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Buffalo Magazine: Weddings

Showstopping spreads From a heart-shaped doughnut pegboard to cake pops that look like mini-tuxedoes, Marisa Battaglia has made a career out of turning people’s wildest ideas into sweet Pinterest-worthy dessert tables. As owner and creative director of B Sweet Designs, she creates custom dessert tables for weddings and special events, paying attention to each detail—cu…

Buffalo Magazine: Weddings

Do “Go in open-minded. Listen to the girls who are working (at the store). They’re the ones who found my dress.” — Sarah “Show your personal style. Using little nods to your own tastes like bracelets, shoes or a pop of color can be fun and make the look your own.” — Taylor “Be secure in your decisions. Just know that you’ll know when it’s your dress.” — Natalie Don…

Buffalo Magazine: Weddings

Tens of thousands of wedding dresses are purchased each year—but to the individual brides selecting their gowns, it’s a unique, personal experience. The shopping process can be highly emotional, delightful and stressful all at the same time. So we asked five local brides to share what wedding dress shopping was like for them. And (no surprise) each had a unique story to te…

People who struggle with addiction oftentimes don’t choose to make bad decisions. Their brains are affected by the substances they abuse. Dr. Paul Updike, Catholic Health Medical Director, Substance Use Treatment Services, said brain chemistry is affected by opioids in different ways, including impact to the frontal lobe — which is an area of the brain that is involved …

On both the federal and state level, local groups and leaders are pushing for a change to relieve the opioid crisis. A specific regulation was updated last year, and the change went into effect in March 2017. The update allows facilities such as Horizon Health Services to be included in the exchange of information using new health care models. This means substance ab…

Chronic. Progressive. Fatal. That’s how Colleen Babcock, parent and family support coordinator at Horizon Health Services, characterizes addiction. Opioid addiction has grown in the past decade, particularly in the past couple years. The National Institute on Drug Abuse estimated there were more than 72,000 drug overdose deaths in 2017. Of those overdose deaths, the …

Alcohol: juice, cold ones, brewskies, poison, booze, hooch and sauce Cocaine: coke, blow, powder, sugar, nose candy, dust, toot, snow, sneeze, lines, base and rock (crack) Hallucinogens: Ecstasy: E, X and XTC Lysergic Acid Diethylamide: LSD, acid, blotter, beast, blue cheer, dot, lucy in the sky with diamonds and blue heaven Phencyclidine: PCP, angel dust,…

Do you suspect a child, friend or loved one may be abusing opioids? Here are some signs to watch out for. (Note that demonstrating a few of these signs does not automatically mean your loved one has an addiction.) Physical & health-related warning signs Red eyes or pupils larger/smaller than usual Runny nose Loss of interest in physical appearance Sudden…

R. David Fenske III’s struggles began at 7 years young when his dad left home; he struggled with feelings of abandonment and not feeling loved. I took him for counseling because he didn’t want to eat, sleep or talk to anyone. The counselors diagnosed him as mildly suicidal, with anxiety and depression. David’s way of coping with his emotions was to excel at sports. To p…

With education on opioids and opioid addiction on the rise, some teens are turning to different kinds of drugs, said Jessica Hutchings. She runs Kids Escaping Drugs’ Face 2 Face Program, which provides early education and addiction intervention. One of the main substances that kids in the early stages of addiction are using currently is tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC — oi…

You can’t open a phone book to “addiction” and find a multitude of resources. Especially five years ago, which is when Colleen Babcock went to the CEO of Horizon Health Services and asked her to create a family liaison position for her. Babcock knows first-hand what it’s like to have a family member who struggles with addiction. She said it was difficult for her to find…

Many believe opioid addiction is a choice. It is not, said Jessica Hutchings, who works at Kids Escaping Drugs. Misconceptions about addiction can cause those addicted, or their families, to feel like they will be judged when they reach out for help, which can affect their recovery process, said Anne Constantino, CEO of Horizon Health Services. “The most important th…

Many people think the opioid crisis is not going to affect them. “They think, ‘Not my kid.’ ‘Not my husband,’ but there are no guarantees against it,” said Anne Constantino, CEO of Horizon Health Services. “No amount of education, no amount of privilege, no amount of opportunity protects somebody from the possibility of this disease happening.” Constantino said she’s…

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Our son Paul was 31 years old when he passed away from a heroin overdose on Sept. 14, 2017. Paul was an outgoing, friendly, kind and caring person. He had a close relationship with his sister and us. He was prescribed opiates for back pain in his early 20s, which led to a 10-year struggle with addiction. He continued to be prescribed painkillers until he enlisted in …