Recovery court series

Links to the story series that ran July 18 and 19 and Nov. 14

A life in a tailspin, but then a wake-up call

A life in a tailspin, but then a wake-up call

Alcoholism has consumed about half of Matt Vaow's life, ruining relationships and nearly costing him his life.

Years in the making, now the real work begins

Years in the making, now the real work begins

Designed to help people with mental health and substance abuse issues whose lives intersect with police, Recovery Court opened in May after four years of planning by about 50 people in the criminal justice and mental health fields.

With team in his corner, addict finds 'new normal'

With team in his corner, addict finds 'new normal'

BLOOMINGTON -- Darrin Leasure recently learned something that not only has changed his life, but might have saved it. "I have a disease of the mind … I have a physical allergy to alcohol,” he said.

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