40 episodes

The Local Lens is a podcast from the Powell County Health Department where we dive into our community’s experience with the drug epidemic. Everyone in the community has a different vantage point of what the drug issue looks like, shaped by their personal lives and professional roles. In this show, we are showcasing as many of those perspectives as we can through honest and informative conversations. By broadcasting the conversations here, we hope to reduce stigma and begin to find solutions. These are our people, using our voices, telling our stories, because no one sees it like we do.

The Local Lens The Local Lens

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The Local Lens is a podcast from the Powell County Health Department where we dive into our community’s experience with the drug epidemic. Everyone in the community has a different vantage point of what the drug issue looks like, shaped by their personal lives and professional roles. In this show, we are showcasing as many of those perspectives as we can through honest and informative conversations. By broadcasting the conversations here, we hope to reduce stigma and begin to find solutions. These are our people, using our voices, telling our stories, because no one sees it like we do.

    More Than Sobriety - Brandon Hill

    More Than Sobriety - Brandon Hill

    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 features Brandon Hill from Addiction Recovery Care, a large treatment organization based in Louisa, KY.

    Brandon, himself, has been through ARC’s program and is now a leader of the company. In this episode, we talk about how Brandon found sobriety for himself and how he is now helping many others do the same.

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

    To hear more about ARC, check out our previous episode with Brandon Hill and Will Arvin where we dive into ARC’s Crisis to Career program.

    Keep up with The Local Lens on Facebook, Instagram (@thelocallens_podcast) or on their website.

    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).

    Find Powell County CARES on social media:
    https://www.facebook.com/powellcountycares
    Instagram: @powellcountycares

    • 26 min
    From Crisis to Career - Will Arvin and Brandon Hill from Addiction Recovery Care

    From Crisis to Career - Will Arvin and Brandon Hill from Addiction Recovery Care

    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.

    Over the course of running The Local Lens, we have heard plenty of people speak about how important having structure is to their recovery (Misty DeHart and Joshua Jones, to name a couple). In our previous episode, Will Arvin does the same.  An interesting detail of Will's comments on work, though, is job training was actually a part of his recovery program.

    Will went through Addiction Recovery Care's (ARC) Crisis to Career program. They address one of the largest challenges: getting convicted felons back into the workforce. To help us learn more about second chance employment and what ARC does to help, we brought on a second guest: Brandon Hill.

    Brandon Hill is (at the time of the interview) the deputy chief of staff, and is in long-term recovery, himself. In this episode, we get to hear from two people who have lived through the turnaround and have both experienced how vital employment is to their new lives. 

    Employment does so much for people in recovery. Immediately, it gives people a way to spend their time -- something to focus on. The job also gives a income that will support an independent life. More than anything else, though, a job gives people a sense of worth. It shows people there is potential for a better, brighter future, and that is the goal of ARC. From their website, “We create opportunities for people to discover hope and live their God-given destiny.”
    These are our people, using our voices, telling our stories, because no one sees it like we do.

    Keep up with The Local Lens on Facebook, Instagram (@thelocallens_podcast) or on their website.

    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).

    Find Powell County CARES on social media:
    https://www.facebook.com/powellcountycares
    Instagram: @powellcountycares

    • 28 min
    Bull by the Horns - Will Arvin's Story

    Bull by the Horns - Will Arvin's Story

    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.

    Will Arvin may as well be a rodeo cowboy. His story has enough twists, jerks and turns to rattle anybody. All that experience will change a person, and he is now in a position to try changing quite a few people.

    Will joins the show to tell his story, which hints on all kinds of long-standing problems of addiction and recovery. Will takes us from use in adolescent boredom, through jail, and into the near-impossible world of employment.

    This man has proved his resiliency and is giving hope to anyone willing to receive it.

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

    Keep up with The Local Lens on Facebook, Instagram (@thelocallens_podcast) or on their website.

    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).

    Find Powell County CARES on social media:
    https://www.facebook.com/powellcountycares
    Instagram: @powellcountycares

    • 36 min
    Some Challenges of Rural EMS - Shauna Staton

    Some Challenges of Rural EMS - Shauna Staton

    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.

    Shauna Staton has been working in the region as a first responder for 18 years, starting as a firefighter, then with the EMS, and now adding dispatching to the list. Stints spent working in this field rarely exceed 5 years, so she has pulled plenty of lessons from her 15 years.

    In the interview, we uncover some crossover between addiction and EMS work: mental health. We talk about how untreated mental health issues can lead to much worse problems down the road.

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

    Keep up with The Local Lens on Facebook, Instagram (@thelocallens_podcast) or on their website.

    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).

    Find Powell County CARES on social media:
    https://www.facebook.com/powellcountycares
    Instagram: @powellcountycares

    • 29 min
    Proactive Policing - Rob Williams

    Proactive Policing - Rob Williams

    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.

    Rob Williams has been working in the police force in this region since the mid 1980's. Over the course of his career, he has learned that drug abuse is the root of roughly 90% of the crime in our area.

    At some point, he changed his approach. He figured that if drug abuse is causing most of our crime, the best way to lower crime is to lower the drug abuse.

    The best practice for keeping crime low may be to give people better chances to live healthy lives.

    Keep up with The Local Lens on Facebook, Instagram (@thelocallens_podcast) or on their website.

    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).

    Find Powell County CARES on social media:
    https://www.facebook.com/powellcountycares
    Instagram: @powellcountycares

    • 29 min
    "There Is Hope" - Inside the S.P.A.R.K. Recovery Rally

    "There Is Hope" - Inside the S.P.A.R.K. Recovery Rally

    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.

    S.P.A.R.K. Ministries is a very active nonprofit based in Stanton, KY that is dedicated to helping people live in recovery. Each year, they hold a Recovery Rally to celebrate the resilient people who have made it through addiction and help other people who are starting their own fights against the disease. In this week's episode of The Local Lens, we go into this year's rally to capture the event.

    We've interviewed 7 different people in this episode to find out why they think this rally is important to them. The overwhelming and natural theme of the day is "hope..." everyone talked about hope. It seems to be about letting everyone else know they're not alone.

    If there's anyone we should be listening to about recovery, it's the people who have done it. These are our people, using our voices, telling our stories, because no one sees it like we do.

    Call S.P.A.R.K. with this number: (606) 344-4103

    Mentioned Episodes:
    Jenell Brewer of S.P.A.R.K. Ministries
    Lois Goodwin - The Chase
    The True Roots of Recovery - Part One - Dr. Alex Elswick

    Get Tabatha Wilson's book, "Guilt, Hurt, Shame, but Not Defeat."


    Keep up with The Local Lens on Facebook, Instagram (@thelocallens_podcast) or on their website.

    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).

    Find Powell County CARES on social media:
    https://www.facebook.com/powellcountycares
    Instagram: @powellcountycares

    • 28 min

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