Heart of the Matter

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Heart of the Matter with Elizabeth Vargas is a production from Partnership to End Addiction. Heart of the Matter is an interview series that gives guests the opportunity to share their personal, candid stories about addiction. This podcast offers a space to open up about addiction, substance use and mental health, to share the ways in which people are shifting their narrative – in their own relationships and across communities – to support the cause of ending addiction in our country. Worried about your child or loved one? Partnership to End Addiction's helpline is here for you and anyone else playing a supportive role in the life of a person struggling with substance use. Get one on one support by texting CONNECT to 55753 or visit https://helphope.net/3koi6Kh to learn more. Editor’s Note: The views and opinions expressed on Heart of the Matter are those of the podcast participants and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Partnership to End Addiction. We are also mindful that some of the personal stories feature the word “addict” and other terms from the following link. We respect and understand those who choose to use certain terms to express themselves. However, we strive to use language that’s health-oriented, accurately reflects science, promotes evidence-based treatment and demonstrates respect and compassion. https://drugfree.org/article/shouldnt-use-word-addict/

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Cheryl Burke of “Dancing with the Stars” on therapeutic honesty, addiction in the family and life in the spotlight
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To the fans who watch her on their TV screens, Cheryl Burke leads the picture-perfect life, dancing her way across countless stages and starring on national broadcasts. However, there is more to the “Dancing with the Stars” competitor than may meet the eye: Beneath the impressive veneer is someone who is unafraid to open up about her struggles with alcohol, mental health and abuse. 

As a competitor, Cheryl was taught that showing emotions is a sign of weakness, and turned to alcohol as a way to soothe anxiety and uncertainty. Tune in as Elizabeth and Cheryl talk about the ways drinking fosters emotional disconnection, growing up with addiction in the family, the events that led Cheryl to put down alcohol for good and how she has come to find strength in vulnerability. 

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Oct 19, 2021
Author and activist Ryan Hampton on the inside story of the Purdue Pharma settlement and looking beyond the Sackler family
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In the early 2000s, Ryan Hampton was homeless and struggling with an opioid addiction, wondering how he had gone from working as a White House staffer to begging for change on a California street corner. A decade later in recovery, Ryan found himself at the epicenter of Purdue Pharma’s bankruptcy settlement, fighting for justice in a case that gripped a nation in the midst of an overdose crisis. 

In this episode of Heart of the Matter, Elizabeth Vargas sits down with Ryan to discuss his role in Purdue’s bankruptcy proceedings, how it felt to witness the now-infamous depositions of the Sackler family firsthand and why he believes the justice system, as it stands today, could never deliver accountability for Purdue’s victims. 

 Ryan Hampton’s new book Unsettled: How the Purdue Pharma Bankruptcy Failed the Victims of the American Overdose Crisis details the shocking injustice at the heart of the Purdue Pharma settlement. 

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Oct 05, 2021
Bonus episode: Elizabeth gets interviewed by Annie Grace on This Naked Mind!
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Join us for a bonus episode! Recently, Elizabeth was interviewed by Annie Grace, host of This Naked Mind, a podcast that explores the role alcohol plays in our world and in our lives, with honesty and without judgment. Tune in as Elizabeth shares her story about drinking, working in broadcast television, and now, being a woman in recovery.

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Sep 28, 2021
Emmy Award-winning actress Patricia Heaton opens up about overcoming drinking, having faith and being a mother
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In this episode of Heart of the Matter, Elizabeth Vargas interviews Emmy Award- winning actress Patricia Heaton. When Patricia was in the middle of it all — working all hours on wildly successful shows like Everybody Loves Raymond, while taking care of her four young children — she kept her drinking at bay. But when these shows ended and her children had left the house, she started looking forward to drinking in a way she hadn’t ever before.  

Join Patricia and Elizabeth as they connect over “self-medicating” through alcohol, feeling “unmoored” during the COVID-19 pandemic and working in a business that can be unkind to women as they get older. 

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Sep 21, 2021
Author Laura McKowen on facing pain, telling the truth and looking inward
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In this episode of Heart of the Matter, Elizabeth Vargas is joined by Laura McKowen, author and founder of The Luckiest Club. When Laura first stopped drinking, she thought of it as “the end of all the color” in her life. But after weathering one particularly challenging night, she realized the magic that comes with being in recovery and feeling fully present in her life. Together, Elizabeth and Laura discuss the pain that lies at the root of drinking, the glamorization of alcohol, the power of truth-telling and why Laura considers herself “lucky” to have faced addiction. 

