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The Rehab show is about overcoming drug addiction. The topics range from medical treatment to spiritual fellowships and psychotherapy. Other forms of therapy will be explored as well. The underlying theme is that everyone is different and we cannot apply a single method of treatment to all people and expect it to work. Listening carefully to what works and does not work for an individual, treating people with respect and understanding that behaviors caused by addiction are the result of a medical condition are important. Patients presenting for treatment of addiction should be addressed with caring, compassion and understanding.
45 Episodes
Dr. Adam Bisaga is a research psychiatrist and professor of clinical psychiatry at Columbia University. He is the author of Overcoming Opioid Addiction, the definitive book for patients, family, and healthcare professionals on the subject of effective treatment for opioid dependence.Dr. Bisaga is currently involved in research on groundbreaking new treatments for opioid use disorder, including a naltrexone implant that can last as long as six months. Additionally, the implant has a special advantage over previous addiction treatment implants that will make it a more attractive alternative to both patients and doctors.In addition to discussing his research on the naltrexone implant, Dr. Bisaga also discusses other research and upcoming treatments for opioid addiction, as well as other types of addictions. People who are struggling with addiction, and their loved ones, will be happy to hear that doctors and scientists are hard at work, studying many new promising compounds and technologies that will significantly advance the field of opioid addiction treatment.
Tamra Hall PhD, MA, LPC, LMHC, CAADC, CCS, ACS, is the AVP of Clinical Excellence & Quality at American Addiction Centers. AAC is one of the largest healthcare organizations in the US with a focus on the treatment of addiction. In this episode, we discuss what the comprehensive medical treatment of addiction looks like at a major healthcare institution.Dr. Hall discusses the importance of meeting patients where they are at in order to provide the best treatment experience. All aspects of care are important, from nutrition, to mental healthcare, and appropriate addiction treatment. Medication-assisted treatment can be an important component of care and continuity of care is critical.Telemedicine services are an important part of the future of healthcare, and especially addiction treatment. Dr. Hall discusses how AAC is at the forefront of providing telehealth programs to their patients.Learn more about AAC here: visit our podcast website here: Dr. Leeds’ website here: you!
Bruce Rose has worked for many years in the rehab industry, managing drug and alcohol treatment centers. A few years ago, Bruce was researching the topic of medication-assisted alcohol treatment and came across information on The Sinclair Method, or TSM. TSM is simply medication-assisted treatment for alcohol use disorder using the medication, naltrexone.Bruce decided to dedicate his work to supporting clients interested in using this method of addiction treatment that relies on pharmacological extinction. In these past few years, he has seen incredible success with his clients, watching them recover quickly and without the usual issues of severe alcohol withdrawal and alcohol deprivation syndrome.In this interview with Bruce Rose, we discuss his approach to helping clients with their prescribed alcohol treatment program. We also talk about the future of medical treatment for alcohol and the possible integration of TSM with traditional residential rehab programs.You can reach Bruce Rose here: visit our podcast website here: Dr. Leeds’ website here: you!
