Addiction: There’s Always Hope

Recovery is possible. “An addiction is a maladaptive overindulgence in behavior — in process or in substance — that has become self destructive.” This definition was supplied by Kristin Agar, a licensed clinical social worker as well as a certified intervention professional and certified Arise Interventionist. She has practiced since 1978 and is one of…

Mental Illness Stigma

The stigma of having a mental illness has improved over the years.   [dropcap]Mental[/dropcap] illness affects 1 in 5 Americans, a fact that may surprise you. You may hear that a friend, neighbor or family member is ill, but it likely will be discussed in hushed tones as if this kind of illness could have…

Steve Blackwood: Sounding the Alarm

Preventing the unthinkable. Photography by Brandon Markin   [dropcap]Steven[/dropcap] Blackwood and Bruce Trimble serve as co-chairs of the Arkansas Suicide Prevention Council, formed last year by Gov. Asa Hutchinson to provide “a comprehensive and coordinated approach to prevent suicide across all age and demographic groups” in Arkansas and “to ensure that suicide prevention becomes a…

Tommy Smith: Life in Sobriety

Tommy Smith is celebrating five years of sobriety. Photography by Brandon Markin   [dropcap]Each[/dropcap] day after completing his morning radio co-host duties, Tommy Smith would swing through his preferred liquor store and spend the rest of the day escaping with his “friend” Jack Daniels. His routine changed in May 2011 when he was arrested for…

Nicole Hart: Providing Holistic Help at ARVets

Help for the healing. Photography by Brandon Markin   [dropcap]While[/dropcap] clinical research on PTSD, post-traumatic stress disorder, focuses on select gene processes and high-tech brain imaging, veterans throughout Central Arkansas are finding holistic solutions at ARVets, a “one-stop shop” for mental health resources for Arkansas veterans and their families. ARVets’ successful model is measured in…

Marie’s Story: Breaking the Cycle

The following story, unfortunately, echoes the experience of too many Americans. Although Arkansas was not Marie’s intended destination, this story has a happy ending: she and her children have fallen in love with their adopted home. Photography by Brandon Markin   [dropcap]Despite[/dropcap] and/or because of what she overcame, Marie* never lost her faith in life.…