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Podcast: Early Life Trauma, Addiction, and Acceptance With Deconstructing Stigma’s Charles King

February 19, 2019

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Today, Trevor shares how depression manifests itself physically in his body. Then we talk to Charles King (09:20), a participant in McLean’s Deconstructing Stigma campaign whose story was too compelling not to share. Charles bravely shares his struggles with alcoholism, drug addiction, suicidal thoughts, bipolar disorder, depression, and anxiety.

As the son of drug addicted parents, Charles began running drugs for local dealers at just 5 years old and regularly had to provide clean urine samples for his mom to pass off as her own. Charles talks about the physical and mental abuse he suffered as a child and how he only felt loved and accepted when he was on drugs.

Now clean and sober, Charles is enrolled in college working toward a nursing degree and currently works as a surgical pathologist.

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