Stephanie Rose Wittels is an American actress, activist, and author who has worked for ADV Films and Sentai Filmworks.
Cindy is a mother of three who was using drugs during each of her pregnancies. She knew it wasn’t healthy for the babies, but she didn’t know how to safely stop. Fearing the doctors would notify authorities, Cindy was afraid to ask for help. Then one day, she made a call to a hotline. This led her to a doctor who gave her the support she needed, and now Cindy is in recovery and wants to share her story. Nzinga goes over some of the options available to pregnant women and others who are using opioids and gives Cindy a call to check-in. If you want to send relevant excerpts to friends and family and/or follow along with a transcript, you can find one shortly after the air date at are some other things you should definitely check out:This week from MSNBC’s podcast Into America, we hear about the ways the government has failed to track coronavirus in nursing homes that house vulnerable populations. Investigative reporter Susie Kim has tracked the numbers herself, and she breaks them down for us.Support Last Day. Get bonus content, discounts on swag, and more for as little as $5 a month! Go to and become a member today. Here are some resources Nzinga mentioned in this week’s episode:Dona International is an international group of doula’s. On their website, you can search by zip code to see if there is a doula in your area. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Stephanie chats with addiction medicine expert, Dr. Nzinga Harrison, about opioids and addiction in this new pandemic world. How are these unprecedented circumstances affecting those with opioid use and substance use disorders? As a result of social distancing, how have treatment and recovery models shifted? What’s happening with long-standing regulations around medication-assisted treatment? How can we best support ourselves and our loved ones with addiction during this time? Finally, we learn more about Nzinga’s new show, In Recovery, and how you can submit your questions. Please note, Last Day contains mature themes, and may not be appropriate for all listeners. Listen and subscribe to In Recovery with Dr. Nzinga Harrison here: out Nzinga’s recommended resources: Last Day is supported in part by listeners like you. You can become a member, get exclusive bonus content, and discounted merch at Join us!Transcriptions available shortly after air date at Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Stephanie Wittels Wachs, despite her best efforts at being disgruntled, remains aggressively delightful. She and I discuss parenting in quarantine, 90 Day Fiance, and her incomprehensible (to herself) decision to get a puppy during a pandemic. We bitched, we laughed, we figured out Ozark (no spoilers) Stephanie is the author of "Everything is Horrible and Wonderful: A Tragicomic Memoir of Genius, Heroin, Love, and Loss" , an AMAZING book about the loss of her brother, Harris. She is also the host of Last Day, a truly remarkable deep-dive into the Opioid Crisis in America, produced by Lemonada Media, of which she is co-founder and Chief Creative Officer. For reference, you can her Stephanie's first appearance on the show,  herePlease like, share, and review!Support the show (
Stephanie Wittels Wachs is an absolute joy to connect with and she has a brilliant way (perhaps much like her late brother Harris Wittels, renowned comedian/writer/actor) of making the most uncomfortable topic oddly comfortable. Rachael and Stephanie both hope to humanize the epidemic of substance abuse disorder and inspire you to want to help make a well-deserved change. Her podcast "Last Day" started as a journey to discover "what happened, and what could we have done differently" in the tragic loss of her brother to a heroin overdose.  She's a brilliant comedic mind in her own right, one tough cookie, an author, and a guiding light of how one can find purpose and love in the most tragic of life circumstances. Staying in shape just got easier w Sports Research Sweet Sweat and Waist Trimmer And if you go to and use the code BEHERE at checkout RIGHT NOW, you’ll get 20% off your order!!Experience the HempLand USA Difference today by going and using offer code “BEHERE” atcheckout for 20% off. Check out FAM: For All Moms wherever you're listening right now! 
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Feb 20th, 1981
Houston, Texas, USA
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2 days, 7 hours