17 episodes

Opioid addiction is a national public health crisis that affects individuals and families regardless of their age, race, or income. The statistics are overwhelming – more than 130 people die from opioid addiction every day (1). Sadly, stigma and fear of judgment often discourage people from seeking help or even talking about their experiences with opioid misuse. But, there is hope. Recovery is possible.

“Someone You Know” is a grassroots public awareness effort of the Independence Blue Cross Foundation to reduce the stigma of opioid addiction and inspire hope in our communities.
Tune in to this podcast to hear inspiring stories that challenge stigma and humanize the disease of addiction. Heather Major, Manager of Programs for the Independence Blue Cross Foundation, will guide you through conversations that explore the pain of addiction and the joys of a life in recovery.

Make sure to subscribe, and check back in May for more stories from someone you know.

Wherever you are on your journey—whether you’re struggling with addiction, grieving the loss of someone, or supporting someone in recovery—help is available. Please visit our website for information, resources and inspiration: www.ibxfoundation.org/SYK

TM 2020 Someone You Know. All Rights Reserved.

(1) https://www.drugabuse.gov/drugs-abuse/opioids/opioid-overdose-crisis

Disclaimers
This podcast contains opinionated content and may not reflect the opinions of any organizations this podcast is affiliated with.
This podcast discusses opioid use and opioid treatment and may be triggering for some listeners. Listener discretion is advised.
This podcast is for informational purposes only. Listeners are advised to do their own diligence when it comes to making decisions that may affect their health. Patients in need of medical advice should consult their personal health care provider. The purpose of this podcast is to educate and to inform. It is not a substitute for professional care by a doctor or other qualified medical professional.

Someone You Know: Facing the Opioid Crisis Together Independence Blue Cross Foundation

    • Health & Fitness
    • 5.0 • 21 Ratings

Opioid addiction is a national public health crisis that affects individuals and families regardless of their age, race, or income. The statistics are overwhelming – more than 130 people die from opioid addiction every day (1). Sadly, stigma and fear of judgment often discourage people from seeking help or even talking about their experiences with opioid misuse. But, there is hope. Recovery is possible.

“Someone You Know” is a grassroots public awareness effort of the Independence Blue Cross Foundation to reduce the stigma of opioid addiction and inspire hope in our communities.
Tune in to this podcast to hear inspiring stories that challenge stigma and humanize the disease of addiction. Heather Major, Manager of Programs for the Independence Blue Cross Foundation, will guide you through conversations that explore the pain of addiction and the joys of a life in recovery.

Make sure to subscribe, and check back in May for more stories from someone you know.

Wherever you are on your journey—whether you’re struggling with addiction, grieving the loss of someone, or supporting someone in recovery—help is available. Please visit our website for information, resources and inspiration: www.ibxfoundation.org/SYK

TM 2020 Someone You Know. All Rights Reserved.

(1) https://www.drugabuse.gov/drugs-abuse/opioids/opioid-overdose-crisis

Disclaimers
This podcast contains opinionated content and may not reflect the opinions of any organizations this podcast is affiliated with.
This podcast discusses opioid use and opioid treatment and may be triggering for some listeners. Listener discretion is advised.
This podcast is for informational purposes only. Listeners are advised to do their own diligence when it comes to making decisions that may affect their health. Patients in need of medical advice should consult their personal health care provider. The purpose of this podcast is to educate and to inform. It is not a substitute for professional care by a doctor or other qualified medical professional.

    Facing the Opioid Crisis Together: How digital tools can increase inclusion in recovery (Murphy Jensen)

    Facing the Opioid Crisis Together: How digital tools can increase inclusion in recovery (Murphy Jensen)

