Reckoning with addiction: Deciding to name the elephant

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By John Inscore Essick

On a cold morning in January 2015, Bonnie Ethington interrupted her husband’s rabbit hunting with a devastating phone call:  “Wayne, come home. Wally is dead.”  Ethington couldn’t bear to enter the house where Wally, 49, and his girlfriend died together of a drug overdose just outside Defoe.  She wouldn’t see his body again until the funeral visitation, when grieving his loss and greeting their family and friends became a singular act of love for the Ethingtons’ only son.  

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