Denise’s Addiction Recovery Journey

Posted by Edward Ernest | Mar 25, 2017 | Addiction, Art, Rejected Public Service Announcements | 0 |

We created this public service announcement for drug addiction and thought it was quite effective. However, some people that work here believed it to be offensive. The argument was like a Seinfeld episode, the one about only dentists being allowed to make dentist jokes? Anyway, if a former drug addict created this, can it be offensive?

We just don’t know. Thus, we created a new category of art. Rejected Public Service Announcements and this is the first one.

Now back to the serious topic of drug addiction. I was an addict. I won the fight, but you’re still always an addict. The weird thing is, I never thought I’d be a drug user.

When I was 11 years old, a friend of my 13-year-old brother died, when he took LSD and attempted to go swimming in Lake Ontario. His name was Benji Hayward, and even though I don’t remember his face anymore, his death has always impacted me. After trying to kick drugs for good but still couldn’t shake it, I went to visit my grandmother’s grave to have lunch and a sweet talk. As I ate, the wind picked up and blew my napkin away, right in front of Benji Hayward’s gravestone.

It was a sign.

I had gotten away with being an addict for a long time, but you never know when your time is up. I had abused my body for far too long, and it was time to change. And that was that.

I hope you’re not offended by the rejected public service announcement below, and hopefully, you have a giggle too.


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Photo Cred – Steve Snodgrass

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Edward Ernest

Edward Ernest is pretty much the coolest guy that ever lived.......according to himself. He's one of the founders of and has zero respect from any of his colleagues.To the outside world, he's this very nice upstanding citizen, but behind closed doors he's one of the meanest people we know.Yes, he writes nice articles and gives good advice. It might even seem like he cares about you and wants to be your friend. But please, don't be fooled.We've seen him kick a dog a with a broken leg before and have heard him on the phone berating his grandmother for only giving him a $5 birthday gift.Be thankful he's not related to you.

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