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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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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“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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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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