Lake County, IL, is experiencing an increase in drug overdoses. According to the Lake County Coroner’s Office statistics, drug-related overdose deaths have already surpassed last year’s total number of deaths for the entire year.
Northern Illinois Recovery Community Organization (NIRCO) has partnered with Buehler Center for Health Policy and Economics, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University addressing health barriers in long-term recovery for persons of color. The project will bring together community organizations, government, representatives, policymakers, service providers, academic researchers, and persons with lived substance misuse experienceâ€’.
Carmen, 54, Lake County resident, shares how her health concerns connect to her long-term recovery success.
“My recovery and my weight loss journey started at 53-years-old. I was 284 pounds and a size 24. I made a conscious decision to do a complete lifestyle change, no drugs and alcohol, and no food to substitute my addiction. Exercise eat different [to] think different [and]