Lloyd Sederer, M.D., is currently an adjunct professor at the Columbia University School of Public Health. He has won many top awards in the field of psychiatry, and he has served as a leader in the field of public health in New York for the past two decades. In the 90s, Dr. Sederer was the chief psychiatrist at McLean hospital, the psychiatric teaching hospital for Harvard Medical School. He has published thirteen books, and he has published hundreds of articles in top medical journals and newspapers.What is the future of the treatment of addiction? According to Dr. Lloyd Sederer, the path to saving more lives from addiction going forward will involve providing better access to the tools that we already have. We already have harm reduction strategies, including the opioid overdose rescue drug, naloxone. And, we have effective medication-assisted treatments for opioid use disorder and alcohol use disorder.Our understanding of the functioning of the brain is more advanced than ever before in history. A wide variety of therapies can be applied to target various regions of the brain that are affected by addiction. In addition to existing medications and therapies, there are also new medical treatments on the horizon, including the drug, psilocybin. With psilocybin, an existing, ancient form of medical therapy is being brought up to date with current medical science. Safe, synthetic forms of the drug have been studied in major research centers with promising results.Just as important as therapies such as cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, and contingency management, and medications, such as methadone, buprenorphine, and naltrexone, are the forming of relationships to promote abstinence and recovery.Dr. Sederer believes that, to be successful in helping people to recover from active addiction, we must meet them where they are and understand why they are using drugs or alcohol. Drugs serve a purpose for people who use them and it is important to start from there and work towards helping them find healthy replacements for drugs when they are ready.In our talk, Dr. Sederer and I discuss two of his recent books. We talk about “Ink-Stained for Life” and “The Addiction Solution.” Both books are fascinating and I highly recommend them to my audience.“Ink-Stained for Life” is a collection of fourteen stories and essays relating Dr. Sederer’s early life as a child in The Bronx to his adult life and the present, in 2020. The book demonstrates the improbable nature of the path from living as a child, on the streets of New York City, to being a leader in public health in the State of New York. The book shares Dr. Sederer’s philosophies on life with discussions about topics such as intelligence and genius, wealth and struggling in the middle class, Judaism and being Jewish without living as an observant Jew, living in New York City, being the leader of a world-class psychiatric hospital, working in the world of public health in New York City and New York State, addiction treatment and much more.Please visit Dr. Sederer here: visit our podcast website here: Dr. Leeds’ website here: you!
Dr. Teralyn Sell is a brain health expert and psychotherapist who helps clients to develop nutritional plans based on a customized neurochemistry blue print. While many addiction treatment programs focus on treatment with either medication or spiritual-based programs, Dr. Teralyn is focused on the science of brain chemistry and addressing the issue of filling the empty buckets of precursors that help the brain to heal itself and rebalance necessary neurotransmitters. Rather than interfering with the architecture of brain chemistry, her approach involves helping the brain to help itself restore itself back to health. Poor nutrition is a contributing factor in many mental health issues. Dr. Teralyn Sell is on the forefront of brain chemistry science. She has also designed a series of nutritional supplements that are specifically tuned to the unique needs of people who are in the process of overcoming addiction to alcohol or drugs. Please visit her website here:
As a psychotherapist for over 20 years, Jodi shows people how to create prac- tical miracles even in the most difficult times. As an inspirational speaker, she teaches Generation Z, their parents, and helpers how to find their Diamond Confidence so they feel worthy, empowered and in control. In her online videos, she gives audiences all over the world usable tools to get clarity, push past fear, and develop their intuition. Because Jodi clawed her way out of her own emotional turmoil, she totally gets it. As a mom of teens, she double-dog gets it. Through her TEDxWilmington talk, “Calm Anxious Kids,” and her bestselling book, You 1, Anxiety 0, Jodi is changing the way we understand the current mental health crisis. She generates her own daily happiness through mindfulness, family time, and walking in the woods with her fur-baby, Winston. Find Jodi Aman at visit my podcast website at and my professional website at Thank you!
I recommend listening to this podcast interview with Kate Bagoy with a pen and paper handy. You are going to want to take notes. This twenty-minute episode is packed full of valuable, actionable material. Noted author, speaker, and educator, Kate Bagoy discusses recovery from alcohol use disorder and how women can break through business barriers to have success and freedom, building a personal brand and a freelancer business.Kate was, by all standards, successful in life. She had a corporate job working in her chosen field, design, and marketing. Yet, she was miserable, stuck in a career that she hated. Her alcohol use got out of control. In 2012, she started a new life of sobriety and recovery. She also decided to start her own company and take control of her life by building a brand for design work and consulting. By putting to work certain principles, she was able to build up her six-figure freelancer business quickly. Kate Bagoy, also a talented educator, then started a successful coaching business, helping others to find success as she did. Today, Kate teaches an online course called "The Six-Figure Freelancers Accelerator." She is the author of the book "Secrets of a Six-Figure Freelancer: How to Stop Thinking Like An Employee & Build A Freelance Business Like a Boss." In addition to the well-known course and book, she still accepts a small number of private clients for coaching.Learn more at visit my podcast website at and my professional website at Thank you!
