Drug Stories Project

23 EpisodesProduced by Drug Stories Project

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

November 21st, 2018


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 …

Denise Williams -My Twin Sons

November 2nd, 2018


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.

Paula Fish -Drug Court

October 25th, 2018


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 …

Maureen Cavanagh -Maternal Instincts

October 18th, 2018


Maureen Cavanagh is the founder of Magnolia New Beginnings, a non profit nationwide peer support group for those affected by substance use disorder. …

Yana Khashper -Filling the Void

October 11th, 2018


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 …

Sicily Owings -I Work at a Methadone Clinic

September 27th, 2018


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.

Isabel Landrum - Working on Myself

September 20th, 2018


“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.

Eric Sterling - Inside the War on Drugs

September 13th, 2018


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 …

Angel Traynor - Recovery Housing

September 7th, 2018


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 …

Terry Brent - Music Therapy

August 31st, 2018


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 …

Karen McGinnis - God gave me a reason to want to live

August 21st, 2018


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, …

Kim Manlove - Surviving the Worst Loss

August 14th, 2018


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 …

Mariel Hafnagel: Grace & Luck

August 8th, 2018


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.

Faye Jamali: Doctor in Recovery

June 6th, 2018


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 …

Dakota Ayers: Not My Job to Judge

May 22nd, 2018


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 …

Bob Nicklas: A Lucky Man

May 2nd, 2018


Bob Nicklas: A Lucky Man by Drug Stories Project

Lisa Curtin: My Mom

April 30th, 2018


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.

Jenny Beetz: You Can't Have Both

April 26th, 2018


Jenny Beetz loved how heroin made her feel, but she appreciates the stability of her life without it.

Ted Stout: Doctors

March 19th, 2018


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 …

Eric Whitaker: Listening to Learn

March 15th, 2018


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 …

Capt. Tyrone Collington: Saving Lives

February 21st, 2018


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 …

Andy Viner Seiler: Withdrawal

February 15th, 2018


Andy Viner Seiler: Withdrawal by Drug Stories Project

Anne LeVeque: Insidious

February 13th, 2018


Anne LeVeque: Insidious by Drug Stories Project

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