By the time Cassie Nygren was halfway through high school, she was taking Oxycontin on a daily basis. It helped her fill the void she felt after giving her daughter up for adoption, and she told herself as long as she wasn’t using heroin, she was fine. “I felt numb, and I liked it,” she said.
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UW–Madison has resources to help students struggling with substance abuse — but advocates hope to do much more.
Michael Sears Neuropsychiatrist Dami Salami (left), medical director of the repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation program at Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin, says rTMS has been successful in treating depression. With Salami is Yagna Pathak, an rTMS technologist and researcher. Article Date: November 18, 2014 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel By John Keilman, Chicago Tribune Nov. 18, 2014 Chicago — A machine that sends magnetic pulses into a patient's brain has become the new frontier of depression treatment, promising to ease symptoms for those who have found little relief from medication or talk therapy. The treatment, known as transcranial magnetic stimulation, or TMS, is part of a wave of technologies that attempt to jolt the brain back to health. It caught on quickly after the Food and Drug Administration approved its use six years ago.
Posted: Monday, September 29, 2014 --- 9:33 p.m. A local organization is taking the concept of scholarships outside the realm of education. The Recovery Foundation provides treatment scholarships to drug and alcohol addicts who otherwise couldn't afford it. See video TV news segment and read more>
Article Date: August 22, 2014 Heroin’s got a stranglehold on Dane County, as it does on much of the rest of the country. There’s no more denying that we’ve got an epidemic on our hands. Now, what’s the solution? By Maggie Ginsberg-Schutz http://www.madisonmagazine.com/Madison-Magazine/September-2014/Changing-the-Conversation-About-Heroin/ Mount Horeb is the kind of small town that consistently makes those Best of Wisconsin lists, a charming community stretched lazily beneath a yawning blue bowl sky, nestled in the rolling hills and prairies of Dane County farm country. The kind of place where neighbors still don’t lock their doors and tourists descend by the busload to sip old-fashioned phosphates and snap photos of trolls carved from tree stumps. The village is known—officially—as the Troll Capital of the World. But unofficially, in recent years it’s picked up a far less desirable moniker: Mount Heroin...
Article Date: June 1, 2014 Even after her doctor increased her anti-depression medication last year, Sandi Elmer could barely function. She canceled outings with friends and found making cookies with her grandchildren overwhelming. “I was feeling really hopeless, like, is anything going to help?” said Elmer, 59, who lives northwest of Janesville. She tried transcranial magnetic stimulation, in which a magnetic coil placed on the head sends pulses to the part of the brain thought to control mood. After finishing two months of treatment at the TMS Center of Madison in February, she hasn’t felt depressed.
Article Date: April 10, 2014 Maggie Ginsberg-Schutz on Thursday 04/10/2014 On a frigid December day in 2004, 17-year-old Aaron Meyer came home from drug and alcohol treatment. He'd already been to hell and back in his short life, but things were going to be different now. He felt alive with hope and possibility. Inspired by what recovery looked like, Aaron's dad, Tom, quit drinking too. The two talked about what Aaron would do next, and he realized he was too old to live at home. But as a recovering addict, he was afraid to live alone while his friends partied their way through college. He talked about renting a house to live with other guys in recovery, where they could still feel a part of that post-high school experience but have each other for support. Just five months later, Aaron -- clean and sober -- was killed in a car accident while driving to pick up a fellow recovering friend for a job interview. "I was broken," Tom says, quietly. "Absolutely broken."
Article Date: July 9, 2013 by Stephen Davis and Bryan Polcyn, - http://fox6now.com/2013/07/09/drug-users-fear-calling-911-allow-friends-to-die/ MILWAUKEE (WITI) — If you were alone in a room with a dying man, would you call 911 to save his life? What if calling for help could land you in jail? Drug overdose is now the second-leading cause of accidental death in the United States, and the number one cause for men and women ages 25 to 64. Alcohol and drug abuse prevention experts say a contributing factor is drug users who allow their friends to die instead of risking arrest by calling for help. Now a panel of those experts is calling for changes in state law that would give legal protection to drug users who do the right thing.