09: What Addiction Takes Away and Where Healing Begins with Ed Hector
Did you know: One in seven Americans will be affected by addiction? And the disease is even more prevalent in members of the armed forces, particularly with tobacco, alcohol and prescription drug abuse. Unsurprisingly, the problems created by addiction are many. As veteran Edwyn Hector says, addiction takes you from you. For 18 years, Ed has helped more than 3,000 people work through addiction to gain control at The Salvation Army’s Bell Shelter. Located just outside of Los Angeles, the Bell Shelter is one of the largest homeless shelters west of the Mississippi—and many of its clients are vets. In this episode, Ed talks about addiction, why recovery is different than sobriety, and what it takes to find healing. It all begins with learning to love who you are, Ed says, and he shares how he leads clients to do exactly that. According to Ed, how we feel is how we live. And there’s a lot to love for each one of us. Find show notes for this episode and more at caringmagazine.org/podcast.