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By sharing the personal narratives of those affected by the opioid and addiction epidemic, we can help erase the stigma. Listen. Learn. Share your story.
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Jam Alker - Breaking Barriers
When musician Jam Alker entered treatment in 2014 he took his guitar with him and began writing songs about his struggles. He discovered the creative process allowed him to lean into his feelings instead of trying to numb them. Now Alker takes his message of music's healing powers across the country, playing concerts, speaking to students, and leading workshops. He also works with Recovery Unplugged. Check him out www.JamAlker.com.
11:30
November 21, 2018
Denise Williams -My Twin Sons
About ten years ago, Denise Williams found herself trying to navigate the intersection of mental illness and addiction with her twin sons, Ryan and Matt. She wishes she had been better prepared.
16:25
November 2, 2018
Paula Fish -Drug Court
There are currently more than 3,000 drug courts in the United States. The one in Anne Arundel County, Maryland continues to expand. Drug Court manager, Paula Fish, explains how it works and why it saves lives.
07:19
October 25, 2018
Maureen Cavanagh -Maternal Instincts
Maureen Cavanagh is the founder of Magnolia New Beginnings, a non profit nationwide peer support group for those affected by substance use disorder. Her memoir, "If You Love Me: a Mother's Journey through her Daughter's Opioid Addiction" was published in September 2018.
07:54
October 18, 2018
Yana Khashper -Filling the Void
As a social worker, Yana Khashper knew how to connect people struggling with mental health and addiction issues with the resources they might need. But for many years, there was a disconnect when it came to helping herself. Now in long-term recovery, Yana and her partner run ROCovery Fitness in Rochester, New York.
12:07
October 11, 2018
Sicily Owings -I Work at a Methadone Clinic
At the methadone clinic where she works, Sicily Owings hears from clients about the relationship between trauma and addiction in their lives. She also knows about it firsthand.
07:40
September 27, 2018
Isabel Landrum - Working on Myself
“This is what addiction does. It takes everything from us.” In recovery since, 2015, Isabel Landrum is working on getting her life back as she helps others at a detox and treatment center in Southern California.
04:02
September 20, 2018
Eric Sterling - Inside the War on Drugs
In 1979, 30 year-old Eric Sterling went to work for a Democrat-led House committee tackling crime. A year later, Ronald Reagan won the White House and Republicans won the Senate. An epic battle for political control consumed much of the rest of that decade, and Sterling was in the middle of it, tasked with drafting the mandatory minimum sentencing policy. Now he has spent the last 30 years speaking out against the repercussions and cynicism of the drug policy he helped enact and the destructive nature of the war on drugs.
16:40
September 13, 2018
Angel Traynor - Recovery Housing
From her own experience, Angel Traynor knew that if you don’t give someone a structured place to go after treatment and send them back into their old environment instead, they are at a high risk to relapse. So she stepped in with Serenity Sistas housing, a safe haven for up to 47 people in recovery.
09:57
September 7, 2018
Terry Brent - Music Therapy
Everyone's journey of recovery is different but finding the strength, courage and hope to share your feelings is integral to living life to the fullest without drugs and alcohol. In South Florida, musician Terry Brent leads clients through a song-writing, recording and performing process that boosts them on their personal journey. Featuring the song, Piece of My Heart, by S.
06:58
August 31, 2018
Karen McGinnis - God gave me a reason to want to live
At age 37, after 20 years of battling the disease of addiction, Karen McGinnis found a reason to make a change and make it work -- the birth of her son. Now in long-term recovery, she says, "I’m a single, independent, fully self-supporting woman today. And it’s the most liberating thing I’ve ever experienced because there was a time in my life where I took advantage of the system. And I have overcome all of that."
07:42
August 21, 2018
Kim Manlove - Surviving the Worst Loss
Grief is an individual experience. When the Manloves' son, David, died from a drug-related event, Kim's feelings of guilt and shame overwhelmed him  -- but it did not divide him from his wife, and together they have found acceptance.
09:44
August 14, 2018
Mariel Hafnagel: Grace & Luck
Mariel Hafnagel is the Executive Director of the Ammon Foundation. In longterm recovery since 2007, she knows the disease of addiction well. Grace and luck and a lot of compassionate support changed her life.
09:47
August 8, 2018
Faye Jamali: Doctor in Recovery
In 2007, Dr. Faye Jamali broke her wrist.  What happened in the next few months jeopardized her career as an anesthesiologist and made her understand pain in a new way.
15:35
June 6, 2018
Dakota Ayers: Not My Job to Judge
As an emergency medical technician, Dakota Ayers has seen a lot of pain and illness, much of it related to opioid addiction. When he responds to call, his job is to provide care and transportation on the way to the hospital. He's not there to judge.
07:31
May 22, 2018
Bob Nicklas: A Lucky Man
Bob Nicklas: A Lucky Man by Drug Stories Project
06:02
May 2, 2018
Lisa Curtin: My Mom
In the late 1990s, Lisa Curtin's mother read about a new drug called Oxycontin, and then nothing was ever the same for Lisa or her family.
09:32
April 30, 2018
Jenny Beetz: You Can't Have Both
Jenny Beetz loved how heroin made her feel, but she appreciates the stability of her life without it.
09:16
April 26, 2018
Ted Stout: Doctors
If he had continued to follow the advice of his doctor, Ted Stout might not be alive today. The prescribed opioids reduced the physical pain he suffered from Postherpetic Neuralgia -- until they made him much sicker. Then he took matters into his own hands.
09:37
March 19, 2018
Eric Whitaker: Listening to Learn
Eric Whitaker understands the destructive patterns and habits that can rule life. And he's figured out a way to break his. He's clean and he's sharing his story.
07:03
March 15, 2018
Capt. Tyrone Collington: Saving Lives
Capt. Tyrone Collington is the commander of Takoma Park, MD's patrol division. His #1 mission is to save lives. Sometimes that entails the use of a powerful tool called Narcan.
04:53
February 21, 2018
Andy Viner Seiler: Withdrawal
Andy Viner Seiler: Withdrawal by Drug Stories Project
07:06
February 15, 2018
Anne LeVeque: Insidious
Anne LeVeque: Insidious by Drug Stories Project
07:07
February 13, 2018
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