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A Nonviolent Approach to Addiction and Recovery: Part I: Compassion, Empathy and Knowledge


Talk It Out Radio – Sunday, July 26, 2020 7:00 pm, on KPFA Radio (94.1 FM Berkeley and beyond, or livestream at

A Nonviolent Approach to Addiction and Recovery (A Two-Part Series)

Part I: Compassion, Empathy and Knowledge

According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), 19.7 million American adults (aged 12 and older) battled a substance use disorder in 2017. Substance use addiction impacts an individual’s life and the lives of their family members. Host Nancy Kahn interviews expert guest, Kelvin Luster, Assistant Director of Baker Places, and hears his personal story and professional perspective on addiction and recovery. We address the impact of the Covid 19 pandemic on addiction and recovery and examine how compassion, empathy and knowledge support the stages of healing and recovery. We discuss when setting clear boundaries is critical to recovery. This is the first segment of a two-part series; the second part airs August 16, 2020.Kelvin photo


About Kelvin Luster

Kelvin Luster is a Bay Area native tried and true. Born in San Francisco on day one, day two, raised in the trifecta of the East Bay, namely Oakland, Berkeley and Richmond by a hard working single mother and his sister.  Kelvin grew up in the budding “heyday” of all three cities. In his teens, and referring to himself as a “back of the bus kid”,  that’s where all the action was, Kelvin was exposed to things he may have not needed to see so early on. That is where he learned first rate street action; It was all educational. But Kelvin was fortunate. He had interests. He liked to write. Landing a major label recording deal, doing voice over work on a Grammy winning album, and production work for various up and coming Bay Area artists, Kelvin was on FIRE!!! Then tragedy struck in his family and Kelvin turned to street drugs for relief. And just like  that, it all disappeared! Now with 13 years sobriety under his belt, Kelvin now gives back to others as it was given to him. It was not easy, but nothing worth having ever is.

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