    Murphy Jensen is a former professional tennis player who co-founded a digital health management company, WEconnect, to support others in the recovery community.
    In this episode, we hear about Murphy’s journey with substance misuse and recovery, while exploring the importance of digital tools when bridging the gap in equitable access to care. Murphy discusses how his own recovery journey has impacted him to help others battling with Substance Use Disorder.
    Murphy has a new feature documentary coming out soon called “Born to Serve.” The film explores the cultural impact to the world of tennis of the Jensen brothers during the 1990’s, and how addiction recovery took Murphy in a direction beyond his wildest dreams. You can watch the trailer here.
    Hosted by Heather Major, Executive Director, Independence Blue Cross Foundation.
    Recovery is possible, and help is available. Please visit our website for more information, resources and inspiration: www.ibxfoundation.org/SYK
    TM 2022 Someone You Know®. All Rights Reserved.
    Disclaimers
    This podcast contains opinionated content and may not reflect the opinions of any organizations this podcast is affiliated with.
    This podcast discusses opioid use, opioid treatment, and physical and psychological trauma, which may be triggering for some listeners. Listener discretion is advised.
    This podcast is solely for informational purposes. Listeners are advised to do their own diligence when it comes to making decisions that may affect their health. Patients in need of medical advice should consult their personal health care provider. The purpose of this podcast is to educate and to inform. It is not a substitute for professional care by a doctor or other qualified medical professional.

    • 17 min
    Facing the Opioid Crisis Together: A Conversation with U.S. Rep. Madeleine Dean and Harry Cunnane

    Facing the Opioid Crisis Together: A Conversation with U.S. Rep. Madeleine Dean and Harry Cunnane

    United States Representative Madeleine Dean and her son Harry Cunnane recently joined Independence Blue Cross’ Someone You Know Associate Resource Group for a virtual town hall. The discussion was moderated by Patrick Flynn, Government Affairs Specialist and Co-lead of the Someone You Know Associate Resource Group, with an introduction by Stephen P. Fera, Executive Vice President of Public Affairs.
    In this episode, host Heather Major narrates the virtual town hall event, which highlights Harry’s personal journey to recovery, how Rep. Dean is advocating for federal funding of collegiate recovery programs, and the inspiration behind their memoir, “Under Our Roof: A Son's Battle for Recovery, a Mother's Battle for Her Son.”
    Hosted by Heather Major, Executive Director, Independence Blue Cross Foundation.
    Recovery is possible, and help is available. Please visit our website for more information, resources and inspiration: www.ibxfoundation.org/SYK
    TM 2021 Someone You Know®. All Rights Reserved.
    Disclaimers
    This podcast contains opinionated content and may not reflect the opinions of any organizations this podcast is affiliated with.
    This podcast discusses opioid use, opioid treatment, and physical and psychological trauma, which may be triggering for some listeners. Listener discretion is advised.
    This podcast is solely for informational purposes. Listeners are advised to do their own diligence when it comes to making decisions that may affect their health. Patients in need of medical advice should consult their personal health care provider. The purpose of this podcast is to educate and to inform. It is not a substitute for professional care by a doctor or other qualified medical professional.

    • 32 min
    Facing the Opioid Crisis Together: Staying Committed to Recovery (John F. White, Jr. & Kyle Shearer)

    Facing the Opioid Crisis Together: Staying Committed to Recovery (John F. White, Jr. & Kyle Shearer)

    The Honorable John F. White, Jr. is the President & CEO of The Consortium, a Philadelphia-based nonprofit that provides holistic, community-based services for the empowerment and recovery of all who seek assistance with behavioral health and substance use. Kyle Shearer is a client of The Consortium who benefited from its services throughout his journey to recovery.
    In this episode, we discuss staying committed to recovery during times of transition, the pandemic’s impact on individuals struggling with addiction, and the value of support services that address the social determinants of health.
    For more information on The Consortium, visit https://consortiuminc.org.  
    Hosted by Heather Major, Executive Director, Independence Blue Cross Foundation.
    Recovery is possible, and help is available. Please visit our website for more information, resources and inspiration: www.ibxfoundation.org/SYK
    TM 2021 Someone You Know®. All Rights Reserved.
    Disclaimers
    This podcast contains opinionated content and may not reflect the opinions of any organizations this podcast is affiliated with.
    This podcast discusses opioid use, opioid treatment, and physical and psychological trauma, which may be triggering for some listeners. Listener discretion is advised.
    This podcast is solely for informational purposes. Listeners are advised to do their own diligence when it comes to making decisions that may affect their health. Patients in need of medical advice should consult their personal health care provider. The purpose of this podcast is to educate and to inform. It is not a substitute for professional care by a doctor or other qualified medical professional.

