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U.S. Rep. Madeleine Dean and Harry Cunnane courtesy Simon and Schuster
Combating Addiction and Fighting for Recovery Programs: Congresswoman Dean is on a Mission
February 05, 2021
U.S. House Representative  Madeleine Dean and her son Harry Cunnane discuss their new double-memoir, “Under Our Roof” about addiction, faith, and recovery.
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Lord, I am Not Worthy-When Addiction Comes Home February 05, 2021
Before she became a Congresswoman, Madeleine Dean was a Pennsylvania state lawmaker, attorney, college professor, and mother of a Catholic family so devout her uncle, a priest, lived with them and held Mass in their home. By middle school, son Harry Cunnane experimented with drugs and alcohol that quickly derailed his life and nearly upended his family. Dean and Cunnane discuss their new double-memoir, “Under Our Roof: A Son’s Battle for Recovery; a Mother’s Battle for Her Son,” and discuss why they wanted to share this painful chapter with the public.

When Harry was in rehab, his counselors told him to expect a “miracle” -- some moment in his recovery where the pieces would fall together, the pain would recede and he would know life after addiction was not only possible but beautiful. Cunnane and his mother, Representative Madeleine Dean describe what people of faith, like themselves, can do to break the stereotype of addicts as weak or sinful or somehow immoral and treat them like the ill people they are.

Madeleine Dean. United States Representative (D) from Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. and author of Under Our Roof: A Son’s Battle for Recovery; a Mother’s Battle for Her Son, from Convergent/Penguin Random House.

Hary Cunnane. Regional resource director for Caron Treatment Centers, and co-author of Under Our Roof.

Under Our Roof-courtesy Simon and Schuster
Under Our Roof
Convergent/Penguin Random House
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From their House to the House of Representatives: Working to Fix a Broken System February 05, 2021
Representative Madeleine Dean and her son Harry Cunnane discuss Dean’s newly proposed END Stigma Act, which she hopes will reverse some of the perpetual ills of the so-called “war on drugs” legislation that she said criminalized mental illness and addiction. Dean highlights the failure of the War on Drugs, its disparate impact on Black Americans and people of color, and the harm caused by criminalizing mental health.

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