RECOVERY…THE HERO’S JOURNEY

RECOVERY…THE HERO’S JOURNEY

RECOVERY: THE HERO’S JOURNEY provides best practice information and support to people struggling with Substance Use Disorders/Process Addictions and Prescription Drug Dependence. We confront the stigma surrounding Opioid Use Disorder and Benzodiazepine Dependence, understanding that both are the direct result of an overprescribing epidemic. We discuss Buprenorphine, a first line, long term treatment for Opioid Use Disorder. We validate people struggling with Benzodiazepine Dependence (ie-Xanax/Klonopin), and offer resources and a recovery plan.brbr Experts explore Eating Disorders, Sex Addiction, PTSD, and the effects of today’s Cannabis on teens and young adults, offering guidance and resources to individuals struggling with these issues and their families. This podcast gracefully combines interviews with experts in the field and patient stories of recovery and redemption. The show is about connection, reclaiming personal integrity and hope.

Episodes

November 9, 2021 60 mins
The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous says that the alcoholic is like a tornado roaring his way through the lives of others. Hearts are broken. Sweet relationships are dead. Affections have been uprooted. Selfish and inconsiderate habits have kept the home in turmoil. We do a better job of treating people with addictions than the family members. The person with the addiction often receives residential or outpatient treatment, ...
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Addiction Psychiatrist Dr. Robert Malcolm joins us today to discuss the growing problem of cocaine and methamphetamine addiction. Dr. Malcolm is a well respected clinician and prolific researcher at the Medical University of South Carolina, and has devoted 35 years to conducting clinical medication trials in the hope of helping people struggling with Substance Use Disorders. Dr. Malcolm discusses the current trends in stimulant a...
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October 26, 2021 60 mins
Charlotte Jackson, MA, is a therapist and supervisor in the Multi-Disciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) Phase III clinical trials researching MDMA assisted therapy for individuals with severe PTSD. Charlotte describes how PTSD impacts the brain and emotional life of afflicted individuals. Charlotte offers a brief overview of the early psychedelic research and how MAPS has built on this. She speaks to the known ...
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October 19, 2021 60 mins
Join Dr. Hilarie Cash, one of the nation's leading experts in the field of Internet Gaming Disorder. Dr. Cash is co-founder and Chief Clinical Officer of reSTART Life, the first residential treatment program for adolescents and adults suffering from addiction to the internet and video games. Dr. Cash describes the risk factors, consequences and mental health problems commonly associated with addiction to the internet and video g...
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Matt is a 40 year old attorney and partner in a well respected law firm. He developed addictions to alcohol, cocaine and opioids. His life at work and home became unmanageable and out of control. After multiple outpatient treatments failed, Matt entered an out of state residential treatment program that offered a specialized track for impaired professionals. Matt discusses the Hazelden/American Bar Association research that s...
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Eilene Zimmerman is an experienced journalist and regular contributor to The New York Times. She is author of the powerful and heart-breaking memoir, Smacked...A Story of White Collar Ambition, Addiction, and Tragedy. Eilene begins today's podcast with a shocking reading, in which she describes discovering her ex-husband's body in his home. She did not notice the track marks in his arms, nor the drug paraphernalia that surrounde...
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Dr. Aaron Black is a Fellow and Board Member of the American Group Psychotherapy Association and an instructor on faculty at the Center for Group Studies in NYC. Dr. Black bases his group work on Attachment Theory. He describes how insecure attachment patterns that develop in childhood typically manifest as dysfunction in our adult relationships. He believes that, using the group as a secure base, people can change their attach...
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Research shows that among people seeking treatment for Substance Use Disorders, lifetime PTSD rates range from 30 to over 60%. This is a complicated group that tends to have worse outcomes when compared to either disorder alone. Dr. Lisa Najavits, world renowned expert in PTSD and Trauma Treatment discusses her award-winning, innovative treatment manual Seeking Safety, which treats PTSD and Substance Use Disorders concurrently. ...
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September 14, 2021 60 mins
Geraldine Burns is an absolute giant and tireless advocate in the promotion of benzodiazepine awareness and the fight against benzodiazepine harm. During this podcast interview, Geraldine shares her agonizing personal story... why she was originally prescribed benzodiazepines, what happened, how she came to realize that benzodiazepines were worsening her condition/causing symptoms of their own and her attempts to seek professional...
