Stories by Jo Ann Hummers

Slogans for Motivation

This year has been particularly stressful for everyone. One idea that could be helpful to all is to think of and to “use” slogans that have been useful to members…

Dec 28


This Holiday Season, Remember the Risks of Driving Impaired

“One person is killed about every 50 minutes in a drunk-driving crash, totaling more than 10,500 lives lost each year.” This information from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is…

Dec 24


Stimulants in Combination With Opiates Cause for Overdose Concern

Discussion about use of illegal drugs usually focuses on one drug or another. However, “the reality is that many people use drugs in combination and also die from them in…

Dec 3


What Should You Do With Your Unused Meds?

Unused or expired medications may be used by someone other than the person for whom the medications were prescribed. This can be dangerous or even fatal. Suggestions about what you…

Nov 20


Great American Smokeout – Reminder to Quit Smoking

Each year the Great American Smokeout is held on the third Thursday of November, which is November 19 this year.  This date can be your quit date OR it can…

Nov 17


Recovery Month and This Year’s Walk Against Addiction

Now in its 31st year, Recovery Month celebrates the gains made by those in recovery, just as we celebrate improvements made by those who are managing other health conditions such…

Sep 19


COVID-19 – Additional Risks for Those Dealing With Addiction   

COVID-19 has increased the health risks already faced by people who smoke or vape, are currently dealing with substance use disorders, or are in recovery from addiction. The Director of…

Jun 25


Methamphetamine is NOT a Recreational Drug

Methamphetamine is present locally, as indicated not only by several recent arrests but also by personal discussions. People often use drugs for reasons other than relief of a medical situation.…

Jul 13


MAY 31: World No Tobacco Day: Protect Our Youth

World No Tobacco Day (May 31) has been celebrated since 1988. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), this year’s focus is on “preventing youth tobacco product use and…

May 30


Avoiding Overdose Deaths

The current climate of change and uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic can be especially dangerous for those who abuse alcohol or other drugs.  A new study reported by the…

May 18


Support During “Challenging Times”

For the person in recovery from addiction to alcohol or to another drug, relapse prevention is a primary goal. During these days when people must deliberately isolate themselves in order…

Apr 24


ADDICTIONS: You CAN save your friend’s life!

(This column first appeared in the Outer Banks Sentinel) “Someone just overdosed…”  This statement is heard too often these days. If you ever wondered if you might be in a…

Feb 23