Friday, May 24 2013 9:01 AM EDT2013-05-24 13:01:21 GMT
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Legal woes are piling up for the leader of Georgia's Democratic Party. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports (http://bit.ly/199UTSo) that a lawsuit filed in Gwinnett CountyMore >>
A lawsuit filed in Gwinnett County this week accuses Mike Berlon of failing to distribute nearly $1 million from a trust he created for a friend and his son.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 11:45 PM EDT2013-05-24 03:45:38 GMT
A Cordele man is out of jail tonight, accused of stealing thousands of dollars worth of jewelry from his former employer. Crisp County Investigators say 25-year-old James Aultman stole more than $10,000More >>
A Cordele man is out of jail tonight, accused of stealing thousands of dollars worth of jewelry from his former employer.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 11:40 PM EDT2013-05-24 03:40:13 GMT
Albany Police are putting on a free gospel concert this weekend. It's free, but they will accept donations to fund the department's annual community picnic in June. Musical artists from around SouthMore >>
Albany Police are putting on a free gospel concert this weekend.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 11:35 PM EDT2013-05-24 03:35:30 GMT
A couple of South Georgia mayors attended a forum at the Albany Civil Rights Institute to enlighten the public on how city governments run, Thursday. Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard and Baconton Mayor AnnetteMore >>
A couple of South Georgia mayors attended a forum at the Albany Civil Rights Institute to enlighten the public on how city governments run, Thursday.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 11:28 PM EDT2013-05-24 03:28:35 GMT
Law enforcement agencies in Albany and Dougherty County are teaming up and strategically hitting the streets to make sure you stay safe this summer. Operation Takeback is a summer-long program to catchMore >>
Law enforcement agencies in Albany and Dougherty County are teaming up and strategically hitting the streets to make sure you stay safe this summer.More >>
January 31, 2005
Albany-- As the elderly population continues to grow and baby boomers move into their senior years, the number of older adults who abuse drugs from pain pills to marijuana and crack-cocaine is increasing. One local recovery center is working to meet the special needs of older addicts.
Many Senior adults are battling addictions to alcohol and pain killers, but they are also fighting addictions to street drugs.
One South Georgia Man in his senior years is finally ready to turn his life around to beat a serious addiction to alcohol and crack-cocaine.
Sixty-two-year-old Charles Wilkerson is a helping hand at Agape Recovery Outreach Institute . He's a reliable maintenance man and has remodeled an entire office after it was destroyed in a fire, but he's also there to get help for a major alcohol and drug addiction.
"Alcohol and drugs kind of destroyed me," he admits. Wilkerson began drinking in his early twenties. "I really got crossed up with this trying to follow the crowd, trying to be in the in-crowd, but after losing a successful painting business, spending about 10 years behind bars and disappointing loved ones over and over again. Now I know that was the biggest mistake I ever made in my life."
A mistake that also led to an addiction of Crack-cocaine that would keep his children constantly worried. "I want to try and straighten out so they can go on with their lives and they don't have to worry about, is dad out there in a ditch somewhere. I wonder is dad out there. I wonder if dad's done got killed?"
It took Wilkerson years to admit he needed help. "When you can't pay your water bill, light bill, pay your rent, cable bill as you know got to be paid, that's when your life comes unmanageable, and I realized my life had become unmanageable."
A life that he's working hard to improve. "You know things will work out."
Wilkerson believes he can beat his serious alcohol and drug addiction, but can only do it one day at a time.
Charles Wilkerson also told us today that he's had five friends in his age group die as a result of drug and alcohol addictions. About ten percent of Agape's clientele are senior adults.