Grieving Out Loud with Angela Kennecke

Nick Schivito’s story; another young life cut short by fentanyl

In this episode of Grieving Out Loud, Brenda Schivito says her son Nick’s drug usage began when he was just a kid and would ride his bike to the gas station and buy Spice, a synthetic marijuana. The adverse side effects of Spice include psychosis, hallucinations, delirium, and paranoia. When Nick was older, he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, and his battle with substance use disorder kicked into high gear. Nick died of fentanyl poisoning at the age of 22. 

In response to their family’s tragedy, Brenda started Angels Against Addiction. This non-profit organization is raising awareness and helping people getting out of inpatient treatment for substance use disorder transition into recovery communities. 

Brenda also hosts a cable program called, You Are Not Alone.