Interview with a Grandfather by Chelsey Russell of Youth Radio Vermont

October 10, 2011 in Youthcast by Molly Adams

As I've learned about and experienced drug and alcohol addiction and recovery through people who are close to me, it's been a struggle for me to understand why people just can't stop. There's a conflict between what I understand to be a personal responsibility and accepting that an addict is controlled by something outside themselves. It's certainly hard to understand addiction and illness when you yourself don't struggle with it.

In this week's episode, Chelsey Russell interviews her grandfather about his struggle with alcoholism, and the faith he has put in Jesus to help in recover. It is part of a series of honest and serious conversations about the roles that religion plays in young people's lives, from how prayer works itself into the daily life a Muslim girl, how atheism reassures a young man who has struggled with darkness in his life, and the global differences in Christian church culture.

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The above photo was taken by Flickr user Efenstor. It is of his or her grandfather and comes with a poignant story about alcoholism. Read it at the photo's page here.