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March 04th 2014:The Agony of Addiction: The View from Both Sides

With the recent death of Philip Seymour Hoffman, our attention has been brought back to heroin, one of the world’s most addictive drugs. His death is a dramatic tale but not unique. Whether it be to food, drugs, alcohol, sex or anything else, many of us live with addiction – our own or that of a loved one. And we face its devastation. Today we’ll hear from a mother and daughter who represent the two faces of addiction: the addict and the family. On one side is Rebecca, a gifted young woman whose life has been ravaged by heroin but who is determined to take it back. On the other side is Helen,

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Helen is a 64-year-old mom who thought that having a daughter late in life would make it easier. It didn’t. She knew there was addiction in her family, that she herself was a food addict and that her then-husband had been a drug addict as well, but it never occurred to her that there was a huge risk that her child would be an addict, too. When her sister’s only child died of a heroin overdose, she felt compassion, but when her daughter admitted she’d been using, too, on the very night of her cousin’s death, the wall of denial really came down. Helen had engaged in years of co-dependent behavior, coddling and denial. But eventually reality prevailed and now she gets support to stay more detac
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Rebecca is a 25-year-old who saw addiction in her family and who’s struggled with her own drug addiction for 10 years. Despite drug use, she graduated high school and even received a scholarship to the Art Institute, but addiction put an end to that. Her drug use started with marijuana, then she took pain pills, then smoked heroin, then injected it. Despite outpatient treatment, Suboxone to prevent her from getting high, 2 residential treatment programs, 3 sober living houses and many 12-step meetings, she has not been able to stay sober for more than a few weeks or months at a time in the last few years. In fact she went from being a functional addict to living in her car and panhandling fo
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