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Addiction Has No Boundaries

from Bruce Dowbiggin of the Globe and Mail,

Known to millions as the host of Hockey Night in Canada, Scott Oake has been keeping something quiet for more than a year now: the loss of his eldest son Bruce to a fatal spiral of addiction.

Thirteen months ago, Bruce died in Calgary of an accidental drug overdose at the age of 25. After a brief leave to grieve, the CBC sportscaster returned to the broadcast booth to complete the 2011 playoffs and 2011-12 regular season. But the pain remains.
Scott Oake with his wife Anne and youngest son Darcy, an acclaimed illusionist, who is performing a charity magic show at Manitoba Theatre Centre June 14 and 15 in support of addiction.

“That’s the one thing we learned,” Scott says, recounting the tragedy from the living room of his Winnipeg home, accompanied by wife Anne and their youngest son Darcy. “That addiction knows no socioeconomic boundaries. We’re just an average family.”

Bruce Oake was one of more than 36,000 people who died of a drug overdose in North America in 2011.

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Speedy's avatar

a topic close to my heart,recently completed my 24th year of sobriety,Bob Probert is my inspiration.i met him in 1989,and he encouraged me.8 years later he remembered me and his 1st words were are you clean.his father died on my 21st bday.there is no way i could ever dream to drink again,Bob for all the faults some in the media in Detroit place uypon him….he was a kind,gentle and shy soul.every day i am sober now i know he looks down with his trademark grin,and says atta boy.tears streaming,i can never tell him how much he changed my life.everytime i see a person who could be like i was i try to reach out.life is too precious,too joyful,our days are limited…....my last 24 years i’ve seen and enjoyed things beyond my wildest dreams.i never say a person is beyond hope,in the word impossible is the phrase i’m possible.god bless all who aspire to live better,to overcome addiction,and the biases of those who misunderstand it is a defect in the brain one must muster an inner strength to overcome,each day one day at a time.

Posted by Speedy on 05/01/12 at 02:14 AM ET

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