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Pot and Pain Killers Kept McNeil Off The Air


He said he was a little nervous before he came back on the air at WSCR-AM. Dan McNeil told his Chicago audience that he hadn't been happy and he turned to pot and painkillers and was ready to quit his job. McNeil has had trouble with drugs before. He said, "I returned to a lifestyle of daily weed and pain medication. I got lazy, stopped going to meetings and contacting my sponsor. I'm an addict."

It was powerful radio for sure and it did not come easy for McNeil. His partner Matt Spiegel told him, on the air, "I will not pretend this is with full-on trust or joy. We felt betrayed. You know you need to regain some trust." McNeil says he owes his job to WSCR-AM PD Mitch Rosen who, he said, should have fired him. McNeil also apologized to the listeners who he has had a 25-year relationship with.

Listen to McNeil's return HERE

(1/7/2014 12:12:30 PM)
Addiction is a chronic, progressive brain disease. It's treatable. Perhaps not as successfully as one might like, but on a par with other chronic diseases that require substantial behavioral change, like diabetes and hypertension.

For a not-for-profit website that discusses the science of substance use and abuse in accessible English (how alcohol and drugs work in the brain;

- steve castleman
(12/23/2013 1:55:54 PM)
Sticks and stones, Lydia, may break my bones, but your hateful words hurt only you. Must be awfully dark in there.

Stem and seeds, however, then we got a beef.

- Steve
(12/23/2013 1:10:02 PM)
"Hasn't hurt me yet." Is that Steve or Charlie Sheen? Every addict's famous line. Always needs a second opinion.

- Lydia
(12/23/2013 12:11:36 PM)
And, you know, there could be worse things than not giving a sh*t. . . like projecting one's own hostility onto other people and their children.

Just sayin'.

- Steve
(12/23/2013 12:06:13 PM)
Hasn't hurt me yet.

See you in Colorado, January 1, 2014!

- Steve

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