Addiction: Gerardo Gonzalez, Reina Zelonky, and Anne Bainbridge
Here’s a quote from late, great, David Bowie, from 2000: "Drinking even one glass would kill me. I'm an alcoholic, so it would be the kiss of death for me to start drinking again. My relationships with my friends and family has been so good for so many years now, I would not do anything to destroy that again. It's very hard to have relationships when you're doing drugs and drinking, for me personally anyway." Those words illustrate the kind of isolation that come along with substance abuse.
In this episode, I talk to Gerardo Gonzalez, the chef at El Rey restaurant in New York City who comes from a family of people who struggle with addiction, Reina Zelonky, a therapist whose work focuses on managing substance abuse and healing relationships, and my mother, Anne Bainbridge, who is three years sober.