"We're not alone. People who have this addiction, and people who love people who have this addiction — we're not alone."
In this episode of My Heart Still Beats, Kate O'Neill talks about the life and death of her sister, Madelyn "Maddie" Linsenmeir, who struggled for years with opioid addiction.
Kate wrote a candid obituary for her sister that went viral, and is now spending the year writing for the Seven Days series Hooked: Stories and Solutions from Vermont's Opioid Crisis.
My Heart Still Beats is a project of Writers for Recovery and Vermont Public Radio. The series features conversations and original writing from Vermont's recovery community: people in recovery from substance use disorder, and people helping those in recovery rebuild their lives.
Explore the full six-part series, and find a broadcast schedule, here.
My Heart Still Beats has support from the VPR Innovation Fund, and SB Signs. This series was produced by Bess O'Brien and Gary Miller, with editing by Erica Heilman and music by Brian Clark.