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Brenden decided to videotape the moment where he revealed to his 8-year-old son, that his mother has died as a result of a drug overdose. The video has been viewed over 36 million times and shared over 700,000 times. Brenden’s video has received both praise and criticism, and he joins ER physician Dr. Travis Stork to explain why he went public with the tragic news.
“I did it to open up the eyes of a lot of drug addicts in hopes they would see what it does to our children especially,” he says, explaining that a string of other drug-related deaths in his hometown compelled him to use social media.
Psychologist & sex therapist Dr. Chris Donaghue commends Brenden for his approach in sharing the tragic news with his son in the way he did. “You want to be open and honest. We call this an invisible cause of death. The child is aware that something has happened and you need to be open and honest about [the death] and also, follow their lead, answer any questions. You might be going through a mourning period, but your child is going to need a lot of presence from you. You have to lean in.”
Brenden tells The Doctors that while he has struggled with drugs for much of his life, he is currently sober for over 100 days and is committed to staying clean.
Ken Seeley, certified addiction specialist from A&E’s “Intervention,” joins the panel to share some advice on how Brenden can stay on his path of sobriety. He recommends sticking his with 12-step program and to also seek out therapy to aid with the trauma he’s experienced surrounding the death of his son’s mother. In order to help Brenden stay sober, The Doctors have arranged for him and his son to work with therapist Marilyn Burns, who wrote the book “Lost No More” about losing her own son to addiction.
Find out the surprises The Doctors have for Brenden and his family, which should help him follow his life’s passion and hopefully stay sober in the video below. Also, we have some amazing surprises for his Brenden’s mother Denise, who is the legal guardian of his son. The Doctors wish the entire family continued health and success.
If you or someone you know is struggling with addition, help can be found at the National Drug & Alcohol Treatment Hotline at 1-800-662-HELP.