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Though Russell Brand may be best known for his irreverent comedy and as the ex-husband of a certain saccharine pop star, he also happens to be remarkably thoughtful about his struggle with addiction.

He illustrates his daily struggle to resist using as well as his deep compassion for those still struggling in this article for the guardian. He touches on the personal tragedy of Amy Winehouse’s substance-related death and outlines a beautifully articulate response to those who see ending drug use as merely a matter of choice or willpower.

It is not often that such high profile celebrities speak out about the serious struggle of substance use and dependency in our culture, where the pain of living can be so acute and the resources for healthy relief so few and far between. I applaud him for this instrumental contribution toward the reduction of stigma and increase of compassion and understanding around chronic substance dependency.

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