In "Saving Sara: A Memoir of Food Addiction," Sara Somers gives an account of a journey that took decades in which she finally found freedom from active addiction to certain foods.The solution that worked for her was the program of Greysheeters Anonymous. This 12-step program, based on Alcoholics Anonymous, is a spiritual program that helps people to recover from food addiction.Sara now lives a peaceful and fulfilling life in Paris, France. She is excited to share her story with the world and hopes that her book will reach others who are searching for the solution to their obsessive cravings and powerlessness over food.Please visit my podcast website at and my professional website at Thank you!
Cali Estes, Ph.D. is an author and highly sought after Addiction Therapist and Life/Corporate Coach who specializes in harm reduction and utilizes holistic approaches to treat addiction, as well as mental conditions holding her clients back from reaching their full potential. She works with individuals, drug, and alcohol treatment teams and addiction professionals looking to advance their knowledge base. Dr. Estes has over 20 years of experience working with drug, alcohol and food addictions. Her deep understanding of drug and alcohol addiction, including the behaviors and ramifications that are associated with it, places her at the top in the field of addiction therapy. Dr. Estes is an interactive, solution-focused Positive Psychologist and Cognitive Behavioral Therapist. Her unique no-nonsense approach of cognitive-behavioral therapy, positive psychology, and life coaching combine to provide the perfect support for an addict. Dr. Estes’ background in food addictions and the emotional and physical tolls it takes on one’s psyche and physical well-being is highly unique. Dr. Cali Estes is a #1 Best Selling Author on Amazon has been featured on CNN, NBC, CNBC, CBS, FOX News, LA Times, Yahoo! News, Philadelphia Inquirer, Reader’s Digest, Entrepreneur Magazine, MSN Money, Max Sports and Fitness, San Jose Mercury, The Fix, Dr. Drew, People Magazine, Washington Post, Yoga Digest, Reader’s Digest, and more. She was also featured in a riveting documentary about addiction, Gone Too Soon: The Story of Emily Cooley. Dr. Estes is a Certified Masters Level Addiction Professional. She holds a Ph.D. from DSU in Psychology and Life Coaching, a Master’s Degree from WCU, and an undergraduate from PSU, International Certification as a Drug and Alcohol Therapist, Master Certified Addictions Professional, as well as 24 certifications and over 20 years of experience as a Personal Trainer, Yoga Teacher, Pilates Teacher, Food Addictions Specialist, and Life Coach. Her unique approach to get to the root cause of the problem with each client and relate on a humanistic level makes her desirable in this industry. Dr. Estes is more than a ‘sober coach’. She has a background in clinical and personality psychology, addictions and forensics and has been featured on NBC, CBS, CNN’s Don Lemon, MSN, Dr. Drew Podcast, Washington Post, Fox News, The Los Angeles Times and many more.Please visit my podcast website at and my professional website at Thank you!
David Vigerust, MS, Ph.D is an entrepreneur, inventor, healthcare innovator, and infectious disease expert. He is also an expert in the field of virology. Now, as we find ourselves in the midst of the COVID19 pandemic, Dr. Vigerust has quickly pivoted to building testing facilities for the novel coronavirus as fast as possible. While there are many important components to battling this serious threat, widespread testing for the virus is one of the most important things that we can do. This is because testing allows us to know where to focus our efforts. In this interview, we discuss COVID-19 testing as well as interesting facts about the virus and how to stay safe.Please visit my podcast website at and my professional website at Thank you!
Frank King knew he wanted to be a stand-up comedian since he was four years old. After being sidetracked by years of doing what other people wanted him to do with his life, he finally decided to live the life he knew that he was meant to live. Frank focuses much of his comedy material on mental health issues, particularly suicide. In addition to entertaining his audience, his goal is to reach out to people who may be quietly suffering and thought that they were alone. He has also performed a series of TED talks.In addition to speaking and performing, Frank is involved in multiple other activities to inform and educate the public. He provides a continuing education service to healthcare providers that allows them to meet state requirements for suicide prevention training. He also maintains a support group for dentists. Frank hosts several podcasts, including a show right here on the Mental Health News Radio Network.For men who are looking for support and answers on how they might deal with personal issues, please get Frank King's new book on the subject of men helping men: Guts, Grit & The Grind: A Mental Mechanics Manual. visit my podcast website at and my professional website at Thank you!
