A holistic approach to addiction on Overdose Awareness Day

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — A West Greenwich woman with a close connection to addiction is hoping to reduce the number of Rhode Island residents who suffer from opioid addiction, while also helping their families learn about the disease.

Catherine DeOrsey said, “For every person we lose, there’s a group of people that are left behind.”

DeOrsey’s brother was a Petty Officer in the U.S. Navy when he had an accident and was honorably discharged. He hurt his back in the accident and was prescribed pain killers recalls DeOrsey, “Back then he was getting pills like candy — hundreds of pills.”

After 20 years of battling alcohol and drug addiction, her brother David died.

DeOrsey went on her own healing journey and along the way knew she wanted to help others in their battle by using a holistic approach.  

She created her nonprofit called Integrative Healthcare Solutions and will be hosting a grief retreat in October.

For more information on the nonprofit, or if you or someone you know is battling addiction, click here.  

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