Stories by Jo Ann Hummers

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


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


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


ADDICTIONS: Slogans for Motivation

Members of 12 Step programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, AlAnon, Cocaine Anonymous, Overeaters Anonymous, Gamblers Anonymous often use short phrases or slogans to help to remind themselves of…

Jan 4


Nar-Anon now meeting in Kill Devil Hills

Two years ago the Outer Banks was fortunate to have its first Nar-Anon meeting which met in Manteo at the Source Church. The meeting recently relocated to Kill Devil HIlls,…

Dec 8


ADDICTIONS: Safer holiday parties

Many people believe that the main attraction at a party should be something other than alcohol, because of the dangers and liabilities of “overindulging.” Alcohol has traditionally been a major…

Dec 17


Addictions: Problems with prescription opioids

The Center for Disease Control recognizes some confusion about the safety of prescription opioids. They have written this piece in an effort to clarify the issues.

Nov 1


Addictions: Avoiding the risks

The Centers for Disease Control recognizes the usefulness of pain medications. They also understand the risk of not understanding the risks. They discuss how to avoid them below: Prescription opioids…

Oct 5


Addictions: What is Marijuana?

Marijuana is a psychoactive drug used by many people recreationally and its use has been legalized in several states. It has positive properties as well as being problematic for some…

Sep 15