An Intimate Look At How People Confront The Dangers Of Substance Abuse

As we’ve seen in the last few weeks with the apparent heroin overdose death of Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, and “20/20” anchor Elizabeth Vargas opening up about her past alcohol abuse, nobody is immune from the potential harm that substance abuse can cause.

This week on MY Lifestyle Extra, we have an intimate discussion with a woman who has been on both sides of the fence. After working as a substance abuse counselor and being clean from more than 16 years, Staci Assael got hooked on painkillers after a bus accident.

Now out of that dark chapter in her life, find out Assael’s thoughts on overcoming it all, why celebrity struggles with drugs and alcohol prove that those vices are a threat to people of all socioeconomic positions, and some tips on helping others who deal with addition.