Interview episode #7 is with John and Jude Trang - parents who lost their youngest child, John Leif, to a heroin overdose in 2014 at age 25.
Today John is an independent pharmaceutical researcher and consultant and Jude is a full-time advocate for addiction recovery treatment and author of Opiate Nation : A Memoir of Love, Loss & Acceptance.
This was an incredibly powerful episode and a must-watch for anyone who has lost a loved one to addiction or is currently struggling to know how best to address a loved ones active addiction.
John and Jude describe the early days of John Leif's addiction, they offer insight and guidance for parents who are just becoming aware of a child's addiction, their perspective on the opioid crisis and prevention strategies that we should be pursuing.
Other topics include:
- Impact of Trauma on Addiction
- Genetic Predisposition
- Brain Development in Early Years
- Family Histories of Addiction
- Advice to Parents
- Insights into Why Overdoses Continue to Rise
- Thoughts on Harm-Reduction / MAT Strategies
- Preventative Measure that Can Help
- Addiction Stigma
- Grief Processing
- What People Can Do to Help
You can read more of Jude's writing at OpiateNation.com and follow her on Instagram @judedimegliotrang.
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