Docu-Style TV Series ADDICTION UNPLUGGED films Military Focused Episode at Tampa Addiction Treatment Center

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Slated to air this fall on major US cable channel and other global outlets, "ADDICTION UNPLUGGED" aims to de-stigmatize substance use disorders. The show is filming a military & veteran episode this week at Riverside Recovery of Tampa.

Drug abuse and mental health are obviously major concerns with our Veterans and we want to publicize the struggle of the brave men and women of our Armed Services, so the shame and stigma will be reduced.

“ADDICTION UNPLUGGED” is working to humanize addiction and recovery throughout the United States through their new unscripted docu-style reality television show.

Riverside Recovery of Tampa will host “ADDICTION UNPLUGGED” for filming an episode on Veterans and Addiction. Interviews with alumni, staff, and industry experts will focus on combating drug abuse, mental health, and stigma in the veteran and military community.

Iraq war veteran, Dan Nevins will be on hand to teach a yoga session with veterans and share his inspiring story after an IED exploded under his vehicle in 2004. "Yoga gives people the tools to look inside themselves for answers to all their problems and that's a really important skill for veterans and military members dealing with the physical and invisible wounds of war, such as addiction. I used to cope with my PTSD by doing physical activities, but yoga has actually helped me heal from it. It's a powerful tool in combination with therapy and treatment that changes and saves lives every day of the healing process," says Nevins.

Stuart Goffman, creator and co-executive producer of “ADDICTION UNPLUGGED” explains, “Drug abuse and mental health are obviously major concerns with our Veterans and we want to publicize the struggle of the brave men and women of our Armed Services, so the shame and stigma will be reduced. We chose Riverside Recovery of Tampa to work with us to shine a light on this issue. They have experience, ties to the military community, and a special program dedicated to treating veterans.”

Brian Anderson of Veteran’s Alternative, which partners with Riverside’s VALOR military program, and other veteran advocates will highlight the great work being done in the Tampa community to partner with military and veterans who suffer from substance use disorders.

“We are very excited to be selected as the host treatment center for the Military and Veterans episode of “ADDICTION UNPLUGGED”,” says Kirk Kirkpatrick, Co-Founder and CEO of Riverside Recovery of Tampa. “The military has a long history as a great neighbor in the Tampa Bay community. We are proud to “give back” with our VALOR Program to help our country’s veterans dealing with addiction and mental health.”

“ADDICTION UNPLUGGED” follows millennial motivational speaker/rapper Ben Stone across the US, city by city, as he humanizes addiction and recovery, working to de-stigmatize the disease. “ADDICTION UNPLUGGED” will debut this fall via a major US cable channel and other TV outlets, globally.

The media is invited to Riverside Recovery at 11 am on Tuesday June 19th to meet the staff of the show and veterans participating in the filming.

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