NPR’s Michel Martin speaks with author Neil Steinberg;  “Out Of The Wreck I Rise,”.

For some, recovering from addiction is only half the battle. The other half is getting over the guilt, depression and shame associated with it.

Nelsan Ellis, the 39-year-old actor who was probably best known for his role on HBO’s series “True Blood.” He died last week from complications due to alcohol withdrawal. Upon his death, his family issued a statement saying Nelsan had struggled with drug and alcohol abuse for years, but that he “was ashamed of his addiction and thus was reluctant to talk about it during his life,” unquote.

Carrie Fisher, “Princess Leia” of Star Wars fame.


Yes, the disease of addiction respects no boundaries, black or white, man or woman, rich or poor.  If you suffer from the disease, there is one major mistake that you made; you should have chosen better parents!  If you think you have this disease, there is plenty of great help available.  Don’t let the stigma, shame & guilt kill you.  It’s also a spiritual attack; there is good and for there to be balance, there is also evil.  Call it the devil, Satan, Lucifer or whatever you choose.  Addiction is one of his favorite tools.  Apathy is another.  Beat him at his game!  Get help!

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