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20/20 Focuses on Kristen Johnston's Guts

The actress and recovery advocate brings heart and humor to addiction awareness on tonight's show.


Johnston celebrating her Guts with The Fix R. Whitney

By Benjamin Fairway


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Addiction will be highlighted on tonight's episode of 20-20, which focuses on Emmy award-winning actress, recovery advocate and Fix contributor Kristen Johnston. "Initially, they approached me to do a brief segment at the end of the show, which was at that time called 'Wasted,'" Johnston tells The Fix. "However, after the producer and Elizabeth Vargas read [her addiction memoir] Guts, they decided it should be a much more prominent part of the show. Because of this, I asked them to kindly consider changing the title because 'Wasted' isn't really appropriate. So they changed it to 'Intoxication Nation,' which I thought much better. It's really a show about the state of addiction and recovery in America today." Johnston, whose interview is being described as "revealing and often hilarious," confesses during the special, "I thought [drinking] was cool… you know, I could outdrink the basketball team." The show will also feature our columnist Nic Sheff—producers reached out to him after reading his piece on working at a high-end rehab in The Fix. "The producers really tried to get all angles of the issue," says Johnston. Tune into 20/20: Intoxication Nation tonight at 7 pm PST/10 pm EST.

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