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In 2016, 63,632 Americans died from drug overdose. That’s 174 people a day, and it doesn’t include people do not die from an overdose, but still are lost to their addiction. Addiction is not a respecter of academic achievement or socioeconomic status or nice neighborhoods or gender or race or how much a family loves a person suffering from substance abuse. It is killing real people, beloved people, and it threatens others who are doing the hard work to save themselves and their loved ones and others so bound by the stigma of the disease that they are too paralyzed to seek help.

Whole Mother wishes to inspire discussion of this important issue and we are proud to present a year-long series on addiction. We’ll explore how to identify addiction, how pregnancy and postpartum are affected by addiction and recovery, addiction’s effects on families, alternative peer groups, sober high schools and other local resources for families dealing with addiction.

Whole Mother will air the sixth show in our year-long Addiction Series this Sunday, December 16. Our guest will be Elisabeth Holland, certified Addictions RN, and Michelle Hansford, Parent Coach Navigator of Santa Maria Hostel, Texas’ largest multi-site residential and outpatient substance abuse treatment center, and one of a very few to provide comprehensive continuum of care for pregnant women and their children.

If we hope to create a non-violent world where respect and kindness replace fear and hatred
We must begin with how we treat each other at the beginning of life
For that is where our deepest patterns are set
From these grow fear and alienation
Or love and trust
—Suzanne Arms