CBF Podcast: Harry Cunnane and Congresswoman Madeline Dean, A Family’s Battle with Addiction and for Recovery

By Andy Hale

Everything froze at that moment. The air stood still. Every one of my senses was locked into the moment as I looked into my newborn daughter’s eyes for the first time.

When you have the humble privilege of becoming a parent, everything changes when you see them for the first time. You have spent months preparing for this moment, but it does not help as you are emotionally and spiritually overwhelmed by this infant that you love more than anything else in the world.

One thing is certain, for most parents, you would do anything for your child. A-N-Y-T-H-I-N-G.

But what about if your child is facing the impossible struggle of addiction? This is the challenge that Congresswoman Madeline Dean faced as her son’s (Harry Cunnane) addiction came to light.

“I had more support and love than I could have asked for as a kid. But as I grew up, a pattern took shape: With all the commotion, all the houseguests and laughter and lives that were busy beyond belief, it became easy to hide in plain sight,” said Harry Cunnane on the CBF Podcast.

We sat down with the Congresswoman’s son to discuss their new book, Under Our Roof: A Son’s Battle for Recovery, a Mother’s Battle for Her Son. Unfortunately, Madeline was unavailable due to the Senate Impeachment Trial.

Congresswoman Madeline Dean serves as the U.S. Representative for Pennsylvania’s 4th congressional district, while Harry serves as the Regional Resource Director of Caron Treatment Centers.

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Andy Hale is the creator and host of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Podcast. Hale is the senior pastor of University Baptist Church of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, following eight years as the founding pastor of Mosaic Church of Clayton and five years as CBF’s church start specialist. Follow on Twitter @haleandy

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