In this episode, Stephen and I discuss many topics, from safe consumption sites to medical heroin to Dilaudid dispensing machines on the streets. Yet, the underlying theme of this podcast episode is the value of having empathy and forming relationships with people who struggle with addiction. People who inject heroin are real people who deserve a chance to recover, no matter how long it takes for them to be ready finally. British Columbia, Canada, takes harm reduction to a new level with supervised consumption sites and many other programs to help people who use drugs on the streets to stay safe and help them along the path towards recovery. These programs serve as a positive example for what other countries, such as the United States, that do not allow these advanced forms of harm reduction, could do to save many more lives from the deadly effects of opioids and other street drugs.Stephen Finlay is the manager of addiction services in the Surrey region for Lookout Housing and Health Society. Lookout is a non-profit organization that provides homeless shelters, supportive housing, subsidized housing, outreach, harm reduction, and related services throughout southern British Columbia, including Vancouver. Surrey is one of the largest cities in the Greater Vancouver area and has experienced problems arising from homelessness and drug use for many decades. As an addiction services manager, Stephen oversees an Intensive Case Management team, a supervised drug smoking site, and SafePoint, which is the second federally sanctioned supervised injection site in Canada. SafePoint opened in June 2017. Since it opened, there have been over 190,000 visits to SafePoint. The staff has reversed almost 1,500 overdoses, with no fatalities. Before joining Lookout, Stephen served as executive director of ARA Mental Health Advocacy, a small non-profit that provided advocacy services to people living with mental illness and poverty. He also has 29 years of experience in marketing, product development, and regulatory affairs at TELUS, Canada's second-largest telecommunications carrier, and four years of experience in marketing research at Procter and Gamble. Stephen served as a civilian volunteer for Law Enforcement Against Prohibition from 2006 to 2015. In his spare time, he enjoys international folk dancing.Please visit my podcast website at and my professional website at Thank you!
Annisa Hudak is a Reiki Master and expert Yoga Therapist who has dedicated her career to helping people who have experienced significant trauma during their lifetime. While traditional psychotherapy and psychiatry are essential to treating conditions such as PTSD, connecting through community and getting additional help to work through physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual issues can make a big difference. Annisa Hudak has created such a community and also provides one-on-one coaching as well as Yoga classes and Reiki therapy. You can learn more about what she does and about her personal story here: She has helped people who suffered trauma in the military as well as rape survivors. In the world of addiction recovery, it can sometimes be difficult for people to find a community where they are comfortable connecting with others. Building a network of support can be particularly challenging for women. Life in active addiction is often a source of trauma. Having support resources available 24 hours a day, seven days a week can make all the difference when it comes to overcoming trauma and dealing with emotionally painful triggers.Please visit my podcast website at and my professional website at Thank you!
An important concept in healthcare is integrative care. Integrative care means that healthcare providers and other related professionals learn to work together to get better outcomes.In the field of addiction treatment, the lack of integration is an issue. Different approaches are conflicting. We are going in different directions and not working together. 12-step fellowships, rehabs, and doctors are often not on the same page.However, we can begin having a dialog to learn how to work better together to solve the overwhelming problem of this current drug and alcohol crisis.Harold Derbitsky is a spiritual leader and author who has spent many years working with indigenous people to help them to overcome addiction. He is a practitioner of the 3-principles and studied under the founder, Sydney Banks.Mark Astor is a Florida attorney who is the first in the country to focus solely on helping people to get help with addiction, alcoholism, and mental health disorders. He specializes in areas of the law that include the Marchman Act and the Baker Act. While his focus is on helping people who live in Florida, he can work with their families and loved ones, even if they do not live in Florida.Please visit my podcast website at and my professional website at Thank you!
What is Voi’s mission is to deliver the most comprehensive, innovative solutions to help hospitals and health systems, government agencies, educational institutions, families, and communities detect, intervene, support, and care for people at risk for suicide and living with behavioral health issues.Dr. Bill Hudenko is the CEO of Voi. Bill was born in Ridgewood, NJ, but grew up in Albuquerque, NM. Although initially interested in medicine (both his grandparents were physicians) he discovered a passion for psychology while at the University of Michigan. He then went on to earn his M.A. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology at Vanderbilt and then his PostDoc at Dartmouth. Bill was a professor by 27 and has held positions at Cornell University, Ithaca College, and most recently Dartmouth College. Bill has a strong interest in the vocal expression of emotion and is one of the world’s experts on the production of laughter in children. His work has been featured both in scientific journals and in media outlets such as the Discovery Channel, NBC, MSNBC, LiveScience, and NPR. He started Incente in 2012 to change the delivery of mental health care in the US and beyond.Please visit my podcast website at and my professional website at Thank you!
