Lexington Herald-Leader journalist David Stephenson’s collection of audio slideshows titled “A New Dawn” follows Dawn Nicole Smith’s struggle with addiction and puts a human face on a very important story.
Many of us know someone touched by addiction, whether to drugs or alcohol. But what we don’t understand – unless we’re living with the person – is the true degree of destruction it can have on a life.
I knew that following Dawn Nicole Smith’s progress through Fayette County Drug Court could take more than a year. That’s how long it takes most addicts to finish the intensive treatment program, if they finish at all.
Well, more than 8,000 photos, 10 hours of audio and three years after we met Dawn in March 2004, we’re publishing her story.
It’s an poignant, extremely well-told story. Watch, learn and enjoy.