• Maggie Hunt has turned her addiction recovery into a passion for helping others. Photo provided by Janice Ballenger
    Mindful Maggie: An addiction success story

    This is one story in a series on addiction written by Janice Ballenger, who works at Retreat at Lancaster County, a 175-bed inpatient addiction center in Ephrata. She has a burning passion to raise awareness and offer...

    • Posted November 1, 2017
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  • Travis’ trials and triumph

    This is one story in a series on addiction written by Janice Ballenger, who works at Retreat at Lancaster County, a 175-bed inpatient addiction center in Ephrata. She has a burning passion to raise awareness and offer...

    • Posted July 12, 2017
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  • Janice Ballenger, a former long-term care facility nurse, has found her calling at Retreat at Lancaster County, a 175-bed inpatient addiction center in Ephrata.
    Lessons learned

    The series on the addiction crisis facing our society is written by Janice Ballenger, who works at Retreat at Lancaster County, a 175-bed inpatient addiction center in Ephrata. Working closely with addicts, she has a burning passion...

    • Posted March 8, 2017
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  • Frank’s Fumble: Opioid addiction nearly stole his future away

    Home from Kutztown University for fall break, Frank was playing football with friends in his family’s backyard in Warwick Township. Running through the yard with the football, he didn’t notice the small tree stump, fell, and fumbled...

    • Posted November 30, 2016
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  • ‘Sara’s Struggles’: Not all addiction stories have a sad ending

    “Sara’s Struggles” is part of a series of stories on the addiction crisis facing our society. The stories are written by Janice Ballenger, who works at Retreat at Lancaster County, a premiere 175-bed addiction center in Ephrata....

    • Posted October 26, 2016
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  • Janice Ballenger as deputy coroner was photographed praying following her experience at the West Nickel Mines Amish school massacre. Photo courtesy of The Washington Post
    Ten years later: Remembering the Nickel Mines Amish school massacre

    On Monday, Oct. 2, 2006, I stood inside the West Nickel Mines Amish one-room school house, desperately searching for one square tile on the floor that didn’t have a speck of bright red blood on it. I...

    • Posted September 28, 2016
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  • Lucky to be alive: An abuse victim’s story

    “Erin’s Escape” is part of a series of stories on the addiction crisis facing our society. The stories are written by Janice Ballenger, who works at Retreat at Lancaster County, a premiere 160-bed addiction center in Ephrata....

    • Posted August 24, 2016
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  • You are not alone!

    Circle of Support meets at Lititz Moravian Church; next gathering is Sept. 7 Let’s face it, you can’t open a paper or magazine, turn on television or surf the Internet without hearing about the struggles of addiction....

    • Posted August 24, 2016
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  • Never lose hope: Vic’s Victory

    Vic’s Victory: As told by a life-long Ephrata resident In the decades that spawned the Vietnam War; Star Wars; lava lamps; Pac Man; Rubik Cubes and Swatch watches, Vic was among many doing things other than having...

    • Posted July 23, 2016
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  • Photo: Captured Memories Photography
    Out of Tears: A parent’s perspective on addiction

    “Out of Tears” is one story in a monthly series on the addiction crisis facing our society. The series is written by Janice Ballenger, who works at Retreat at Lancaster County, a premiere 160-bed addiction treatment center...

    • Posted June 23, 2016
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