Episode 50: The Broken Fix ft. Andrea Nagel (Anniversary Episode)

Episode 50: The Broken Fix featuring Andrea Nagel, And Then Everything Changed’s Anniversary Episode

Andrea Nagel was a kid when her mother first began giving her drugs but Andrea didn’t realize she was addicted to them until years later. When at the age of sixteen she moved in with her older boyfriend to escape her dangerous and abusive home her drug use soon spiraled out of control. 


After being in active addiction from the age of 9 to 24 and nearly overdosing Andrea decided she had to change her life. She sought treatment and now works to end the stigma and correct the false information around addiction. She has learned firsthand that addiction thrives in shame and that no one is immune. After years of trying to run away from her feelings and push away the parts of her she felt were unlovable, she decided to embrace even the broken parts because they too were beautiful. Now married and a new mother, she has written the memoir The Broken Fix about surviving addiction, the work she must do to stay healthy, and how she learned to love and accept herself.

Andrea Nagel is a recovering addict who spent her life mired down in addiction from nine to twenty-four years of age, before finding the miracle of recovery nearly nine years ago. Her addiction was precipitated by her parents feeding her drugs and after having addiction ravage her life and also claim both her parents as casualties, she has made it her mission in life to end the stigma that perpetuates the cycle of addiction. She is the author of The Broken Fix, a memoir about spending her whole life trying to fix that which is broken, fix herself, only to realize in the end that sometimes broken doesn’t need to be fixed at all. Some things are more beautiful broken, and should be appreciated as such. She now lives in Kansas with her husband and beautiful little boy, and also makes it her mission to give her son the childhood she never had.



I’m a writer, a teacher, a native New Yorker, and I love hearing about people’s lives. When I think back to my elementary school days at PS 20 in Flushing, Queens whenever we began social studies or a history lesson I wasn’t that interested in learning about battles, topography, or politics. What I wanted to know was how people lived: What their families were like, how they adapted to their circumstances, what they ate, how they celebrated, how they felt.
Sociology became my major at Binghamton University and in my life so far I’ve been an actress, a salesperson, a Zoo Keeper’s Aid, a volunteer animal trainer, an ELL teacher, a mother, and a wife. I’m grateful for the experiences I’ve had, all of which led me to create this podcast which is one of the most rewarding projects I’ve undertaken. I couldn’t ask for a better job than having in-depth conversations with survivors, thought leaders, authors, social justice warriors, and people who believe that we are all connected and then getting to share their stories, insight, and vulnerability with listeners.
I’m so glad you’ve landed on this page. I hope you find stories here which resonate with you and that you’ll tune in every week. 
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