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Like too many men, Brad McLeod didn’t think he’d become an addict. He didn’t seek out his first dose of opioid painkillers either. He didn’t need to. Because his pills came straight from a doctor who prescribed them after a hernia surgery. And, like too many men, McLeod had no idea what he was in […]

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The news is abuzz with Demi Lovato’s relapse. Most folks agree with the former Disney star’s friend Iggy Azalea, who said she was “proud” of Lovato for “having the courage” to admit relapse. We agree. It does take a certain courage to come clean about relapsing, especially in song. And Demi Lovato’s relapse song just […]

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A Happy Father’s Day Father-son duo Rick and Eric Dyer share more than just DNA and a last name. Their bond stems from a mutual struggle with a sometimes hereditary and deadly disease: opioid addiction. “He was absent. He was lost, and I knew it. I knew what that feeling looked like,” said 66-year-old Rick […]

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How’s Rob Reiner on addiction? Well, if you judge by the legendary director’s recent appearance at the Biotechnology Innovation Organization’s (BIO) International Convention in Boston, he’s as honest and as candid as can be. Why? Because Reiner’s been personally stricken by addiction. And he’s also put it on the big screen. The film’s called Being […]

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Meet Amanda Southworth Amanda Southworth estimates she’s been mentally ill for more than half her life. She says she’s attempted suicide at least seven times. In fact, Southworth used to send her future self emails that reflected her feelings of isolation and worthlessness: “I hope you’re not alive to get this email.” She daydreamed at […]

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It is with very heavy hearts that today we are remembering Anthony Bourdain. Bourdain, star of CNN’s widely-acclaimed food adventure series “Parts Unknown,” was found dead in his French hotel room. The cause of death was suicide. He was 61. The Smithsonian once called Bourdain “the original rock star” of the culinary world, reminded CNN. […]

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The Stigma: Then & Now When Tony Kushner’s Angels in America originally debuted in 1991, HIV/AIDS was considered a death sentence. It also slapped with a stigma that isolated and ostracized those with the disease, as well as their families. The same type of stigma is happening now with substance abuse and the opioid epidemic. […]

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