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“Thank God I got him into rehab, now he’ll be fine.”

On Nov.16, 2016, 28-year-old Danny Orens passed away after battling with a substance-use disorder for 11 years. He had recently celebrated two years of sobriety. Jon Orens, Danny’s father, remained remarkably calm and collected while he talked to our class about Danny. I admire this about him – to me, his composure reflected the immense amount of passion he has for educating others on addiction...

recap/reflection on guest speakers

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Both guest speakers, Richard Stockwell and Scott McLane, provided us with authentic and engaging stories regarding their personal experiences with drug addiction and recovery. Scott, who chose to speak first, despite having a broken home had been an academic overachiever all his life, especially throughout high school. His life took an unexpected turn once he was in college and his alcohol...

The power of altruism: Scott McLane and Rich Stockwell reflect on recovery

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Scott McClane’s candid honesty and compelling story of years toiling with addiction reminded me of the power of oral history. This is illuminated in Richard Stockwell’s assertion, “helping another alcoholic is the best way to sustain sobriety.” An essential part of the solution to the epidemic of addiction is for us to hear the honest stories of those who have endured and...

Are treatment centers failing their patients?

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“Treatment failed me from day one,” McLane said. When McLane first started treatment, he did not have a car. The treatment center he went to was supposed to pick him to take him to AA meetings, but one day the van never showed. McLane could have easily skipped the meeting and gone to the nearest bar, but he chose to walk a mile to the treatment center instead. Although McLane showed perseverance...

Scott McLane: “Addiction is Not Like The Anonymous People”

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Scott McLane is unapologetically honest about his road to recovery. I knew he an interesting character as soon as he started out with stating that the Anonymous People is not a good representation of people trying to overcome addiction and stay in long-term recovery. I appreciated his honesty in relation to the fact that most people struggle. People who have addiction problems do not wake up and...

Scott McLane’s Road to Recovery

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Scott McLane thought The Anonymous People was a fairytale version of what real life people in long term recovery really go through. As a person in recovery and sponsor for many, Scott spoke honestly and uncensored when sharing his history and relationship with alcohol. Despite attending a successful high school, and being accepted into prestigious colleges like Columbia, Scott still felt small...

Reflection on Scott McLane and Rich Stockwell

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Looking back on Scott McLane’s talk, one trait stands out about him: honest. He shared details about his past of addiction and his grievances about the treatment available for anyone addicted. Rich Stockwell shared emotions that were just as raw. He told the class he had two telephone poles along his daily commute to run into at 80 mph, saying he thought his wife and kids would be better...

Reflection on Scott McLane

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“The system failed me,” was the blunt opening to Scott’s McLane’s story, a sentiment that resonates with  many others. The public services offered to those with substance abuse disorders simply put in motion a vicious cycle of poor recovery methods and a lack of support that makes it easy to relapse. Scott’s experience shows that the system in place lacks a crucial element to recovery: human...

Tales from Scott McLane

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When Scott McLane told us that the Anonymous people wasn’t real life, I knew he had a story to tell. Charismatically, McLane reeled us through a story of addiction that I knew all too much to be true. From the debating to kill yourself to disappointing your family, I knew he was the real deal. I know the system isn’t perfect but he overcame. He’s a very real person. McLane brought a friend of his...

Scott McLane: recovery not like the movies

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Immediately as Scott McLane began his chat with us on Tuesday, I was struck by his statement that The Anonymous People is just not real life. Like many others, I know what addiction looks like, and it was frustrating at times to watch that documentary because, although it had some substance, there was so much optimism that it couldn’t feel real. Scott’s honestly didn’t end...

Good v. Bad Solutions Journalism

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Good Example: Kids in Prison by Sarah Gonzalez. This is actually an audio package news series. There are multiple parts to this story. However, the gist is that black teenagers are tried as adults at a larger rate than their white counterparts. The first part of this story begins with a lot of data-heavy information about the disparity. The story then goes on to explain the hostile relationship...

No Fairytale, The Recovery of Scott McLane

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Scott was very frank in his presentation, speaking without censorship in a way that contrasted with the ‘fairytale’ reality of recovery presented by The Anonymous People. His story recounted how the system of recovery networks failed him from the day he fell into his addiction. Scott described his addiction beginning with his father’s, conceding that while he was accepted to...

Scott McLane’s Road to Recovery

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“I’m not really good at not wearing it [Scott’s past] on my sleeve. Why should I lie?” After listening to Scott McLane’s story on Tuesday, this quote stuck with me. To me, these words represented how Scott chooses to live his life, bravely and genuinely. He overcame his past, despite any obstacles, and it is something he is proud of. Scott discussed how he was always known as the kid in his...

Comparing news and solutions reporting

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Two stories, one subject and very different goals. There is a distinct difference between the approach to covering Addiction in traditional news and solutions journalism formats. Take for example, the coverage of a large confiscation and subsequent arrest by the Philadelphia Police Department as told by Philly.com on Feb. 2. In “Officials announce near-record drug bust” the story...

Comparing Solutions Journalism from Traditional Journalism

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Though there are countless articles dedicated to covering addiction, there are clear distinctions between solutions journalism and traditional Journalism. “Espanola: The Town that Tried Everything to Fight Addiction” was written by Leah Todd in August 2016. It explores the lack of progress made towards preventing drug overdose in Rio Arriba County, New Mexico despite numerous effects to combat...