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Alicia Cook

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Sorry I Haven’t Texted You Back author Alicia Cook tells us the stories we need to hear | Alicia Cook

Sidewalk Talk

Drug addiction and the loneliness and mental health struggles that often precede it are highly talked about issues facing our country right now, but that wasn’t always the case. Back in 2006, when author Alicia Cook’s cousin, Jess, died of an overdose, death from drug addiction was often swept under the rug. While it’s become much more of a frontline policy talking point in the years since, people like Alicia are still determined, maybe now more than ever after the year we’ve had, to tell the stories of families plagued by the dual issues of drug addiction and mental health.  On this episode of The Sidewalk Talk podcast, Traci sits down with Alicia, author of the wildly beloved book of poems, Sorry I Haven’t Texted You Back, to discuss the biggest lessons Alicia’s learned about drug addiction and loss throughout her journey, the intention behind her book, and the policy changes around drug addiction and mental health both women hope to see happen in the near future.  Alicia’s journey of becoming a voice to this voiceless population of people affected by drug addiction really started when her cousin Jess overdosed at the age of 19. Alicia takes a few minutes to honor Jess during this conversation, sharing the other stories that have touched her the most in the process. Traci and Alicia’s conversation concludes with Alicia’s mission to give voice to the loneliness of our generation, and her word for you: everything is temporary, sometimes we just have to wait for the sun to come up on a new day. This is a vitally important conversation, don’t miss it.  Episode Milestones [00:07] Intro  [03:02] Meet Alicia  [06:50] Honoring Alicia’s cousin, Jess Cook   [11:33] The biggest lessons Alicia has learned on her journey  [14:56] The stories that have touched Alicia the most  [20:04] Alicia’s intention for Sorry I Haven’t Texted You Back [26:55] How Alicia has fun amidst writing about a lot of heavy stuff  [29:46] Giving voice to loneliness  [34:35] Policy changes around drug addiction and mental health  [41:09] Alicia’s self-care routine  [45:26] Alicia’s word and poem for you [48:12] Outro  Resources Mentioned Sorry I Haven’t Texted You Back I hope My Voice Doesn’t Skip Stuff I’ve Been Feeling Lately Standout Quotes from the Episode “There wasn’t a voice for these families, and I inevitably became that voice.”—Alicia Cook  “It’s always so scary to put something so vulnerable and personal out there into the world. But what I’ve learned is, it’s necessary.”—Alicia Cook  “Dismantling the stigma—the number one weapon we have to do this is our storytelling.”—Alicia Cook   “Advocates are born the minute someone they love dies.”—Alicia Cook “Our mental health, whether we’re in a good state or a bad state, touches so many parts of our lives, and it’s impossible to compartmentalize, even though the world tells us we need to compartmentalize.”—Alicia Cook  “When someone wants to recover, and wants to begin that journey, there needs to be a bed for them. They need help immediately—they can’t wait another day.”—Alicia Cook   “Even if you feel like things can’t get any worse, that things won’t get better in your life, you need to just hold on, because everything is temporary. Sometimes you just have to wait for the sun to rise and a better day to begin.”—Alicia Cook  Connect: Find | Sidewalk Talk Podcast At sidewalk-talk.org On Instagram: @sidewalktalkorg On Twitter: @sidewalktalkorg Find | Traci Ruble At Traciruble.com On Instagram: @TraciRubleMFT On Twitter: @TraciRubleMFT On Facebook: @TraciRubleMFT

48mins

9 Mar 2021

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Conversations w/ Alicia Cook on Motivation, Coffee, & Boundaries

Blooming Beyond Borders

On this week's episode, Alicia Cook and I sit on her comfy couch and discuss why it's so hard for the both of us to find motivation in our daily lives, what we've learned about coping with anxiety, our views on empathy and boundaries, and of course, how to practice and experience self growth in a loving, nurturing way. Both growing up in small town North Carolina, there is a familiarity to this conversation that felt like home- just two dear friends talking about all the ways in which we struggle and how we are learning to acknowledge and communicate our own personal needs more and more each day. Enjoy, and keep on blooming! 

44mins

15 Jan 2021

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#33: Alicia Cook, poet

Betterism

Glen and Alicia explore the art of poetry, mental health, and how to navigate authenticity.--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/betterism/messageSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/betterism/support

1hr 32mins

15 Nov 2020

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Episode 5 - Alicia Cook - Mental Health Awareness and Steps You Can Take To Improve Your Mental Health

The Ryan Kennedy Show

Alicia Cook is an established writer and award-winning activist from New Jersey whose work has been featured in numerous media outlets including the NY Post; CNN; USA Today; the HuffPost; LA Times; American Songwriter Magazine; and Bustle.  Her bestselling book of poetry, “Stuff I’ve Been Feeling Lately” was a finalist in the 2016 Goodreads Choice Awards.  Her activism to fight the opioid epidemic is far-reaching and has garnered a worldwide readership. She advocates for families affected by drug addiction and speaks candidly about how her experiences have affected her mental health.  Website: http://thealiciacook.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thealiciacook/

