We examine the catastrophic relevance of how the unfettered prescribing of pain medications, the strategic positioning of Ohio and the massive in ux of black tar heroin that became the catalyst of the worst drug epidemic in US history. More importantly we get up and cheer as we juxtapose inspirational stories, expose local heroes who ght for others after losing everything and we take a compelling look at communities that have bonded together and stood strong during one of the nation’s most vicious assaults.  

The nation’s heavy hitters come together to have an open dialogue about the importance of education, awareness, prevention and solutions. Roger Krone, the CEO of the Leidos, a Fortune 500 company, 32,000 employees and revenues of $10 billion, host a round table as part of an episode that chronicles the compelling steps of how a national movement began from the overdose of one employee’s son who worked at Leidos.   

Other prominent subjects in this episode include Robin Koval (CEO of Truth Initiative https://truthinitiative.org), General Arthur Dean (Chairman CEO of CADCA https://wwwcadca.org), Mary Grealy (CEO of Healthcare Leadership Council https://www.hlc.org), Raul Fernandez (Vice Chairman and Owner NBA’s Washington Wizards, the NHL’s Washington Capitals http://wwwmonumentalsports.com/about), and Jim Wahlberg (Executive Director of Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation https://www.markwahlbergyouthfoundation.org)  

The Addiction Unplugged team dove into the battle eld of PTSD and Combat Stress with Jessica Schwarzkopf, the daughter of the legendary General “Stormin Norman” Schwarzkopf who led the coalition forces in the Gulf War and the celebrated spokesperson for the Wounded Warrior Project, Dan Nevins. 

We traveled to Austin Texas; the live music capital of the world and visited Recovery Unplugged, a treatment center that uses the power of music to heal. The episode builds on the philosophy that music is medicine as we witness an entire music community fighting for people su suffering from addiction. 

This episode features the controversial ex-NBA All-Star Jayson Williams who has created an out of the box recovery method; replete with high-octane Adventure Therapy. We extract a compelling personal story from Jayson himself, and testimonials from NBA legend Chris Mullen and Hall of Fame coach Lou Carnesca. 

We visited a treatment center in Palm Springs that specializes in treating policeman and firefighters struggling with addiction. We also took the show on the road as we went inside the police stations and rehouses to experience a real day in the life of their world. 

We visited Retreat, a top-tier treatment center in Lancaster Pennsylvania with a celebrated history of helping expected mothers beat their addiction and deliver healthy babies. 

People who identify as lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender often face social stigma, discrimination and a greater risk of harassment and violence. We visit a farm is Connecticut that is a safe haven for the LGBTQ community and focuses on the challenges of addiction rather than the stereotypes. 

AU went inside the world of Mike Lindell, the owner of My Pillow and chronicled how he emerged from extreme money issues and chronic drug addiction to create fame and fortune from his idea for a pillow. Not only did Lindell become a massive American success story, a large portion of his 1600 employees are addicts in recovery. We spent time with a few of them and extracted heartfelt stories of how their lives have been changed through the employment, support and guidance of Mike, his company and his various foundations that support people su ering from addiction and drug dependence.