edwards spoke to the group about drug addiction.
“One of the problems with drug addiction is most addiction programs deal with the problem of drug addiction,” said Edwards. “What they fail to address is the problem that caused the drug addiction.”
The concept of learning to deal with emotions and develop coping strategies enable an individual to deal with whatever problem life hands them in a positive manner rather than numbing the pain with drugs. Individuals who participate in a medically-assisted drug rehab program such as Suboxone use the medicine along with counseling to conquer their addiction problem. The counseling is invaluable.
Members also talked about the Angel Initiative, which is designed to address the state’s growing heroin and prescription pain pill epidemic. The pilot program will be launched in five Southeastern Kentucky counties – Floyd, Johnson, Magoffin, Martin and Pike.
The program will enable individuals with a substance abuse problem to seek and ask for treatment without fear of being arrested. Officials hope to see the Angel Initiative introduced to other areas of the state eventually.
CADA meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month at the First Presbyterian Church in Prestonsburg and are open to the public.
Andrea Saddler is a reporter for The Floyd County Times. She can be reached at (606) 886-8506.