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By sharing the personal narratives of those affected by the opioid and addiction epidemic, we can help erase the stigma. Listen. Learn. Share your story.

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    • Documentary
    • 4.7 • 9 Ratings

By sharing the personal narratives of those affected by the opioid and addiction epidemic, we can help erase the stigma. Listen. Learn. Share your story.

    Ben Heldfond -Accountable in Recovery & Love

    Ben Heldfond -Accountable in Recovery & Love

    Drugs and alcohol may have dulled the pain of Ben Heldfond’s youth, but they did not make the pain go away. 

    In recovery he learned lessons about accountability that finally helped him process the pain – lessons which he would apply to all aspects of his life.

    “Our Happy Divorce,” the book he co-wrote with his ex-wife, Nikki DeBartolo, about their journey to successful co-parenting and lasting friendship, was published in October 2019.

    • 11 min
    Michael King -Politics & Addiction

    Michael King -Politics & Addiction

    Change doesn’t come about on a national scale without strategic planning and organizing.  Just ask Michael King.

    Michael spent a decade organizing & running political campaigns around the US.  Now, as the Director and Creator of The Communities Project, he’s taking that expertise to communities across the country to align their voices and combat addiction through organizing.

    But first he had to work through his own addictions to alcohol and gambling.

    • 10 min
    Jam Alker - Breaking Barriers

    Jam Alker - Breaking Barriers

    When musician Jam Alker entered treatment in 2014 he took his guitar with him and began writing songs about his struggles. He discovered the creative process allowed him to lean into his feelings instead of trying to numb them. Now Alker takes his message of music's healing powers across the country, playing concerts, speaking to students, and leading workshops. He also works with Recovery Unplugged. Check him out www.JamAlker.com.

    • 11 min
    Denise Williams -My Twin Sons

    Denise Williams -My Twin Sons

    About ten years ago, Denise Williams found herself trying to navigate the intersection of mental illness and addiction with her twin sons, Ryan and Matt.

    She wishes she had been better prepared.

    • 16 min
    Paula Fish -Drug Court

    Paula Fish -Drug Court

    There are currently more than 3,000 drug courts in the United States. The one in Anne Arundel County, Maryland continues to expand. Drug Court manager, Paula Fish, explains how it works and why it saves lives.

    • 7 min
    Maureen Cavanagh -Maternal Instincts

    Maureen Cavanagh -Maternal Instincts

    Maureen Cavanagh is the founder of Magnolia New Beginnings, a non profit nationwide peer support group for those affected by substance use disorder. Her memoir, "If You Love Me: a Mother's Journey through her Daughter's Opioid Addiction" was published in September 2018.

    • 7 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
9 Ratings

9 Ratings

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Honestly, this is the best of the drug podcasts.

Hands down. Most drug podcasts are filled with unskilled interviewing, psychobabble, political angling, and shilling for for-profit recovery houses. Here’s one that simply focuses on stories, which, in the end, is the most helpful thing for an addict or an addict’s family & loved ones to hear. I only wish there were more stories more frequently.

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