Grieving Out Loud with Angela Kennecke

Warning signs your loved one may be abusing drugs: Insights from a grieving father

Grieving Out Loud host Angela Kennecke received a special invitation to the White House this year, where she met with some of America’s top government officials working to end the historic drug crisis. The visit included discussions with prominent figures such as our nation’s drug czar, the CDC director, and the Second Gentleman, Douglas Emhoff, Vice President Kamala Harris’s husband. 

Angela also had the opportunity to connect with parents who, like herself, are grappling with the heartbreaking loss of their children to the fentanyl epidemic. One of those parents, Gary Carter, is the guest on this episode.

Join us in this very candid conversation as Gary reflects on some of the signs he may have missed when his son started experimenting with drugs. He shares the difficult moments and lessons learned as he watched his son battle substance use disorder, find recovery, and then, amidst the hope and joy–suddenly die from fentanyl.

Despite his profound grief, Gary is on a mission to help others identify warning signs of drug use and substance disorder through support groups and Hope’s Room. Prepare for an enlightening and empowering discussion as we tackle one of the nation’s most significant challenges.

  • Gary's son, Bryant
  • Gary Carter and his wife at a march for those lost to fentanyl
  • Gary Carter, founder of Hope's Room