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TEDxPioneerValley - Tom Stevens - Surviving Addictions Through Change

The addicted person is often unaware of the mayhem caused by their substance use and abuse. It can take a brush with the law or perhaps disassociation from significant others for them to acknowledge that they have a problem. Many never can make that acknowledgement and change. They become periodically institutionalized or incarcerated; their lives may end by accident or by their own hand. The story Tom Stevens, a disabled United States Air Force veteran from Easthampton, Massachusetts, tells is one of personal experience and personal tragedy. "It is my experience that those who are very bright or very talented have can have a powerful denial mechanism in place."About TEDxx = independently organized eventIn the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)See TEDx in action around the globe at TEDx.com
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