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Sep 07, 2021
Former NBA Player Chris Herren on Simone Biles, supporting our youth and the strength in struggle
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To any outsider in his Massachusetts high school, star basketball player Chris Herren looked on top of the world, with broken records behind him and a promising career ahead of him. But what many did not know was that beneath his physical prowess was someone struggling with mental health challenges and substance use. 

In his return to Heart of the Matter, Chris connects with Elizabeth Vargas about parenting and the importance of focusing on our children’s social and emotional health as students across the nation return to school in the midst of a resurgence of COVID-19. The two also speak about the ripple effect of speaking up and why, as a former pro-athlete in recovery, Chris is inspired by Olympic gymnast Simone Biles’s stand against mental health stigma. 

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Aug 24, 2021
Brandon Novak on underestimating his addiction and turning inward to find recovery
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Former professional skateboarder, TV stuntman, and recovery advocate Brandon Novak joins Elizabeth Vargas to talk about how he went from a skateboarding prodigy and reality star to homeless. He also shares where he is now: celebrating six years of recovery and spreading hope to others who are struggling. 

Brandon opens up to Elizabeth about “underestimating” his addiction, and the consequences he faced during his decades-long journey with substance use. He also talks about how his mother coped with his addiction and the only two regrets he has today. 

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Aug 10, 2021
“Drunk Dreams,” Emerging from the Pandemic and Destigmatizing Addiction with Political Commentator Molly Jong-Fast
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For the 20th episode of Heart of the Matter, Elizabeth Vargas is joined by her friend, writer and political commentator Molly Jong-Fast. Despite entering recovery almost 24 years ago at the age of 19, Molly still regularly attends Alcoholics Anonymous meetings – but her routine was disrupted in the past year due to COVID-19. Together, Elizabeth and Molly discuss how they maintained their mental health throughout the pandemic, their approaches to parenting, the lifelong struggle of addiction, as well as their thoughts on civility, politics, stress and so much more. 

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Jul 27, 2021
Facing a Family Disease with Congresswoman Madeleine Dean & Son Harry Cunnane
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Congresswoman Madeleine Dean thought she understood addiction – but it wasn’t until her son Harry Cunnane was struggling that she came to truly realize what it means when a loved one has a substance use disorder. Now Harry has been in recovery for more than eight years, and the mother and son have written a joint memoir, titled Under Our Roof: A Son's Battle for Recovery, a Mother's Battle for Her Son. With this book, the pair hope to share the lessons they’ve learned about addiction and recovery with other families impacted by this disease.  

In the 19th episode of Heart of the Matter, Elizabeth interviews Madeleine and Harry about what they gained from writing Under Our Roof, what it means when people refer to addiction as a family disease, and the importance of amplifying the possibility of recovery – not just the horror of active addiction. 

Today, Madeleine continues to serve Pennsylvania’s fourth district, and Harry remains active in the addiction recovery community, even working as a resource director at the same treatment center where he originally sought help. 

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Jul 13, 2021
The Origins of the Opioid Epidemic with “Empire of Pain” Author, Patrick Radden Keefe
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In this episode of Heart of the Matter, Elizabeth Vargas interviews bestselling author and investigative journalist Patrick Radden Keefe about his latest book, Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty. In this book, Patrick tells the story of the family responsible for setting into motion the opioid epidemic. 

Following his recent testimony before the House Committee on Oversight and Reform about the Sackler family, Patrick joins Elizabeth to discuss the “Don Draper of medical advertising,” how one family created a massive addiction crisis, and what is in store for the Sacklers, who now face numerous lawsuits.  

