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grace in addiction recovery

This is fantastic! The American Heritage School’s Lyceum Philharmonic teamed up with The Other Side Academy to make a video — and a point — about substance abuse and second chances. The point? That there can be grace in addiction recovery. In fact, there can be Amazing Grace. And there needs to be too. Indeed, […]

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why whitney matters

The good folks at Healthline have issued an engaging analysis of why Whitney matters to an America in the grips of addiction, as well as to the American families addiction has affected. So engaging was the analysis, in fact, that we at the Schnellenberger Family Foundation thought it well worth summarizing. The piece, entitled “Addiction […]

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granite mountain hotshots

On June 30, 2013 Arizona’s Yarnell Hill Fire killed 19 members of Prescott Fire Department’s Granite Mountain Hotshots. The fire, which ended up burning 8400 acres, was the deadliest U.S. wildfire since the 1991 East Bay Hills fire (which killed 25 people), and the deadliest wildland fire for U.S. firefighters since the 1933 Griffith Park […]

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This story is not about addiction. It is however about a societal crisis involving addiction. Yes, we mean the opioid crisis. And considering Mister Rogers so adroitly tackled such societal issues as racism, hate and suicide over the course of his 30-year-plus television run, it seems only natural to want to turn to the man […]

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“Addiction is a family disease. [And] having a loved one who is suffering with an addiction is hard. [In fact], regardless of where you come from, how much money you make or what you have achieved in life, it’s one of the hardest things you will ever face.” So says Coach Howard Schnellenberger in a […]

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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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