You, Me, Empathy - Episode 64: Recovery as a Beacon of Hope and Opioid Addiction with Kali Lux

Trigger Warning: Suicidal ideation is mentioned in this episode.

On Episode 64 of You, Me, Empathy, Kali Lux, Head of Marketing at WorkIt Health, and I explore opioid addiction, the stigmatization of addiction, and why feely humans in recovery are beacons of hope to us all.

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Kali opens up about her early childhood motion sickness, and how that led to feeling shame, which unfortunately led to panic attacks and an anxiety she didn’t know how to handle (none of us do!; not at such a young age). During her adolescent years, depression started to surface, but Kali didn’t know what it was or what to call it even.

And that led to trying to tame the depression and anxiety with drugs and alcohol, which quickly became an everyday thing. During that period of time, Kali cut herself off from her family, lived with her drug dealer, and held fast to the drugs and alcohol because they once worked for her anxiety and depression.

In the second half of the episode, Kali and I talk about how people in recovery are—truly—beacons of hope. They paint a picture of recovery, of a future that is not the struggle and darkness. That’s a beautiful thing. We then explore what recovery looks like, the isolation of addiction, and why we need to have compassion for those who are struggling with addiction.

You don’t have to struggle in silence.

Finally, we talk about the current opioid crisis, the stigmatization of addiction, the medication and treatment of opioid addiction, why addiction is a disease (it changes your brain chemistry, makes you want to crave drugs and alcohol), and how parents of addicts can better support their kids.

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