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Jun 29, 2021
Top Chef Gregory Gourdet on Reimaging his Relationship with Drugs and Alcohol and Redefining an Industry Bursting with Substance Use
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As an up-and-coming chef in Manhattan, Gregory Gourdet found himself surrounded by addictive substances. After finishing an arduous shift at one of the city’s top restaurants, he’d frequently spend the rest of the night partying, fueled by alcohol and cocaine. Eventually, his substance use caught up with him, putting at risk the thing he loved doing most: cooking. It wasn’t until he moved to Portland, Oregon and connected with a community of other chefs who had experiences with addiction that he was able to make the changes he needed. Now Gregory is committed to maintaining his own health, as well as helping others with theirs, whether by sharing nutritious recipes in his new cookbook, Everyone’s Table, or leading a support group of chefs in recovery. 

Join Elizabeth Vargas for the 18th episode of Heart of the Matter as shedigs in” to Gregory’s story. 

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Jun 15, 2021
Replay: Dignity, respect and addiction recovery with Chef & TV Host Andrew Zimmern
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This week, we’re re-airing one of our favorite interviews featured on Heart of the Matter with Elizabeth Vargas. In addition to being a chef and TV host, Andrew Zimmern is also in long-term recovery. In this episode, he discusses how the support from family and friends changed his life, the joys of being in recovery for more than 29 years and “writing his own syllabus for life.” 

If you liked this episode of Heart of the Matter, be sure to subscribe and tune in again in two weeks for Elizabeth’s interview with fellow chef in recovery, Gregory Gourdet. 

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After you listen, explore these resources from Partnership to End Addiction to learn more about the topics and themes discussed in this episode: 

Jun 01, 2021
Protecting Teens and Preventing Substance Use with Author Jessica Lahey
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In this episode of Heart of the Matter, Elizabeth is joined by New York Times best-selling author Jessica Lahey to discuss her latest book, The Addiction Inoculation: Raising Healthy Kids in a Culture of Dependence. The pair connects over the advantages and challenges that come with being a parent in recovery, the benefits of family dinners (even with truculent teens!) and why young people are more susceptible to addiction. 

Tune in to learn more about what high schoolers wish their parents knew, supporting your child’s mental health and tips for “inoculating” your teen against developing a substance use disorder. 

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May 18, 2021
Partnership to End Addiction’s Board Chair, Jamie Niven: Growing up as a Hollywood kid and putting down the bottle as an adult
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Despite being the son of an Academy Award-winning actor, Jamie Niven’s life wasn’t all glitz and glamour. At just six months old, Jamie’s mother passed away, leaving Jamie to grow up with an overwhelming feeling of loneliness – a feeling that followed him for his entire life.  

In the 15th episode of Heart of the Matter, Elizabeth talks with Jamie, who is also the chair of Partnership to End Addiction’s Board of Directors, about the way loss impacted his otherwise privileged life and contributed to a 50-year struggle with alcohol. Additionally, the pair discuss how, at the age of 65, Jamie found recovery, gave up alcohol, and committed himself to make a difference for others impacted by addiction. 

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May 04, 2021
Obama’s Drug Czar Michael Botticelli discusses George Floyd, DMX and the Pervasiveness of Stigma
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For the 14th episode of Heart of the Matter, Elizabeth Vargas is joined by one of the nation’s leading addiction experts: Michael Botticelli. As the first person in recovery from addiction to serve as the director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, Michael has faced his fair share of challenges. Even before his confirmation, colleagues doubted that Michael would be fit for the role because he had a substance use disorder.

In this episode, Michael reflects on his own recovery, his experiences facing stigma, and how stigma and racism have impacted the way George Floyd and rapper DMX have been perceived in death. 

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Apr 20, 2021
Shoe Mogul, Steve Madden on Seeing Miracles, Making Mistakes, Relapse and Recovery
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Before he could start his incredibly popular shoe empire, Steve Madden needed to overcome his own struggles with addiction. Inspired by the principles that guided his recovery – showing up, doing the next thing, acknowledging his mistakes - Steve built a business that would become known worldwide.

Throughout his life and career, Steve has recovered, relapsed, and recovered again; gone to prison; and came back with grit in spades. In the 13th episode of Heart of the Matter with Elizabeth Vargas, Steve reflects on the arc of his life, coming from a family with a history of substance use disorders, managing ADHD and, most importantly, learning to let go and to grow.

