What are the connections between poverty, mental illness and addiction? Does the stress of poverty drive people to seek escape in drugs? Or do mental illness and addiction place families in poverty, and keep them there? Producer Dawn Dreyer knows from experience that mental illness, like poverty and addiction, can span generations. Her desire to explore these relationships led her to a residential drug treatment center in Durham. For our series \”North Carolina Voices: Understanding Poverty\” she spent six weeks working with a group of women in a writing workshop at TROSA – Triangle Residential Options for Substance Abusers.