Doctor will share her journey of addiction and recovery

A recovering addict who also is a doctor will share her story next week.

Dr. Nicole T. Labor will appear Wednesday at the Wood County Educational Service Center.

The first 100 people who attend the 6 p.m. program will get a free copy of her book, “The Addictoholic Deconstructed: An irreverently quick and dirty education by a doctor.”

Registration is requested and can be done at https://forms.gle/jPJbPmDbJG6xetkB8.

Books also will be available for purchase for $10 each.

Labor is the medical director at OneEighty, a treatment center that offers inpatient and outpatient chemical dependency and behavioral health services in Wooster.

Her program, “The Addictoholic Deconstructed: Addiction 101” will explain addiction in a way that is easily understood by a layperson and clinical folks, said Kyle Clark, prevention education director for the WCESC.

“She understands the science, how easily things can fall apart and what recovery looks like,” he said.

Her book takes a look at addiction from multiple perspectives. The disease process is explained in easily digestible science with the author’s life experience, both professional and personal.

Dr. Labor graduated from the Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in BioBehavioral Health. She attended and graduated medical school in Erie Pennsylvania at the Lake Erie College of osteopathic medicine. She spends time educating healthcare professionals, churches, schools and community members on the disease of addiction and works to remove the stigma surrounding addiction. Many of her lectures have been unofficially recorded and are available on social media.

More than 100 people have registered for the event, and registrations are still being accepted, Clark said.

Every two years, the ESC conducts a survey of students grades 7-12 for alcohol and drug use.

Clark said while heroin use and addiction in the county is not a concern, parents need to remember to get rid of unused drugs.

There was a slight increase during the last survey of pain medication abuse, he said.

“It wasn’t a huge uptick but it was something for us to look at,” he said.

Clark said he hoped those who participate in the program will leave with a better understanding of addiction and help break the stigma.

“This is a disease, it is not a behavioral choice,” he said, and explained the disease affects the brain and creates cravings.

“Recovery can be successful,” he said.

This event is being provided at no cost, and is being sponsored by the Wood County Addiction Task Force, the Wood County Prevention Coalition and the Wood County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Metal Health Services Board.

There is plenty of free parking and everyone is welcome. Light refreshments will be provided.