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Apr 06, 2021
Grief and Giving Back with Admiral James and Mary Winnefeld
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As parents, Mary and Admiral James “Sandy” Winnefeld just wanted to protect their son, Jonathan. This was a job Sandy felt he should have been well equipped for as the United States’ number two ranking military officer. Yet, Jonathan’s struggles with anxiety led him to start drinking alcohol and misusing prescription medications as a teen. Sandy and Mary did everything they could to find appropriate help for their son's substance use. Still, just three days after they dropped him off at college, Jonathan died of an accidental overdose in his dorm room. 

In our 12th episode of Heart of the Matter with Elizabeth Vargas, Elizabeth reflects on her own experience growing up in a military family as she connects with the Winnefelds. Sandy and Mary also discuss the challenges they faced parenting a child struggling with his mental health, learning to live with grief and dedicating themselves to “saving a life every day” through their work with SAFE Project — the nonprofit they founded following their son’s death.

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Mar 23, 2021
Actress Kristen Johnston Describes the Struggles of Overcoming Addiction and Loving Someone with Addiction
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Just as Kristen Johnston started finding success as an actress starring in the Emmy-award winning sitcom 3rd Rock from the Sun, feelings of self-doubt and panic began overtaking her life. In an unfamiliar city, without her support system nearby, Kristen found comfort in prescription painkillers – initially prescribed to her to treat migraines. Over the years her addiction worsened, turning Kristen into the self-described “Nancy Drew of painkillers.” Her persistent substance use ultimately caused an ulcer in her stomach to burst, sending her to the hospital. The events that followed led Kristen to find help, “break-up with her addiction” and even write the best-selling memoir Guts: The Endless Follies and Tiny Triumphs of a Giant Disaster.

But Kristen also knows what it feels like to love someone suffering from addiction. Just last year, she lost her sister to an accidental overdose. In this episode of Heart of the Matter, Kristen and Elizabeth reflect on the judgment they face as women in recovery, the importance of overcoming shame and the feelings that come with caring for someone struggling with substance use.

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Editor’s Note: The views and opinions expressed on Heart of the Matter are those of the podcast participants and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Partnership to End Addiction. We are also mindful that some of the personal stories feature the word “addict” and other terms from this list. We respect and understand those who choose to use certain terms to express themselves. However, we strive to use language that’s health-oriented, accurately reflects science, promotes evidence-based treatment and demonstrates respect and compassion. 

Mar 09, 2021
Former NFL player Montee Ball speaks on mental health, masculinity and making a difference for communities of color
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He was a highly celebrated student athlete with a promising professional career ahead of him. Yet, due to his struggles with addiction, Montee Ball found himself sitting in a jail cell while his former teammates won the Super Bowl. Now in recovery, Montee has walked away from the NFL and committed himself to breaking down barriers that prevent Black and Brown people from accessing help for mental health and substance use disorders.

 

In this episode of Heart of the Matter with Elizabeth Vargas, learn more about Montee’s journey through addiction, how he found purpose in fatherhood, and his work as a recovery advocate for communities of color.

 

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Feb 23, 2021
The Bachelorette’s Zac Clark discusses faking illnesses for narcotics and finding true love
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Before Zac Clark was introduced to television viewers on The Bachelorette, he was considered the "life of the party" and willing to go to great lengths to achieve his “next high.” In his twenties, his addiction escalated to the point where his marriage crumbled and his friendships dissipated. His relationship with his parents was holding on by a thread. But they never gave up on him, and Zac found recovery. Ultimately, he won back his health and went on to win the heart of not only Tayshia Adams but also viewers across the country, all through his candor, compassion and commitment to a substance-free life. In the ninth episode of Heart of the Matter, listen in as Elizabeth Vargas and Zac revisit his journey, from faking illnesses to gain access to prescription medications to finding happiness in real life, making a career out of helping others with addiction, and even falling in love on reality TV.


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Editor’s Note: The views and opinions expressed on Heart of the Matter are those of the podcast participants and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Partnership to End Addiction. We are also mindful that some of the personal stories feature the word “addict” and other terms from this list. We respect and understand those who choose to use certain terms to express themselves. However, we strive to use language that’s health-oriented, accurately reflects science, promotes evidence-based treatment and demonstrates respect and compassion. 

