Angela Kennecke talks with Dr. Nzinga Harrison about how stigma is killing people with addiction because it prevents them from getting help. Dr. Harrison is working to change the conversation around substance use disorder and encouraging it to be treated like any other disease. In this episode of Grieving Out Loud, she shares a new approach to those who suffer from addiction which involves compassion and support.
Dr. Harrison is the Chief Medical Officer and Co-Founder of Eleanor Health, whose mission is to help people affected by addiction live full, healthy lives. She was also featured in the documentary, Tipping the Pain Scale.
Dr. Nzinga Harrison earned her Bachelor’s degree in Biology with Spanish and Chemistry minors at Howard University and completed medical school at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and General Psychiatry Residency at Emory University. She is Board-Certified in Adult General Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine and has spent her career treating individuals with Serious Persistent Mental Illness and Addictive Diseases. Currently, she holds adjunct faculty appointments at the Morehouse School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry, is a Co-Founder of Physicians for Criminal Justice Reform, Inc., and Campaign Psychiatrist for Let’s Get Mentally Fit, public education and stigma-reduction campaign.
Angela Kennecke is a journalist who lost her 21-year-old daughter Emily to fentanyl poisoning on May 16, 2018. Angela is “grieving out loud” to try to put an end to this epidemic by stopping the stigma and promoting the treatment of substance use disorder as the disease it is. Anyone coping with loss and looking for inspiration can benefit from listening to this podcast.