    • 29 min
    Facing the Opioid Crisis Together: Putting it to the Test (Angela Smith & Kristen Harootunian)

    Facing the Opioid Crisis Together: Putting it to the Test (Angela Smith & Kristen Harootunian)

    Angela Smith is the Head of School at The Bridge Way School, Philadelphia’s first recovery high school. Kristen Harootunian is a Bridge Way School alumni and public speaker in active recovery.
    In this episode, we discuss the challenges young people face when overcoming addiction, the impact of recovery resources in high schools, and how The Bridge Way School creates a learning environment that helps students succeed in their recovery journey.
    For more information on The Bridge Way School, visit www.thebridgewayschool.org.
    Hosted by Heather Major, Executive Director, Independence Blue Cross Foundation.
    Recovery is possible, and help is available. Please visit our website for more information, resources and inspiration: www.ibxfoundation.org/SYK
    TM 2021 Someone You Know®. All Rights Reserved.
    Disclaimers
    This podcast contains opinionated content and may not reflect the opinions of any organizations this podcast is affiliated with.
    This podcast discusses opioid use, opioid treatment, and physical and psychological trauma, which may be triggering for some listeners. Listener discretion is advised.
    This podcast is solely for informational purposes. Listeners are advised to do their own diligence when it comes to making decisions that may affect their health. Patients in need of medical advice should consult their personal health care provider. The purpose of this podcast is to educate and to inform. It is not a substitute for professional care by a doctor or other qualified medical professional.

    • 31 min
    Facing the Opioid Crisis Together: Family Ties (Mary FitzGerald & Briana Cunningham)

    Facing the Opioid Crisis Together: Family Ties (Mary FitzGerald & Briana Cunningham)

    Mary FitzGerald is the CEO of Eluna, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting children and families impacted by grief or addiction through innovative resources and programs. Briana Cunningham is a public affairs specialist at Independence Blue Cross, whose family has been impacted by substance use disorder.
    In this episode, we discuss Briana’s experience throughout her sister’s struggle with addiction, how her family has navigated the journey, and how Eluna provides children with the tools to help restore hope and break the intergenerational cycle of addiction.
    For more information on Eluna, visit https://elunanetwork.org. To access the Eluna Resource Center, visit https://elunanetwork.org/resources.
    Hosted by Heather Major, Executive Director, Independence Blue Cross Foundation.
    Recovery is possible, and help is available. Please visit our website for more information, resources and inspiration: www.ibxfoundation.org/SYK
    TM 2021 Someone You Know®. All Rights Reserved.
    Disclaimers
    This podcast contains opinionated content and may not reflect the opinions of any organizations this podcast is affiliated with.
    This podcast discusses opioid use, opioid treatment, and physical and psychological trauma, which may be triggering for some listeners. Listener discretion is advised.
    This podcast is solely for informational purposes. Listeners are advised to do their own diligence when it comes to making decisions that may affect their health. Patients in need of medical advice should consult their personal health care provider. The purpose of this podcast is to educate and to inform. It is not a substitute for professional care by a doctor or other qualified medical professional.

    • 37 min
    Facing the Opioid Crisis Together: The Pressure to Perform (Chris Herren)

    Facing the Opioid Crisis Together: The Pressure to Perform (Chris Herren)

    Chris Herren is a former professional basketball player turned author, speaker, and advocate for the recovery community.
    In this episode, we hear about Chris' journey with substance misuse and recovery, exploring the intersection between the pressure to perform and addiction. Chris discusses how he has used his platform to promote prevention education for students, athletes, and communities.
    Hosted by Heather Major, Executive Director, Independence Blue Cross Foundation. 
    Recovery is possible, and help is available. Please visit our website for more information, resources and inspiration: www.ibxfoundation.org/SYK. 
    TM 2021 Someone You Know(R). All Rights Reserved. 
    Disclaimers
    This podcast contains opinionated content and may not reflect the opinions of any organizations this podcast is affiliated with. 
    This podcast discusses opioid use, opioid treatment, and physical and psychological trauma, which may be triggering for some listeners. Listener discretion is advised. 
    This podcast is solely for informational purposes. Listeners are advised to do their own diligence when it comes to making decisions that may affect their health. Patients in need of medical advice should consult their personal health care provider. The purpose of this podcast is to educate and to inform. It is not a substitute for professional care by a doctor or other qualified medical professional.  

    • 29 min

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