Ground Zero of the CrisisAired on Aug 17, 2019
Ohio has become ground zero for the United States opioid epidemic. This episode explores the reasons why, as a catastrophic combination of unfettered prescribing of pain medications, along with the strategic geographical distribution appeal of the state, and the massive influx of black tar heroin have become catalysts of the worst drug epidemic in US history.
The Wounds of WarAired on Aug 17, 2019
For many US military veterans, the battles and horrors of war don’t end upon their returns home. Faced with PTSD, physical wounds and memories of those lost forces many to turn to numbing the pain with drugs and alcohol. On this episode, we shine a light on those who have taken steps to overcome their own war wounds using unique therapies and have set their sights on helping others.
Music & RecoveryAired on Aug 24, 2019
Music and addiction have been linked for generations, as many of the most beloved artists have fallen victim to struggles with drugs. Today, Austin Texas, the live music capital of the world, is attempting to flip the script and is utilizing resources and science to show how the power of music can be used to heal.
A Father's RequestAired on Aug 24, 2019
Prominent figures in the business community have come together to battle the opioid crisis. This episode chronicles the compelling steps of how one corporate employee, who tragically lost his son to addiction, bared his grief in a company-wide email that kicked off a national movement.
Addiction in the LGBTQ CommunityAired on Aug 31, 2019
In the LGBTQ community, where oppression, repression of true feelings and lack of acceptance from family and friends are often unfortunate facts of life, the rates of addiction are incredibly high. On this episode, we profile a Connecticut farm that has become a safe haven for the LGBTQ community and focuses on the challenges of addiction and treats the crisis in a new way.
Motherhood and AddictionAired on Aug 31, 2019
Battles with addiction can be overwhelming for the members of any addict’s family, but when pregnancy and motherhood are involved, the stakes are raised to a new level. For pregnant women and mothers, treatment of their addiction is about much more than just getting themselves off drugs. This episode explores the potential physical, emotional, and legal impacts of addiction during motherhood, and shares stories of women who beat the odds to keep their families together and are now using their second chance to pay it forward.
A Second ChanceAired on Sep 07, 2019
Mike Lindell, the owner of the famous infomercial product My Pillow, struggled with an extreme addiction to crack cocaine for many years before getting sober and creating his fortune. His mission now is to help others who also struggle with addiction by employing and guiding addicts and showing that they can be superstars in the workforce if given the chance.
First RespondersAired on Sep 07, 2019
Every day, first responders are on the front lines of the addiction epidemic sweeping the nation. But the dangerous nature of the job, and the stress that comes along with it, can lead even the bravest heroes down a dark path. This episode examines some of the underlying causes of addiction amongst first responders, and takes into account personal stories of police, firefighters and other emergency service professionals who have struggled firsthand with addiction in the field and in their own lives.
Rebound: The Jayson Williams StoryAired on Sep 14, 2019
On this episode, controversial ex-NBA All-Star Jayson Williams opens up about his struggles with substance abuse. From his difficult upbringing, to lucrative basketball career, to scores of legal troubles, Jayson shares his life story and how he turned things around to get sober and create an unconventional, high-octane recovery method to help addicts.
Addiction in the Inner CityAired on Sep 14, 2019
Addiction Unplugged visits America’s inner cities to shine a light on the unsung heroes helping those struggling with addiction. In Miami, NBA Hall of Famer Alonzo Mourning has built a model for youth centers in an attempt to “break the cycle” of addiction. Then, a ministry on the tough south side of Chicago gives addicts a “hand up” and a chance to recover.
Addiction Unplugged travels across the country taking a compelling look inside the world of addiction and recovery in the midst of the worst opioid epidemic in US history. Through education, awareness, prevention and solutions-based initiatives, the show chronicles the efforts of organizations in the private and public sectors who are battling this epidemic, and brings to light inspirational stories of real people in recovery. If you are struggling with an addiction and need help, call 1-800-662-HELP.