Episode Summary

In an exceptionally raw and candid podcast episode, we’re offered a glimpse into the intimate journey of a father and daughter, Drew and Emory Ruth Powell, as they traverse the arduous landscape of addiction, resilience, and ultimately, healing. The episode paints a stark and emotive picture of how substance abuse not only consumes the individual but sends ripples through the fabric of family life.

The narrative begins with Emory’s brave account of her childhood—a time marred by her father’s addiction, which unknowingly to her, was far from normalcy. She recalls moments of affection that managed to penetrate the haze of Drew’s struggles, moments that remained a testament to the enduring bonds of family. This sets the stage for a deeper exploration into the nuanced reality that many children face, often silenced by the unspoken truths of a parent’s battle with addiction.

The episode proceeds to unravel the emotional toll of living alongside addiction. Drew shares his attempts to find solace in the construction of personal narratives and the crushing loneliness of battling demons that no one else could see or understand. The discussion pivots to the critical juncture of family intervention—a night of collective prayer and hard truths that eventually propels Drew toward the acceptance of help and the initial steps on the path to recovery.

As we delve further into the process of mending the strained threads of familial bonds, the conversation shifts to the painstaking journey of rebuilding trust. The importance of space, both physical and emotional, is underscored as Emory describes the complexity of her emotions—resentment, longing, and cautious hope—as her father undergoes treatment. The role of therapy emerges as a pivotal support system, helping children navigate the absence of a parent and assisting in the gradual process of re-establishing connections.


Guest Bio: Emory Powell

Emory Powell, at just 18 years old, embodies a story of resilience, hope, and the transformative power of healing. Hailing from Franklin, Tennessee, Emory is not only recognized for her own emerging talents and aspirations but also as the proud daughter of Drew Powell, a distinguished alumnus of Valiant Living.

Growing up in the vibrant community of Franklin, Emory has been shaped by a rich tapestry of experiences, marked by both challenges and triumphs. Her journey is deeply intertwined with her father’s courageous battle with addiction and his transformative journey through recovery at Valiant Living. Witnessing her father’s resilience and the profound impact of support and treatment has instilled in Emory a profound sense of empathy, strength, and a desire to advocate for awareness and understanding around the issues of addiction and mental health.