Daniel McGhee

Daniel McGhee is a Columnist at Grit Daily. He is also the author of Chasing A Flawed Sun, the dynamic true story of addiction and recovery that takes you into the mind, heart, and soul of an addict. At a young age, McGhee became addicted to alcohol and heroin, and was homeless by the age of 18. McGhee lived through multiple overdoses, incarcerations and treatment facilities, and had heart attack at the age of 22. Now sober for 18 years, McGhee works at the Hopes Horizon treatment center, is a well-known community activist, speaker and addiction outreach provider in Baltimore. McGhee is the President and Founder of the non-profit Agape Projects, which fights homelessness and hunger, and provides assistance to low income seniors, helps people impacted by natural disasters, and facilitates animal rescue in Haiti and Honduras.

Is There Really An “Opiate Epidemic?”

We often hear the term “opiate epidemic” in the news, and other media resources, but do we fully understand what that means and how we got here in the first place? An opiate is any drug that is a derivative of the opium poppy. The terms “opiate” and “opioid” explain two different things, however in common culture they are used interchangeably. An opiate is technically a natural derivative of the poppy, whereas opioids are partially or even completely synthetic. There is...

Are You Consumed by ‘Technostress’ and Social Media Addiction?

The amount of time that we spend on social media, and staring down at our smart phones is often joked about and then quickly brushed under the rug.  This “addiction” is oft ignored elephant in the room which is easily more ignored than addressed. However it may be serious enough that it should warrant some of our direct attention.  Are we really controlling our smart phones or are they controlling us? There are new maladies popping up yearly due to the rise in technological...

Is there satisfaction for the sober curious?

You see, I am an alcoholic and have been alcohol free for over a decade. I understand that no one around me should pay the price for my malady, and so I have learned to live with alcohol around me and in my home. On occasion I have even taken trips to the liquor store by myself on short notice to grab beverages for either my ailing partner, or houseguests in need.  One evening while perusing the rows and rows of ornate glass bottles on display with their colorful labels and clever names,...

Do You Love An Addict? If So, Here Are 10 Things You Need To Know

This is a very important list of ten basic tenets that we should follow when dealing with a loved one who is an addict. Some of these may seem obvious, and some may even seem counterintuitive, but after decades spent on both sides of the addiction fence, I guarantee you that these are things that are necessary to help push your loved one in a new direction.  

Embracing your spirit without spirits

In this new age of health awareness, where western culture has found itself permeated with fads such as celery juice and goat yoga it is becoming less cool amongst many of today’s young people to destroy their bodies with drugs and alcohol. For bartenders and liquor reps this may be quite a buzzkill, but for the rest of America this may be a step in the right direction towards societal growth.

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