Learning to Cope: The impact of addiction on the family and how there is healing and hope in recovery. Our guests are Melissa Weiksnar, editor of the new book "It's Not Gunna Be An Addiction", chronicling her daughter's descent into heroin addiction, and from Learn 2 Cope, Joanne Peterson and Marcy Julian.
Emmy award winning actor Kristen Johnston ("The Exes", "Third Rock from the Sun"), and Joe Schrank (co-founder of Thefix.com) join us to talk about how the media covers addiction and celebrity addiction. And later in the show, Keisha Ormond and Jamie Stein of the Cambridge Prevention Coalition, two ‘boots on the ground’ treatment specialists, tell us how they're dealing with the opiate crisis day to day.
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey join us to talk about the deadly heroin and prescription opiate abuse epidemic in Massachusetts. Also joining us are Rita Nieves, Bureau Director of Addictions, and Berto Sanchez, Overdose Prevention Manager, at the Boston Public Health Commission.
Parents often have a blind spot when it comes to their children’s substance abuse, yet recent statistics show that over 25% of high school seniors used illicit drugs in the past month and 40% drank alcohol. Brockton Police Officer Nancy Leedberg and Heather Kennedy of the C.O.P.E. Center join us to talk about how we can talk to our kids about drugs.
Nationally acclaimed photojournalist Peter Simon joins us to talk about his art, addiction, and recovery. The brother of Carly Simon, and son of Richard Simon, co-founder of publishing house Simon and Schuster, Peter has led an extraordinary life documenting everything from the free love and protest-filled '60's, to the greatest names in rock 'n' roll and reggae. Peter shares an open and honest account of his role in the drug culture of the 60's and 70's, alcoholism, and ultimately, his recovery. Woody Giessmann and Abby Dean host.
Michael Moss, NYT investigative reporter and Pulizer Prize winning author of "SALT SUGAR FAT", and Lisa Johnson, nationally renowned fitness and health expert, join us to talk about how we get hooked on certain kinds of foods – similar to how we could get hooked on alcohol and drugs – and how the food industry engineers food to make us crave it.