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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“The day of his birth (Nov. 15, 1984), the day of his death (May 1, 2014), Mother’s Day and each of the other 362 days of the year — that’s how often Cindy Blom thinks about her firstborn and only son, Erik Lee Blom. “On May 1 it had been four years since Erik’s death,” […]

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The other day I was chatting with The Addict’s Mom’s own Barbara Theodosiou and she asked me, “What advice can you give mothers who have children that are still in active addiction?” “Learn how to say NO!,” I said. “Just how do we do that?”, asked Barbara. “PRACTICE!” “No” is sometimes the hardest thing to […]

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Sober Home Nightmare The Clements could be your typical small-town American family. Mom Claire’s a nurse. Dad Stephen’s a retired biomedical engineer. And son Paul’s an addict. Paul was an addict anyway. Until he ended up overdosing from heroin on another addict’s couch. That happened just months ago. Paul was 34. “My background is that […]

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Family Weekend Teaser We at the Schnellenberger Family Foundation are all super-excited about our upcoming Family Weekend. To mark the inaugural we’d like to share this tale from the mother of a fully recovered son. The mother, Katherine Ketcham, is The New York Times bestselling author and co-author of numerous books on addiction, including Broken […]

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From Celtic to Sobriety In 1994 Chris Herren had it all. The star of the Durfee High basketball team in Fall River, MA turned down offers from the likes of Kentucky and Duke in order to play for local powerhouse Boston College. In fact, Herren had so much going for him that Rolling Stone and […]

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Alcohol abuse and substance abuse not only affects the individual with the problem but also the entire family. That’s why we stress the importance of family in recovery. 5 Ways Family Members Can Support Their Loved Ones in Drug or Alcohol Recovery 1. Understand Extended Problems Even though your family member may have successfully completed […]

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On the surface, Jonathan was a handsome, shy, gentle kid with a warm and disarming demeanor. But underneath that exterior he struggled with anxiety and depression, which eventually spiraled into addiction, with all its sickening complexity. So writes U.S. Navy Admiral James Winnefeld (Ret) in The Atlantic. Winnefeld, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of […]

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