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Angela Kennecke is a journalist who lost her 21-year-old daughter Emily to fentanyl poisoning on May 16, 2018. Angela is "grieving out loud" to try to put an end to this epidemic by stopping the stigma and promoting the treatment of substance use disorder as the disease it is. Anyone coping with loss and looking for inspiration can benefit from listening to this podcast.

Grieving Out Loud: A Mother Coping with Loss in the Opioid Epidemic Angela Kennecke

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.8 • 111 Ratings

Angela Kennecke is a journalist who lost her 21-year-old daughter Emily to fentanyl poisoning on May 16, 2018. Angela is "grieving out loud" to try to put an end to this epidemic by stopping the stigma and promoting the treatment of substance use disorder as the disease it is. Anyone coping with loss and looking for inspiration can benefit from listening to this podcast.

    Growing up in the shadow of addiction

    Growing up in the shadow of addiction

    Think back to your childhood—maybe you remember a classmate who misbehaved. Did you know what was happening at home? In Baleigh Cerv's case, she struggled with living with a father who suffered from alcohol addiction and was abusive.Unfortunately, her story is all too common. According to the latest data from the National Survey of Drug Use and Health, more than 46 million Americans suffer from substance use disorder. Alongside these millions are countless others who struggle with a family me...

    • 29 min
    A grieving father's fight to bring deadly drug dealers to justice

    A grieving father's fight to bring deadly drug dealers to justice

    Should drug dealers face prison time? It's a contentious issue with strong opinions on both sides. For years, law enforcement often treated drug overdose deaths as accidental or the fault of the victim. However, with a record surge in fentanyl-related fatalities in the United States, attitudes are evolving.The alarming rise in deaths has intensified pressure on narcotics investigators nationwide, from the DEA to local police forces, to pursue justice for grieving families. Unfortunately, seek...

    • 31 min
    Promising young entrepreneur dies after taking counterfeit percocet

    Promising young entrepreneur dies after taking counterfeit percocet

    At just 19 years old, Jack Nathan had a bright and promising future. He founded his own apparel company, Happy Jack, and generously donated some proceeds to support children struggling with mental health issues.However, a single decision changed everything. Jack's life was tragically cut short when he took what he thought was a Percocet, but it was a deadly dose of fentanyl.Hear the heartbreaking story of Jack's death, and learn how his mom, Bradi Harrison Nathan, is now dedicated to helping ...

    • 30 min
    The silent crisis of alcohol and women's liver disease

    The silent crisis of alcohol and women's liver disease

    Originally released on August 4th, 2022Deaths from alcohol-related liver disease are rising sharply among women. Today's guest, Dr. Jessica Mellinger, a liver specialist at the University of Michigan, has witnessed a 60% increase in waitlisting and transplants for patients with alcoholic hepatitis. She's on a mission to raise awareness about the true definition of moderate drinking in hopes of reversing this deadly trend. You might be surprised at how small amounts of alcohol can have signifi...

    • 31 min
    CEO launches passion project to educate others about grief

    CEO launches passion project to educate others about grief

    Grief—it's a heart-wrenching emotion that most of us will likely have to experience. Often, we're unprepared for the overwhelming pain and sorrow, and we struggle to know how to support friends who have lost loved ones.A Sioux Falls, South Dakota, businesswoman has started a passion project to educate others about grief following her mother's death. Natalie Eisenberg will share her insights on navigating grief, offer dos and don'ts for supporting loved ones dealing with loss, and explore how ...

    • 36 min
    A mother's urgent message on mental health and addiction

    A mother's urgent message on mental health and addiction

    Have you ever wondered how deeply intertwined mental health and addiction can be? According to reports published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, around half of those with serious mental health issues also struggle with substance use disorder. Experts say that certain substances can trigger mental health problems, while mental health struggles can lead to alcohol or drug abuse, creating a complex and often devastating cycle.Stephanie Marquesano knows this cycle all too well...

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
111 Ratings

111 Ratings

jobob30 ,

Very informative and healing podcast

I found this a few months after my son died. It made me feel not so alone in my grief. Thank you, Angela.

Ich bin e ,

Excellent podcast filled with inspirational guests

Anybody coping with loss of a loved one or friend will find this podcast helpful. Angela and guests are informative and insightful while helping to stop the stigma surrounding substance use disorder, and shining a light on the fentanyl epidemic that is overtaking our country. Highly recommend!

amdunlap ,

Addiction treatment

Dr. Statz-DeVries’ podcast was so insightful. It is incredibly helpful and hopeful to know that there are tools to treat this disease and practitioners out there who are qualified and succeeding at treating the addiction crisis in our country. She explains addiction and successful treatment clearly and concisely in a way that takes the stigma out of it. Everyone who knows someone with addiction should listen to this.

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