When does it stop being a party and start becoming a problem? Is there a way to steer clear of addiction?

Every Wednesday, Mike McGowan explores substance use disorders with expert guests.


Silver Linings

November 25, 2020 21 minutes

Dr. Shilagh Mirgain discusses the importance of gratitude for our physical, mental, and emotional health. Thanksgiving is a perfect time, even in difficult times, to shift our focus from our problems to our gifts. Dr. Mirgain is a Health and Sport Psychologist at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and can be reached at https://www.uwhealth.org/findadoctor/profile/shilagh-a-mirgain-phd/6930

Always Be a Light

November 18, 2020 24 minutes

Felicia Labatore’s son Clay was a shining light to all who knew him. Then, at age sixteen he took his life. Felicia discusses surviving her incredible pain and her journey to heal and help others address depression and substance use head on. Felicia can be reached through The Clay Davison Legacy Scholarship Fund at http://www.kenoshafoundation.org/scholarship-information/the-clay-davison-legacy/. Felicia’s YouTube video, “Fighting It’s in your DNA,” can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TiPebVybkf8&feature=emb_logo

Long Division

November 11, 2020 20 minutes

Dr. Leah Featherstone talks about how to manage contentious conversations and feelings around a variety of issues, from the Election to the Pandemic to Substance Use. Healthy boundaries and clear communication are keys to positive mental health. Dr. Featherstone can be reached at PSG CIP, 6233 39th Avenue, Kenosha, WI 53142. (262) 654-1004 [email protected]

Freshman Orientation

November 4, 2020 25 minutes

A panel of college freshman women discuss the impact that alcohol and other substance use had on the first weeks of their unique college experience in the midst of a pandemic . While there aren’t always answers to life’s questions, there are always opportunities for discussions.

What’s a Mother to Do?

October 28, 2020 29 minutes

Katie Oatsvall discusses her courageous journey to save her son and family from substance use disorder. What she has learned is that she has a journey of her own to travel and that the road is not always smooth. If you or anyone you know needs help with their journey, check out the Loved Ones Group at the Hope Council: https://www.hopecouncil.org/loved-ones-group/

Let’s All Go To The Fair

October 21, 2020 21 minutes

Debbie Rueber, Health Services Coordinator for Kenosha County, talks about the upcoming Behavioral Health Resource Fair. In a time of increased substance use, depression, and stress, the Kenosha County Division of Aging and Disability Services is offering a Community Resource Fair on October 24th from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Holy Spirit Community Church, 5900 11th Avenue. See the event flyer at http://bit.ly/KCBHfair. If you just need someone to talk, to Text HOME to 741741 to reach a Crisis Counselor.


October 19, 2020 23 minutes

Tod Ohnstad and Crystal Miller discuss the state’s role in addressing substance use disorders. Mr. Ohnstad and Ms. Miller are candidates for Wisconsin’s 65th Legislative Assembly District. They discuss the role of the state in prevention, intervention, and treatment.

The Fork in the Road

October 14, 2020 25 minutes

“Erin” shares her journey into recovery from opiates and alcohol. While reaching out for help was scary and difficult for her, continuing to use mood-altering substances was intolerable. If you or anyone you know needs help, it can start with a phone call: 262-554-6611; You can also find AA meetings here: https://mtg.area75.org/meetings.html?dist=7 and NA meetings here: https://www.sefana.net/meetings.php 

Life Jackets Come in Every Size

October 7, 2020 28 minutes

David Galbis-Reig, MD, talks about treatment options and recovery from Substance Use Disorders. Dr. Galbis-Reig is the Medical Director of Addiction Services at Ascension Wisconsin All Saints and the President of the Wisconsin Society of Addiction Medicine. He is passionate about providing education and treatment resources to decrease prescription drug abuse and the burden of addiction to opioids in Racine and Kenosha Counties in Wisconsin.

Out of the Darkness

September 30, 2020 18 minutes

Gianna Anderson and Ryan Deglow discuss medication for addiction treatment options for opiate abuse. Gianna is a Public Health Nurse with Kenosha County Division of Health, and Ryan is the Supervisor at Professional Services Group’s Comprehensive Alcohol and Drug Treatment Program/Opiate Diversion Program. Ryan can be contacted at 262-654-1004 or email, [email protected].