• Many are surprised to learn that addiction issues affect young and old alike.
    Grandma’s gone….to an addiction treatment center

    Ali was quite frank and honest in talking about her Grandma Mary. “Years ago, when asked how my grandma was doing following the death of her husband, I would have said she’s doing as well as can...

    • Posted January 4, 2017
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  • Frank’s Fumble: Opioid addiction nearly stole his future away

    Home from Kutztown University for fall break, Frank was playing football with friends in his family’s backyard in Warwick Township. Running through the yard with the football, he didn’t notice the small tree stump, fell, and fumbled...

    • Posted November 30, 2016
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  • It is estimated that one baby is born in the United States, dependent on drugs, every 24 minutes.
    ‘Sara’s Struggles’: Not all addiction stories have a sad ending

    “Sara’s Struggles” is part of a series of stories on the addiction crisis facing our society. The stories are written by Janice Ballenger, who works at Retreat at Lancaster County, a premiere 175-bed addiction center in Ephrata....

    • Posted October 26, 2016
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  • Janice Ballenger as deputy coroner was photographed praying following her experience at the West Nickel Mines Amish school massacre (photo courtesy of The Washington Post).
    Ten years later: Remembering the Nickel Mines Amish school massacre

    On Monday, Oct. 2, 2006, I stood inside the West Nickel Mines Amish one-room school house, desperately searching for one square tile on the floor that didn’t have a speck of bright red blood on it. I...

    • Posted September 28, 2016
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  • Lucky to be alive: An abuse victim’s story

    “Erin’s Escape” is part of a series of stories on the addiction crisis facing our society. The stories are written by Janice Ballenger, who works at Retreat at Lancaster County, a premiere 160-bed addiction center in Ephrata....

    • Posted August 24, 2016
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  • You are not alone!

    Circle of Support meets at Lititz Moravian Church; next gathering is Sept. 7 Let’s face it, you can’t open a paper or magazine, turn on television or surf the Internet without hearing about the struggles of addiction....

    • Posted August 24, 2016
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  • Vic’s Victory: A recovering drug addict shares his story

    “Vic’s Victory” is one in a monthly series on the addiction crisis facing our society. The series is written by Janice Ballenger, who works at Retreat at Lancaster County, a premiere 160-bed addiction treatment center in Ephrata....

    • Posted July 26, 2016
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    Out of Tears: A parent’s perspective on addiction

    “Out of Tears” is one story in a monthly series on the addiction crisis facing our society. The series is written by Janice Ballenger, who works at Retreat at Lancaster County, a premiere 160-bed addiction treatment center...

    • Posted June 22, 2016
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  • Photo by Captured Memories Photography Don't come home to this secret. This is a staged photo based on everyday addiction scenarios.
    Secrets of addiction: What you didn’t know

    “Secrets of Addiction” is the fourth feature in a monthly series on the addiction crisis that our society is facing. The series is written by Janice Ballenger, who works at Retreat at Lancaster County, a premiere 160-bed...

    • Posted May 18, 2016
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  • Andrew Klunk on graduation day at York Technical Institute.
    Andrew’s Actions …and devastating death

    “Andrew’s Actions” is the third feature in a monthly series on the addiction crisis that our society is facing. The first series, “Beth’s Story” detailed Beth’s successful life as a registered nurse, and her untimely death. “Laura’s...

    • Posted April 21, 2016
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