‘Rise Together’ to overcome and prevent addiction on CW 14

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This week on CW 14 Focus host Robert Hornacek was joined by two guests who have overcome addictions in their own lives and are now trying to prevent others from going down the same path.

Anthony Alvarado and Douglas Darby appeared on the program. Alvarado and Darby are the co-founders of Rise Together, a school-based, addiction prevention group in northeast Wisconsin. The group has given presentations to students at more than 150 schools.

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On the show, Alvarado and Darby shared their own struggles with addiction. They will also talk about the message they share with middle school and high school students and how addiction can be overcome.

"Let's be honest, we all go through our own struggles. We all have a hard time. And with me, yes, there were some bad choices," Alvarado said. "But I didn't choose to be an addict. I didn't want to live that way. And by no means, if I could've just quit these substances, I would've a long time ago. But you know what? If people could understand that this is more of a disease like diabetes or like cancer, there's going to be more compassion for those individuals that are struggling and we can truly treat it as a public health issue."

CW 14 Focus is a weekly, half-hour interview program that focuses on the issues important to people in northeast Wisconsin. Each week, Robert Hornacek will sit down with a different guest and go beyond the sound bites. The program will highlight the people making a difference in the community and give viewers an opportunity to get in depth perspective. CW 14 Focus airs Sundays at 10 a.m.

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