The Local Lens

The True Roots of Recovery - Part Two - Dr. Alex Elswick

September 29, 2021 The Local Lens Season 2 Episode 17
The Local Lens
The True Roots of Recovery - Part Two - Dr. Alex Elswick
Show Notes

The Local Lens is a public health podcast going inside one community's experience with the drug epidemic. Everyone in the town of Stanton, KY sees this drug issue differently from each other, either because of their personal lives or professional roles. This show aims to showcase those different perspectives by having honest, in-depth interviews.

This episode is Part Two of our conversation with Alex Elswick. To put it briefly, Elswick became addicted to prescription opiates and heroine, then was homeless a while, then started recovery, then became a professor at UK, and at some point cofounded a nonprofit in Lexington (Voices of Hope).

His experiences have shaped his philosophies and approach to recovery, and in this episode, we dig deep into these. His ideas center around one key point: he is where he is now because of his privilege and access to resources. Nowadays, his goal is to extend this advantage to anyone who wants it.

These are our people, using our voices, telling our stories, because no one sees it like we do.

Mentioned Episodes:
Krista Newton - Taking a Hard Look Back
Paula Adams - The Effects on the Family

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The Local Lens is sponsored by Kentucky Opioid Community Healing (from the Kentucky Rural Health Information Organization) and Powell County CARES (from the Powell County Health Department).

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