To The Brink And Back: When Loved Ones Struggle With Addiction

Aug 2, 2016

Over the past few months, we've been looking at the toll of addiction in Winnebago County. 

photo collage of Barry Falzone, who died from a drug overdose in 2011. His mother now works with the group Hope Over Addiction.

In this installment, we hear portions of a conversation between two women affected by it within their immediate family. Bonnie Falzone-Capriola lost her son, Barry, five years ago due to an overdose.

But first, you'll hear from a Rockford woman named Shannon who is raising a young child as her husband currently struggles with addiction. 

They talk about the struggle of stigma and places where they find support.

Shannon says it's important to her that others know, "Our loved ones are not defined by their addiction. They have other qualities, talents, etc. It is one aspect of their life. It is not what they are all about."