September 1, 2004
WFAA-TV to present one-hour Family First special, "Addiction," in September as prime-time program
Dallas, TX -- It is a frightening, often painful situation for individuals and families. It is also likely you or someone you know has felt the effects of an addiction: from drinking and drug use to spending, eating, gambling and pornography.
Addictions can be among people's deepest, darkest secrets creating monumental struggle and heartbreaking turmoil within families. That is why WFAA's Family First (F1) decided to tackle the subject in a 1-hour, prime time special on Friday evening, September 10 at 7 p.m.
News 8 anchors Gloria Campos and John McCaa will host the program, which takes a close look at how addiction ruins lives and destroys families. "The program does not attempt to resolve the debate over whether addiction is a disease or a behavioral issue," said David Duitch, WFAA vice president of news, "however our special will identify the problems caused by addictive behavior, as well as highlighting solutions."
During the prime time program, F1 will introduce viewers to north Texans and their families who are dealing with addiction. Virtually all recovery programs urge anonymity, and for those in recovery to carry the message to others. Everyone featured in the television show voluntarily stepped forward to share intimate stories about their struggles and successes so that others might benefit. WFAA will identify participants only by their first names. Their stories are very personal, real and sometimes difficult to tell.
Duitch said the F1 program profiles a number of recovery programs which, he said, "May create awareness, new hope and pave the way to the road to healing."
In 1998 WFAA created a series of in-depth reports, in addition to a special community forum and a commercial-free edition of the station's 10 p.m. news to focus on a series of Heroin-related deaths among young people living in Plano, Texas. Earlier this year F1 held a special "Day in the Community" events in the Quad Cities, Frisco and Mesquite areas. Another Family First "Day in the Community" is scheduled for October in Denton, Texas.
"Our goal at Family First is to provide information, insight and perhaps some ways families can take action to become stronger and healthier," added Duitch.
F1 is an award winning, WFAA created, community outreach program sponsored by Verizon Super Pages and DR Horton Homes--America's Builder. Details are available online at www.wfaa.com/familyfirst.
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