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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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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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“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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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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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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