It's Ugly, But We Need Your Help

August 12, 2014 9:07 PM

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I woke up today in a sea emotions as the realization that the genius of Robin Williams has left us. As a recovering addict and someone who has struggled with the depths of depression, the news of another celebrity's death leaves me feeling both terrified and furious. Until you've waded through the waters of dark depression, you'll never realize what a razor-thin line separates our stability and fragile mental health. Whenever I see an active addict slumped over in an alleyway, or see someone with obvious mental health issues being ostracized on the subway, I quietly remind myself, "There but for the grace of God, go I."

I think one of the most telling lines from Robin Williams was when he said: "Comedy is acting out optimism." I don't think there is an addict out there, either in recovery or still using, who doesn't identify with that sentiment. We all have our own reasons for numbing our demons with drug or alcoho...

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