“Addiction Talk” is a Facebook Live show dedicated to sharing the personal stories of celebrities, influencers and everyday people impacted by addiction. Through sharing our personal journeys, we break the stigma and shame of addiction, and provide hope and inspiration for the millions of Americans battling this disease every day – because we recover together.
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Episode 7: Kassi Underwood – Wednesday, June 23 at 7 PM EST
Kassi Underwood – spiritual teacher, author, founder of The Practice, host of the podcast Big Energy, and the first-ever resident Meditation Advisor at Harvard – joins Addiction Talk to speak about her personal journey to healing. By utilizing The Practice, the result of fourteen years of spiritual, social, and psychological study, she was able to heal her addictions, depression and anxiety.
Episode 6: Mental Health and Veterans
In a special midday edition of Addiction Talk, Army veteran Annette Whittenberger, Army veteran Steven Kuhn and AAC’s Chief of Staff and former Navy SEAL Dan Cerrillo will speak about the stigma of mental health among service members and veterans.
Annette Whittenberger is a retired, disabled Army veteran of 17 years, a military spouse and mother of two. Today, her work consists of coaching others through PTSD, anxiety, depression and helping other men and women who struggle with their mental health.
Steven Kuhn is a decorated Army combat veteran and has served one tour of Iraq. He is a speaker, author and consultant who supports individual in personal and professional growth through his H.I.T. (Honesty, Integrity, Transparency) principles. He also co-authored the book “Unleash Your Humble Alpha.”
Dan Cerrillo is a decorated Navy SEAL veteran who currently serves as the chief of staff for American Addiction Centers. He is the recipient of the Bronze Star, Navy Commendation and Navy Achievement Medals, all with combat distinguishing devices, as well as the Purple Heart Medal.
In addition to being Chief of Staff, Dan now works full time assisting veterans with addiction and PTSD. He also serves on the board of directors for the Navy SEAL Fund and is an ambassador for the Navy SEAL Foundation.
Episode 5: Tackling the Stigma
This episode of Addiction Talk will feature a panel of past and present NFL players, including Matthew Slater, Patrick Venzke and Derek Price, and the CEO of the NFL Alumni Association, Beasley Reece, speaking about the stigma of addiction within sports in general and among professional athletes.
Matthew Slater is a special teamer for the New England Patriots and a three-time Super Bowl champion. Slater is one of the team’s most active community participants and regularly takes part in the team’s organized community events.
Patrick Venzke is a former player for the Jacksonville Jaguars, Indianapolis Colts, Philadelphia Eagles and is the first German citizen to play in the NFL. After retiring in 2011, Patrick has had a successful career in real estate and is the current NFL Alumni President for the Jacksonville chapter of the NFL Alumni Association.
Beasley Reece, CEO of the NFL Alumni Association, is a former defensive back for the Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He has since had a career in broadcasting as a sports anchor, director and network analyst for NFL games for NBC and CBS. He has held the position of CEO for the NFLA since 2018.
Derek Price is the CEO of Desert Hope Treatment Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, and a former tight end for the Detroit Lions. After two seasons with the team, he suffered a career-ending neck injury that forced his retirement, at which time he began a career in healthcare. In the past 20 years, Price has owned and operated more than a dozen multidisciplinary clinics and served as a business consultant showing healthcare companies how to operate more efficiently.
Episode 4: Tawny Lara
Tawny Lara (she/her) is a bisexual NYC-based writer, public speaker, and podcaster [podcasts.apple.com] who’s passionate about smashing stigmas associated with both sexuality and sobriety. She’s recently been dubbed “The Sober Sexpert”. Tawny’s words have been published in Men’s Health, the Huffington Post, and more; she’s the founder of SobrieTea Party and the host of Recovery Rocks podcast.
Episode featured in WebMD.
Episode 3: Ben Higgins
Reality television star Ben Higgins was the lead on the 20th season of ABC’s “The Bachelor” after previously appearing on the 11th season of “The Bachelorette.” On this episode of Addiction Talk, Ben will talk about one of the revelations made in his new book, “Alone in Plain Sight: Searching for Connection When You’re Seen but Not Known” – his addiction to prescription pain medication.
Episode 2: Kirstin Walker
Kirstin Walker is the creator of the blog SoberBrownGirls.com, a safe and supportive space for other sober brown girls that is now a safe place for all sober women. In honor of Black History Month, Kirstin will join Addiction Talk to chat about addiction and her sober journey as a woman of color.
Episode featured in Blavity.
Episode 1: Nick Santonastasso
Nick Santonastassso has been defying limitations his entire life. He is one of four people in the world currently living with Hanhart syndrome, a very rare birth defect that resulted in him being born without legs and his right arm. Nick joins Addiction Talk to discuss overcoming the adversity he’s experienced in his life, including his brother’s recent passing from a drug overdose.
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