Feb 09, 2021
Jeremiah Fraites of The Lumineers on humanizing addiction and making music
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When he was 14 years old, Jeremiah Fraites of The Lumineers lost his older brother, Joshua, to a heroin overdose. He describes it as the worst thing to have happened to his family. Years later, Jeremiah is still reflecting on the monumental impact drugs and alcohol have on music, culture, families and relationships. This topic even served as inspiration behind the latest album from his band, titled III.

In this episode of Heart of the Matter, Jeremiah joins Elizabeth Vargas to share his perspective on substance use and to discuss his family’s experiences navigating addiction, giving up alcohol himself and learning to be a rock star without substances.

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After you listen, explore these resources from Partnership to End Addiction to learn more about the topics and themes discussed in this episode:


Editor’s Note: The views and opinions expressed on Heart of the Matter are those of the podcast participants and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Partnership to End Addiction. We are also mindful that some of the personal stories feature the word “addict” and other terms from this list. We respect and understand those who choose to use certain terms to express themselves. However, we strive to use language that’s health-oriented, accurately reflects science, promotes evidence-based treatment and demonstrates respect and compassion. 

Jan 26, 2021
Author Holly Whitaker on forging her own path and why women struggle with alcohol use
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For the first episode of 2021, Elizabeth is joined by Holly Whitaker, author of Quit Like a Woman: The Radical Choice Not to Drink in a Culture Obsessed with Alcohol and founder and CEO of the online recovery program, The Tempest. In this interview, Holly and Elizabeth discuss their experiences as women coming to terms with the impact alcohol was having on their lives, how addiction is portrayed in the media, and their perspectives on the roads they took to finding recovery.

To learn more about addiction treatment, visit drugfree.org/treatmentoptions. If you are seeking treatment for your child or a loved one, know that numerous options exist. Addiction treatment is not “one-size-fits-all” and may take place in a variety of settings, at different degrees of intensity and for different lengths of time. Partnership to End Addiction services and resources are here to help you navigate this system and identify the best options for your family. Information about providers and services on our website or podcast does not constitute an endorsement.



Editor’s Note: The views and opinions expressed on Heart of the Matter are those of the podcast participants and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Partnership to End Addiction. We are also mindful that some of the personal stories feature the word “addict” and other terms from this list. We respect and understand those who choose to use certain terms to express themselves. However, we strive to use language that’s health-oriented, accurately reflects science, promotes evidence-based treatment and demonstrates respect and compassion. 

Jan 12, 2021
Dignity, respect and addiction recovery with Chef & TV Host, Andrew Zimmern
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 In this episode of Heart of the Matter with Elizabeth Vargas, TV personality, chef, writer, teacher and social justice advocate Andrew Zimmern 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.

Editor’s Note: The views and opinions expressed on Heart of the Matter are those of the podcast participants and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Partnership to End Addiction. We are also mindful that some of the personal stories feature the word “addict” and other terms from this list. We respect and understand those who choose to use certain terms to express themselves. However, we strive to use language that’s health-oriented, accurately reflects science, promotes evidence-based treatment and demonstrates respect and compassion. 

Dec 29, 2020
Dopesick Author Beth Macy on the opioid epidemic and reporting from rural America
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Since journalist and author, Beth Macy published her New York Times bestseller Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company That Addicted America in 2018, an additional 100,000 people have died in the U.S. due to opioid overdoses. Beth Macy is an incredible writer and champion for those who do not have a voice. Together, Elizabeth and Beth engage in an energizing and terrifying conversation about the epidemic Beth describes so poignantly in her book, as well as what more needs to be done to help the families still suffering.

Editor’s Note: The views and opinions expressed on Heart of the Matter are those of the podcast participants and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Partnership to End Addiction. We are also mindful that some of the personal stories feature the word “addict” and other terms from this list. We respect and understand those who choose to use certain terms to express themselves. However, we strive to use language that’s health-oriented, accurately reflects science, promotes evidence-based treatment and demonstrates respect and compassion. 

Dec 15, 2020
White House appointee Jim Carroll on the Trump administration & the addiction crisis
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Jim Carroll was sworn in as the Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) in 2019. 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. On this episode of Heart of the Matter, Jim joins Elizabeth to discuss the Trump administration's response to the nation's addiction epidemic, barriers to treatment, and the prevalence of stigma towards individuals with substance use disorders. He also shares reflections from traveling around the country, meeting with people in some of the hardest-hit communities and leading discussions about the challenges they face. Hear his reflections on this issue, which is both a professional and personal passion of Jim’s, and learn more about his dedication to accomplishing the ONDCP’s goals.