1hr

19 Sep 2019

Most Popular

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Episode 4: Alicia Cook, poet and activist

Good Poetry

Alicia Cook is a poet and activist from New Jersey. Her first collection of poems, “Stuff I’ve Been Feeling Lately”, was a finalist for the 2016 Goodreads Choice Awards. Her second collection, “I Hope My Voice Doesn’t Skip”, was released on June 5th, 2018. Alicia’s work is honest, melodic, and at once free-flowing and surgical. In this episode we talk about the inspiration for her books, how she uses form to convey her voice, and of the importance of hope.You can purchase Alicia’s new book, “I Hope My Voice Doesn’t Skip”, on Amazon. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1449494242/The song, “Hope”, she co-wrote that is discussed in this episode can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q9rRwAtcKx0You can find out more about Alicia and her work at www.thealiciacook.com.You can follow Good Poetry on Instagram, at @goodpoetrypodcast. You can also find us on Facebook and if you’d like to support the podcast you can do so through patreon.com.

30mins

13 Jun 2018

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What Heroin and Pill Addiction is Doing to American Families with Alicia Cook

Unscripted with Nell Daly

Do you have a family member or know someone who is addicted or has been addicted to pills?   Benzodiazepines and opioids are highly addictive medications and big pharma and the doctors who push prescribe them are partly responsible for the growing heroine epidemic.  Alicia Cook, activist and writer and family survivor (her cousin died of an overdose) talk.  

32mins

30 Nov 2017

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PODCAST #19 Interview with Activist Alicia Cook

Coming Up for Air — Families Speak to Families about Addiction

This week's episode of Coming up for Air may have had some technical difficulty, but Laurie and Annie powered through it to welcome their guest The Alicia Cook! Alicia Cook is an established writer and award-winning activist from New Jersey. Her work has appeared on the Huffington Post, CNN, USA Today, Teen Vogue, and many more. She gained international attention with the publication of her essay “The Other Side of Addiction“, which explores how the family is affected by addiction. Cook is extremely active in her efforts to combat the heroin epidemic, including writing, podcast appearances, and speaking to students and their parents. PBS Executive Producer, Steve Rogers, created an episode of his Emmy-nominated documentary series, “Here’s the Story” around Cook and her efforts entitled “A Family Disease.” The episode was dedicated to Cook’s cousin, Jessica, who passed away from a drug overdose in 2006. The episode was officially selected in the New Jersey Recovery Film Festival in 2017.Become a member of Allies in Recovery today and learn a proven method for how to unblock the situation and guide your addicted loved one towards treatment: http://alliesinrecovery.net/

1hr 7mins

24 Jul 2017

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SHAIR 85: “The Other Side of Addiction” with The Alicia Cook, the aftermath of Heroin Overdose.

The SHAIR Recovery Podcast

Alicia Cook joins us on The SHAIR Podcast today. She writes on the other side of addiction. In other words, how addiction directly affects the family, and loved ones, of the addict. Her articles are read, and shared, by tens of thousands. She writes for the Huffington Post, and Gannett, on topic of addiction, and also regularly shares other people’s stories on how they were touched by addiction. Her website is TheAliciaCook.com where she discusses the other side of addiction. The Other Side of Addiction shares stories of people who have experienced this disease. After losing her cousin to a heroin overdose, Alicia began using her words to help other families going through similar situations feel less alone. These are very personal accounts, written to shed light on this deadly epidemic and prove that anyone can be affected. Articles have appeared in the Huffington Post, Asbury Park Press, The Advertiser, Addiction Unscripted, on the national news, and hundreds of other addiction awareness sites.   

1hr 1min

27 Sep 2016

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SHAIR 85: “The Other Side of Addiction” with The Alicia Cook, the aftermath of Heroin Overdose.

The SHAIR Recovery Podcast

Alicia Cook joins us on The SHAIR Podcast today. She writes on the other side of addiction. In other words, how addiction directly affects the family, and loved ones, of the addict. Her articles are read, and shared, by tens of thousands. She writes for the Huffington Post, and Gannett, on topic of addiction, and also regularly shares other people’s stories on how they were touched by addiction. Her website is TheAliciaCook.com where she discusses the other side of addiction. The Other Side of Addiction shares stories of people who have experienced this disease. After losing her cousin to a heroin overdose, Alicia began using her words to help other families going through similar situations feel less alone. These are very personal accounts, written to shed light on this deadly epidemic and prove that anyone can be affected. Articles have appeared in the Huffington Post, Asbury Park Press, The Advertiser, Addiction Unscripted, on the national news, and hundreds of other addiction awareness sites.   

1hr 1min

27 Sep 2016