Mackenzie P. is an American actress and singer who gained stardom in the 1970’s on a long-running television show. Because of her drug and alcohol abuse, she began arriving late and was even incoherent for rehearsals. She voluntarily entered Fair Oaks Hospital in 1980 and, after she completed treatment in 1981, the producers invited her back to the show. However, in 1982, she collapsed on the show’s set. She was fired again, this time for good. Experiencing a lifetime troubled by drug abuse, McKenzie succeeded in getting clean and sober in 2008 and now dedicates her time, through speaking and counseling, to helping others to do the same. She’s had a long and impressive filmography of roles in films, television, and stage, and has authored two books: High on Arrival (2009), and Hopeful Healing: Essays on Managing Recovery and Surviving Addiction (2017).
She currently works at the Breathe Life Healing Center in West Hollywood, California, as a drug rehab counselor.
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Brad L. is the founder of Breathe Life Healing Centers, and an American interventionist, educator and
author. “How to Help” details the theory and practice of a system of psychosocial intervention he
designed and named “Breakfree Intervention,” which trains, and then utilizes the “voices that matter” –
the friends and family of the identified loved one – as an ongoing support group or “circle of change.”
He has asserted that substance abusers with strong familial and social support systems are five times
as likely to succeed in their goal of sobriety as persons lacking support. He calls this supportive system
a “firewall.” He also speaks and works on issues of eating disorders, food and obesity with individuals
and organizations. He is also the author of a self-help book on the diet-obsessed public’s “need to
feed” and compulsive eating in the face of the obesity epidemic.
An authority on body dysmorphic disorder, male eating disorders and addiction (including
steroids), Brian C. is the author of the best-selling book, Shattered Image: My Triumph Over Body
Dysmorphic Disorder. It chronicles his first-hand experiences living with, and recovering from, 27 years
of eating disorders, alcoholism, drug addiction and Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD).
Brian has appeared on prestigious talk shows such as The Katie Couric Show as well as numerous
media outlets around the country. He also writes extensively on these subjects. His columns have
appeared on CNN.com, FoxNews.com, The Huffington Post and in online and print newspapers around