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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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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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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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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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