Author of Quit Like a Woman: The Radical Choice Not to Drink in a Culture Obsessed with Alcohol Holly is also founder and CEO of online recovery program, The Tempest. She and Elizabeth discuss their experiences as women coming to terms with the impact of alcohol on their lives, how addiction is portrayed in the media, and their perspectives on the roads they took to finding recovery.
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Andrew discusses losing 15 years of his life to addiction, achieving nearly 30 years of recovery, and ultimately “writing his own syllabus for life.”
While best known for traveling the world and exploring shocking cuisine as executive producer and host of the Travel Channel’s Bizarre Foods franchise, Andrew’s journey through addiction to recovery is just as compelling. With the support of his family and friends, Andrew has been in long-term recovery for more than 28 years. Andrew also explores addiction, among other timely issues, in an episode of his latest TV venture: What’s Eating America. To learn more about Andrew, visit andrewzimmern.com.
Elizabeth is joined by Beth Macy, journalist and author of Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company That Addicted America. The New York Times bestselling book sheds an intimate light on the opioid epidemic in Virginia.
Yet, in the two years since the book was published, it’s estimated an additional 100,000 people have died in the U.S. due to opioids – indicating the crisis she covered is not slowing down. Learn more about Beth and her work at intrepidpapergirl.com.
Elizabeth has a candid conversation with Jim Carroll, director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP). His agency’s mission: to stop the flow of illegal drugs in the United States and to connect those suffering from addiction with the tools they need to achieve recovery.
Director Carroll has been traveling around the country, meeting with people in some of the hardest-hit communities and leading discussions about the challenges they face. Elizabeth speaks to him about what he’s seen, who he’s talked to and what the administration is doing and also what more needs to be done to make an impact.
Elizabeth sits down with journalist and author David Sheff. His heartbreaking and inspiring novel Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction was made into a motion picture starring Steve Carell and Timothee Chalamet.
After experiencing addiction in his family – David’s son Nic became addicted and almost died of the disease – David began trying to figure out why as a society we have been so ineffective when it comes to preventing and treating addiction. Learn more about David and his work at davidsheff.com.
Elizabeth sits down with former U.S. Representative Patrick J. Kennedy. Throughout much of his life, Patrick has struggled with his own addiction and mental health challenges, both in private and, at times, glaringly in public. But Patrick has gone from fighting his own demons to fighting on behalf of others who need help and support the most. In 2013, he founded The Kennedy Forum, a nonprofit that unites advocates, business leaders, and government agencies to advance evidence-based practices, policies, and programming in mental health and addiction. Learn more about Patrick Kennedy and his work at patrickjkennedy.net.
We look forward to bringing you a variety of informative and inspiring conversations with a growing list of guests. Upcoming episodes will feature:
Admiral James Winnefeld, former Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and his wife Mary Winnefeld, who co-founded SAFE Project, a nonprofit committed to overcoming the epidemic of addiction in the U.S. The Winnefeld’s heartbreaking and inspiring story was captured in an essay published in The Atlantic, in which Admiral Winnefeld describes that despite running the most powerful military on Earth, he could not save his son from the scourge of opioid addiction. Now, he and Mary are channeling their grief into action, hoping to save more families from the pain of loss.
Steve Madden may be best known as the creator of always-on-trend footwear, but he’s walked a difficult path at times. He struggled with addiction as a teen and young adult, then, years later found himself serving prison time for stock manipulation, money laundering and securities fraud. Now in long-term recovery, Madden has released a new book: The Cobbler: How I Disrupted an Industry, Fell from Grace, and Came Back Stronger Than Ever.
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