Newark Advocate: Community advises more coping skills needed to combat addiction

NEWARK - Stephen Hunt's addiction crept up on him. 

It started as going to bars with friends and spiraled into using crack cocaine, said Hunt, a life-long resident of Newark.

"You're trying to enjoy life and you thought you had found the enjoyment in using a substance that would energize you," he said. "I didn't know about the facts of what addiction looked like until after the pain, until after the years of doing it and realizing something was wrong and I needed help.

"I was trapped. I was trapped by something that had a hold of me and I didn't know how to get out. It sneaks up on you."

Hunt was one of about 120 people to attend a community roundtable about addiction Tuesday night at Thirty One West in Newark. Participants talked about causes of the addiction crisis and possible solutions.

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