Editor’s Note: The views and opinions expressed on Heart of the Matter are those of the podcast participants and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Partnership to End Addiction. We are also mindful that some of the personal stories feature the word “addict” and other terms from this list. We respect and understand those who choose to use certain terms to express themselves. However, we strive to use language that’s health-oriented, accurately reflects science, promotes evidence-based treatment and demonstrates respect and compassion. 

Dec 01, 2020
Parenting, perseverance, and relapse with Author David Sheff
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We are grateful to have David Sheff on today's episode of Heart of the Matter. David Sheff is the author of Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey Through His Son's Addiction which inspired the film of the same name, starring Steve Carell and Timothée Chalamet. David Sheff offers a unique perspective as a parent who supported a  son navigating substance use for more than 10 years. David impactfully speaks to his experience  learning to parent with compassion and understanding, not  stigma and frustration. Today, David is an advocate, an author and a champion of the recovery movement.

Learn more about David Sheff's Beautiful Boy Fund here: https://www.beautifulboyfund.org/about-us

Worried about your child or loved one? Partnership to End Addiction's helpline is here for you and anyone else playing a supportive role in the life of a person struggling with substance use. Connect by texting 55753 or visit https://helphope.net/3koi6Kh to learn more.



Editor’s Note: The views and opinions expressed on Heart of the Matter are those of the podcast participants and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Partnership to End Addiction. We are also mindful that some of the personal stories feature the word “addict” and other terms from this list. We respect and understand those who choose to use certain terms to express themselves. However, we strive to use language that’s health-oriented, accurately reflects science, promotes evidence-based treatment and demonstrates respect and compassion. 

Nov 17, 2020
Patrick Kennedy discusses Family, Recovery, and Policy
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Today on Heart of the Matter Elizabeth sits down with former U.S. Representative Patrick J. Kennedy. Patrick has been open about his addiction and mental health challenges and has learned how to navigate this deeply personal issue while also being in the public eye.

He was a co-sponsor of the 2008 Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act, a testament to his commitment to making mental health treatment accessible to all Americans. 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.

Patrick Kennedy works tirelessly on behalf of all those who are struggling with substance use and mental health, and this episode gives great insight into the stories behind his struggles and recovery.

Learn more about Patrick Kennedy and his work at patrickjkennedy.net.

Worried about your child or loved one? Partnership to End Addiction's helpline is here for you and anyone else playing a supportive role in the life of a person struggling with substance use. Connect by texting 55753 or visit https://helphope.net/3koi6Kh to learn more.



Editor’s Note: The views and opinions expressed on Heart of the Matter are those of the podcast participants and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Partnership to End Addiction. We are also mindful that some of the personal stories feature the word “addict” and other terms from this list. We respect and understand those who choose to use certain terms to express themselves. However, we strive to use language that’s health-oriented, accurately reflects science, promotes evidence-based treatment and demonstrates respect and compassion. 

Nov 03, 2020
Chris Herren on Basketball, Addiction, and Recovery
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Chris Herren, former NBA player and founder of Herren Talks, Herren Project and Herren Wellness, shares intimate details of his journey and how he’s now using his experience to change the way high school students think about substance use. The First Day film makes his powerful storytelling available to schools and communities across the country.

Visit chrisherren.com for additional information on Herren Talks, Herren Project, and Herren Wellness.

Worried about your child or loved one? Partnership to End Addiction's helpline is here for you and anyone else playing a supportive role in the life of a person struggling with substance use.  Connect by texting 55753 or visit https://helphope.net/3koi6Kh to learn more.



Editor’s Note: The views and opinions expressed on Heart of the Matter are those of the podcast participants and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Partnership to End Addiction. We are also mindful that some of the personal stories feature the word “addict” and other terms from this list. We respect and understand those who choose to use certain terms to express themselves. However, we strive to use language that’s health-oriented, accurately reflects science, promotes evidence-based treatment and demonstrates respect and compassion. 

Oct 20, 2020
Series Trailer
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Series Trailer for the new and upcoming podcast Heart of the Matter

Oct 06, 2020