People often believe (I know I did) that love for someone is best displayed as blindly satisfying their needs and desires. For example, a parent satisfying a child’s need for food and shelter.
I talk with my brother Pete the night before he enters rehab for heroin. If you know anyone who might find benefit in this Conversation please share our message.
Working in a local intensive care unit has given Hanna an interesting perspective on addiction. A fellow Saginaw native and Heritage High School graduate; Hanna give her thoughts on growing up in a drug saturated environment.
Emily Ballien shares her perspective in this Discussion. She opens up about her seven year battle with addiction that developed from the trauma of experiencing abusive relationships. We discuss drug education and what she is doing to stay balanced.
We talk to Jeanette who shares her perspective on what it was like to have her daughter hooked on heroin. We talk about their seven year battle with her daughter Emily’s addiction.We talk about codependency. And we get her thoughts on what her family is doing to combat this problem.
Hansel joins our Discussion in this episode. We discuss our experience with drug education programs in school, suggest new approaches to make education on the topic more successful, as well as US drug policy as a whole.
In the fifth installment in our Outside Perspective Series my youngest brother, Matt Kerouac, joins our Discussion. He shares his thoughts on spending his entire life in the sphere of impact brought on by addiction.
Kaleigh joins our discussion to share her story and talk about her struggles with addiction, how her views on drugs differ from substance to substance, and a new therapy that is yielding fantastic results for her.
Erin Baringer has seen a lot in his life. He has first hand experience in how widespread the opiate problem has become from working at EMS. He joins our Discussion in this episode and shares his thoughts on addiction with us.
Deshawn Hayes joins our Discussion in this episode. Deshawn, now the father of two, discusses Shop with Hayes his current project which is fashion consulting brand as well as his thoughts growing up in Saginaw and addiction.
Pete Kastros, my brother, joins our Discussion in the fourth installment of our Outside Perspective series. We discuss his feelings towards me for introducing him to drugs, what it’s like going to rehab, and his ongoing struggles.
My mom, Becky Kerouac, joins us in the third of our Outside Perspective Series. She shares her thoughts on how two of her children progressed to addiction, discusses the impact this has had on her, and explains how her view on addicts has changed.
My stepdad, Ken Kerouac, talks with us in the second installment to our Outside Perspective Series. He explains what it was like to have an alcoholic father and we discuss the similarities and differences between drug and alcohol addiction.
Justin joins our Discussion to share his perspective on what it’s like to be stuck in active addiction. We discuss his progression into drug use, the reasons behind it, and Justin opens up about the impact it’s had on his children.
My stepmom, Terri Kastros, talks with me to start the Outside Perspective series. Our first look at viewing addiction from an outside lens. We discuss our story and provide suggestions for those experiencing similar struggles.
Our first episode: We discuss the brand, what we’re looking to accomplish, how we’re going to accomplish it, and where we’re hoping to go. O.D. will be interwoven in the fabric of the community we serve. Each piece telling its own story.