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Thomas Moore is the author of the groundbreaking bestseller, Care of the Soul: A Guide to Cultivating Depth and Sacredness in Everyday Life and 25 other books on deepening spirituality and how to cultivate soul in the ordinary aspects of one's life. He spent 13 years as a Catholic monk, then went on to earn a PhD in religious studies and became a university professor. Thomas Moore has been practicing depth psychotherapy for ov...
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This podcast features Dr. Kathleen Brady and Dr. Sudie Back, two world-renowned, prolific researchers and clinicians who have devoted their careers to studying the complicated interrelationship between PTSD and Substance Use Disorders. People with PTSD are 2 to 5 times more likely to have a Substance Use Disorder and, among people seeking treatment for SUD, 20-60% have PTSD. For years, treatment centers have acted on the myth tha...
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This unique episode combines a young man's personal story of recovery from a lifetime of negative thinking and subsequent Alcohol Use Disorder with a Clinical Psychologist whose clinical expertise lies in treatment of anxiety disorders. Merrick suffered from perfectionism and obsessive negative, self-attacking thought spirals his whole life. He was a slave to unrelenting negative thoughts. He began to drink in an attempt to quie...
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Worldwide, Alcohol Use Disorder kills 3.3 million people every year. It is the leading cause of death in working men around the world. Alcohol problems are responsible for 10 times the number of fatalities from all illicit drugs combined. Dr. John F. Kelly is a Professor of Psychiatry in Addiction Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Founder and Director of the Recovery Research Institute at the Massachusetts General Hospita...
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Keith Greer is a passionate, sought-after Keynote Speaker and Recovery Coach. In addition to working with individuals and families affected by addiction, Keith trains Recovery Coaches at Recovery Coach University. He is also the host of The Helping Conversation Podcast. He believes that a person struggling with Substance Use Disorder is his own best resource, that each person is the expert on their own life and is ultimately capa...
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Robert Kanter, International Recovery Advocate and Legislative Activist, is hopeful over the recent groundbreaking 26 billion dollar settlement reached by 3 of the largest opioid drug distributors in America and manufacturer Johnson and Johnson. Most of the money will go toward addiction treatment in communities hardest hit by the opioid epidemic. He is honest and authentic as he recounts his own personal recovery from substa...
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Interview with Shane Kenny, Irish broadcaster, journalist and creator of the 2016 acclaimed documentary, “BENZODIAZEPINES: THE MEDICAL DISASTER,” which skillfully exposes the harmful effects of long-term benzodiazepine prescriptions. Mr. Kenny describes his own agonizing 13 year struggle to recover from benzodiazepine-induced injury to his Central Nervous System, including a failed taper in 2009 and a successful taper in 2010. ...
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July 20, 2021 60 mins
Join Alexandra Wilcosz, eating disorder expert and Clinical Director at Monte Nido and Affiliates (a residential treatment center for eating disorders), for a discussion on effective treatment of Binge Eating Disorder. Binge Eating Disorder is the most common eating disorder worldwide. It affects 3 times the number of those diagnosed with Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa combined. It is often accompanied by social isolatio...
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Expert, Dr. Mary Tantillo, author of ground breaking Multifamily Therapy Group for Young Adults with Anorexia Nervosa...Reconnecting for Recovery (2021), describes eating disorders as diseases of disconnection. Dr. Tantillo explains that the eating disorder wants to disconnect people from themselves (one's genuine thoughts, feelings, needs and bodily states) and from one other. She has decades of experience leading Multi-Family ...
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July 6, 2021 60 mins
Meet the director and main subject of the award winning 2020 documentary, Medicating Normal, a brave and honest film which focuses on the harmful effects of psychiatric medications. It follows the journeys of a newly married couple, a combat veteran, a waitress and a teenager whose doctors prescribed psychiatric drugs for stress, mild depression, insomnia and trauma. These people went on to suffer serious physical and mental sid...
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June 29, 2021 60 mins
Dr. Alexandra Katehakis, world renowned Sex Addiction Therapist and Director of the Center for Healthy Sex in Los Angeles shares a wealth of information today. What is Sex Addiction? Is it real, or just an excuse for bad behavior? She believes that compulsive sexual behavior is a way of masking very deep pain and extreme emotion dysregulation that typically originates in childhood. Dr. Katehakis explains that most sex addicts...
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