The Point Of No Return (PONR) podcast is a show that draws rightful attention to the issue of drug use, addiction, and the opioid epidemic that has grown so vast over the years. Episodes offer a wide range of perspectives, from recovered addicts and their families, to law enforcement, industry leaders, doctors, support groups, authors, filmmakers, actors – essentially, humans from all walks of life who have found themselves affected by the grip of addiction.
In the US, a person is more likely to die from an Opioid overdose than in a car accident.
Quotes like the above can prove shocking to many, and these appear amidst stories and discussions that lean right into the intense and difficult – getting straight into the gritty, the struggle, never dressing things up or avoiding the core essentials of the topic.
Nothing is held back, the hosts of the show welcome their guests with understanding and offer them the time in which to really detail their journey. In the same instance, their questions dig deep into addiction, with the intention of uncovering precisely what it is that draws people towards drug use in the first place, and why they struggle to walk away from it.
A recent episode welcomed the one and only Wes Geer of Korn, now ten years sober, to talk about his past – his descent into drug use, his struggles, and his ultimate climb to recovery. As a music fan, the interview is refreshingly real and interesting in itself. The insight into the opoid crisis and what it truly does to the lives of those it impacts is also incredibly eye-opening and immensely important for people to understand.
In terms of inspiring those stuck in the shadows of addiction, there’s a genuine thread of hope and possibility to the conversation – the hosts help guide this, directing things in a manner that keeps both realness and optimism within reach.
Wes is a pleasure to listen to, his stories as a rock star were so heavily connected to his drug use that you can’t help but realise how difficult it must be to step away from intoxication; or to even make the decision to try.
The Addiction Podcast has been running for over two years and is 115 episodes deep – a fact that showcases in itself just how vast the epidemic really is. Another recent episode welcomed Brandon Jordan of Kill Radio to talk about his journey, a unique tale again, a different individual, a different type of person, yet still connecting music and success to drug use. The great thing about these episodes is that the people who feature within them are indeed so very different to one another – addiction can get to anyone, from any walk of life, and the more we come to terms with that, the better equipped we are as a society to help with and overcome this epidemic. Point Of No Return is making huge steps towards that by laying everything out on the table, and reminding those suffering that they are far from alone.
Whether you’re currently affected by these issues or not, this is one of the most revealing and interesting podcasts around right now. The honesty, the openness, and the variety of guests already under its belt, all helps make it absolutely worth letting run as you go about your day.