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Video: Snow White Cologne

. Director Amanda Eliasson says: Snow White Cologne is based on a true story about my sister who, as a teenager, had a drug abuse problem. I wanted to tell … Continue reading

October 27, 2018 · Leave a comment

Paul Buchheit: The Capitalist Manifesto — Let Poor People Die

The root of the problem is the condemnation of anything ‘social’ as un-American, which has helped modern-day capitalists to justify their belief in individual gain by any means. The original Capitalist Manifesto was a … Continue reading

September 19, 2018 · Leave a comment

Kate Daniels: Driving

That was the year that summer lingered and fall came on late.  I was still wearing sleeveless clothes when the temperatures fell, and the wind rose suddenly, and tore the … Continue reading

September 12, 2018 · Leave a comment

Kate Daniels: Relapse

Several of the young men from the treatment center are already dead.  They spanned the demographic spectrum so no conclusions can be made about why they did, or didn’t, make it. … Continue reading

August 13, 2018 · 1 Comment

Kate Daniels: Getting Clean 

i You can boil yourself down to the rudiments, all the way to the very bottom, and sit there pruning yourself to the compact form of a bouillon cube, its … Continue reading

July 25, 2018 · Leave a comment

Wyatt Massey: Believe Me, You Don’t Want Someone to Save the World

The change we need comes from the daily actions of many, many people. I want to slap the table and yell, but instead I opt for a smile. I deflect … Continue reading

July 25, 2018 · Leave a comment

Tom Engelhardt: America’s Addictions

Opioids, Donald Trump, and War When you think of addiction in America today, one thing comes to mind: the opioid epidemic. And it should. It’s serious. According to the National … Continue reading

July 9, 2018 · Leave a comment

Kate Daniels: Support Group

For a long time, each day was a bad day. Truthfully?  For years, each day was a bad day.   The nights were worse, but she could slide The deadbolt … Continue reading

May 27, 2018 · 2 Comments

Kate Daniels: Molecules

Whether it’s true or not, that all our molecules replace themselves each seven years, his body seems halfway new again, one year into sobriety. I keep my distance now but … Continue reading

May 7, 2018 · Leave a comment

Kate Daniels — The Addict’s Mother: Birth Story

She wasn’t watching when they cut him Out.  C-section, you know.  Green drape Obscuring the mound of ripened belly They extracted him from.  He spilled Out squalling, already starving.  Still … Continue reading

April 3, 2018 · Leave a comment

Sarah Freeman-Woolpert: Amid opioid epidemic, ‘recovery activists’ shape a powerful grassroots movement

Almost a decade after beginning his recovery from heroin addiction, Brett Bramble is undertaking a new challenge. Accompanied by his dog Domino and a small group of fellow activists, Bramble … Continue reading

March 5, 2018 · Leave a comment

Kate Daniels: In the Midst of the Heroin Epidemic

When I heard the news that Cynthia’s daughter had died, all alone, slumped over on the ground beside a dumpster behind the convenience store where she’d made her final buy, … Continue reading

March 5, 2018 · 1 Comment

George Monbiot: There Is Such A Thing as Society

Why should plagues of mental illness surprise us, in a world being ripped apart? What greater indictment of a system could there be than an epidemic of mental illness? Yet … Continue reading

October 19, 2016 · Leave a comment

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