Square dance calling — the spoken instructions said over the music — makes participation easy. But there are other aspects — like the prevalence of gendered language such as “ladies and gents” — that can make square dancing an unwelcoming or confusing space. One group of friends in the Appalachian square dance scene are taking action to make the tradition more welcoming for all participants.Continue Reading Take Me to More News
Not everyone looks at the increased availability of alcoholic beverages quite the same way. Some people struggle with it. Alcohol is, after all, a socially acceptable, legal drug.
Inside Appalchia guest host Liz McCormick sat down with two professionals from West Virginia University who run a program that helps students cope with alcohol. Cathy Yura is the Director of the West Virginia University Collegiate Recovery Program and Andrew Caryl, her co-worker, who is himself in recovery.
If you or someone you know is struggling with substance use disorder, including alcoholism, or if you have a question about recovery, here are some resources:
- The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: 1-800-662-HELP
- National Drug Rehab Hotline: (24/7 crisis intervention) 1-888-459-5511
- HELP4WV – http://www.help4WV.com (844) 435-7498)
This story is part of an Inside Appalachia episode exploring the alcohol culture and industry in Appalachia.