When a step back into prison is really a jump forward on the road to recovery

Alexandria Niksik has been in and out of prison for seven years. Her most recent return home only lasted 16 days. But what might look like failure from the outside is actually a key step toward success and recovery from alcohol misuse.

Helping people who are homeless with improved behavioral health care

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Addressing issues of homelessness in Anchorage means improving the mental health care system.

U.S. Surgeon General: Use partnerships, end stigmas to stop opioid epidemic

The Surgeon General spoke about his approach to ending the opioid epidemic and its root causes.

In Palmer, Surgeon General says preventing addiction requires looking at larger community problems

The Surgeon General is traveling around Alaska talking about the opioid epidemic. Though he sees progress, he says the community needs to form new partnerships to address larger issues to get to the root of the problem. Listen now

Guiding peers on the path to recovery from addiction

The path to recovery from drug or alcohol addiction can be long, arduous, and isolating. Now people in the Mat-Su Valley have a new place to start the journey -- and guides to help them along the way.

Drawing on historical strengths to prevent problems in the future

When rural Alaska makes the headlines, the focus is often on things like suicide rates, alcohol use, and trauma. But one project in southwest Alaska shifts attention to strengths instead. Qungasvik was developed by Yup'ik people, for Yup'ik people and is proving to be an effective way to help youth in parts of southwest Alaska thrive.

To prevent suicide, little words can make a big difference

When thinking about suicide, sometimes just a few words of reassurance can make a huge difference. Here's one man's story.