Collateral Damage

Collateral Damage

Co-hosts, Maureen Cavanagh and Michael Wilson, discuss the Collateral Damage created by addiction, which is currently impacting countless individuals, families, and communities nationwide. Maureen is the bestselling author of “If you love me - A Mother's Journey Through Her Daughter's Opioid Addiction”. She is also the founder of Magnolia New Beginnings, a support system for families. Michael is the author of “Loving Lions - A guide for families struggling with addiction”. He is also the co-owner and director of family services at Baystate Recovery Services, LLC. ... Show More

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Mike and Maureen meet with Travis Lupick, Author of Fighting for Space, and Staff Writer for Georgia Straight, Vancouver's News & Entertainment Weekly.As more and more conversations are being held in the United States regarding the opening of safe injection sites, Travis speaks on Vancouver's Insite Supervised Injection Site and the model that they have been using successfully since 2003. It is still an unknown as to how it could b... Read more

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Mike and Maureen meet with John Checchi, Co-owner and Director of Operations for Baystate Recovery Services. Together they discuss recovery, sober living, and the need for extended care.There is a growing need for greater support beyond the initial stay in detox or residential treatment, and that need is most often met with various forms of sober living. But what makes a quality sober living? How do you know what path is best? Get ... Read more

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Mike and Maureen meet with Richard Zombeck, Addictions Recovery Coach (CARC)/Peer Support Supervisor at NSPG Partners HealthCare, and Host of the Buds with S.U.D.s Podcast. Together they dig into some of the goals associated with recovery coaching, discuss the importance of focusing on the treatment needed, not just the language, and tell some great stories of recovery and hope.www.recoverybinder.orgwww.budswithsuds.com

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Mike and Maureen meet with special guest Craig Macarelli to discuss his interaction with students, parents, and the ever-growing teen vaping problems that schools and families are faced with today. The discussion brings in a variety of related concerns such as; cell phone access, social media, "Finstagram", and the diminishing resiliency of a generation.

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Mike and Maureen discuss various forms of Intervention, and why it is so hard for some families to take the first steps of asking for help. It is never to soon to learn, and it is never too late to get help.

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In part two of this podcast, Mike and Maureen finish their conversation with Matt Ganem to further discuss the language used in addiction treatment, and the amazing power of the spoken word. We get to hear some poetry from Matt (and Mike), and we talk about how the outlet of poetry, and the connection that it provided became a saving grace for Matt in his early days of recovery.

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In part one of this podcast Mike and Maureen sit down with Matt Ganem to discuss the language used in addiction treatment, the power of the spoken word, and the ever-hopeful efforts of parents and family members to help their struggling loved ones.

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Mike and Maureen discuss the changes in the language being used within the addiction recovery industry, and how that actually translates to the families, the struggling individuals, and even, the professionals who are providing services.

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Mike and Maureen discuss the impact of the family support groups Learn to Cope, and just how critical they have been for families and their struggling loved ones. Learn to Cope has become an amazing resource with an ever-growing reach into communities nationwide.

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Mike and Maureen meet with Amy Dresner, author of My Fair Junkie, to discuss her tell-all book which details her explicit journey through active addiction, and ultimately into recovery. There are many great topics discussed in this episode, including a healthy debate regarding the stigma attached to the words addict and junkie!

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Mike and Maureen meet with Peter Kelleher and discuss the loss of his son Travis Kelleher to addiction in 2016, and the birth of The Soupman shortly thereafter. Peter brings much needed support to homeless populations, and offers a compelling story about turning his pain from the loss of his son, into a passion for helping others in his name.

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In this special episode Mike and Maureen discuss relapse, and debate what it really means for both the struggling individual, as well as their family system. Mike and Maureen also dig into and identify some self help options and provide helpful advice for families and loved ones caught in the battle of trying to save a loved one from addiction.

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Mike and Maureen meet with Jack Kelly, author of Sharp Needle, to discuss life skills beyond treatment, the stigma surrounding mental health in recovery, and the challenges facing individuals in their journey back from addiction.

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Mike and Maureen meet with special guest Justin Cambria to discuss recovering out loud and what that means to all of us, creating supportive sober communities conducive to long-term recovery, as well as, why alcohol is such a strong social expectation, and how that affects the newly recovering individual trying to enjoy sobriety.

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Mike and Maureen discuss Andrew's book, "Sheer Madness", recounting his journey through his battle with addiction and how he made it back into the professional world. In addition, we highlight some great topics like; prison reform, drug courts, community supports, etc... 

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Mike and Maureen discuss the Opioid Spoon Project with Domenic Esposito, and the far-reaching impact of shock campaigns like his that are helping to ignite, and fuel, tough conversations nationwide.

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Mike and Maureen discuss NAS (Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome), and the impact of SUD on a generation of newborn children, with special guest Theresa Harmon, the president of To The Moon and Back.

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Mike and Maureen discuss the impact of social media posts and non-consensual videos, on the victims, their lives, and their recovery.

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Mike and Maureen continue their discussion about the economic impact of substance use in America with special guest, Andrew Burki.

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Mike and Maureen discuss the economic impact that substance use has on our lives, in our communities, and in our country as a whole, with a special guest Andrew Burki.

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