Claudia Christian is the most recognized advocate for The Sinclair Method (TSM) in the world.In 2013, Christian started her non-profit C Three Foundation to help raise awareness of the treatment, which saved her life in 2009. In 2014, Christian’s award-winning documentary One Little Pill was released. The documentary explains the science behind TSM and follows the lives of some of the people Christian helped use the treatment.Christian has spoken at UCLA, USC and at medical conventions around the world. In addition, she has appeared on Larry King Now and Megyn Kelly educating people about TSM.Her TEDx talk has had over 2.2 million views. She is a dedicated advocate for medication-assisted treatment (MAT) and is on the advisory board for Ria Health, a telemedicine company that offers comprehensive, personalized treatment for patients with AUD.Claudia has been an actress in TV, film, and games for over 35 years and is a published author of both fiction and non-fiction.To learn more, visit visit my podcast website at and my professional website at Thank you!
The Sober Truth is a book that talks about the evidence for success in 12-step programs in alcohol use disorder recovery. Unfortunately, the results are not great. It is important for people who suffer from alcoholism to be aware of the fact that there is medical treatment for alcohol addiction and it is consistent with the Alcoholics Anonymous program.Please visit my podcast website at and my professional website at Thank you!
After decades as a physician and teacher at Harvard Medical School and elsewhere, renowned academic neurosurgeon Dr. Eben Alexander thought he knew how the brain, mind, and consciousness worked. A transcendental Near-Death Experience (NDE) during a week-long coma from an inexplicable brain infection changed all of that – completely. Memories of his life had been completely deleted, yet he awoke with memories of a fantastic odyssey deep into another realm – more real than this earthly one! Since his 2008 NDE he has been reconciling his rich spiritual experience with contemporary physics and cosmology. We are conscious in spite of our brain. By probing deeply into our own consciousness, we transcend the limits of the human brain, and of the physical-material realm. His story offers a crucial key to the understanding of reality and human consciousness. A pioneering scientist and thought leader in consciousness studies, Dr. Alexander has been a guest on Dr. Oz, Oprah, and many other media programs. His most recent book, Living in a Mindful Universe: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Heart of Consciousness, (co-authored with Karen Newell) has garnered accolades from many scientists around the world who study the mind body question and the nature of consciousness. His earlier books, Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Journey into the Afterlife and The Map of Heaven: How Science, Religion, and Ordinary People Are Proving the Afterlife, have collectively spent more than two years atop the New York Times and international bestseller lists. www.ebenalexander.comPlease visit my podcast website at and my professional website at Thank you!
Mark Astor is an attorney who specializes in providing legal help to people who struggle with addiction. He often provides help through family members such as a parent or spouse. His specialty includes The Marchman Act, a Florida law that makes it possible to compel an addicted individual to go to treatment for up to six months. He also deals with the Baker Act and other legal tools that can make it possible to help an addicted family member for up to a full year, providing the necessary support to maximize the chance of long-term recovery. I had the privilege of being a guest on Mark Astor's video podcast. With his permission, I am publishing the audio from our conversation here. I think that it is important for patients and their families to be aware of their options in seeking treatment for addiction. We also spoke at length about MAT (medication-assisted treatment) of opioid addiction. We addressed the use of medications, such as methadone, buprenorphine (Suboxone), and naltrexone. To learn more about the law practice of Mark Astor and how to contact him, please visit his website here: visit my podcast website at and my professional website at Thank you!
In this rebroadcast of an interview between Kristin Walker and Mark Leeds, the topic of addiction to technology and online services, such as social media, is discussed at length. As large corporations put their nearly unlimited resources into finding new ways to get us hooked, we are at risk for an epidemic of massive proportions.Already, we are faced with distracted driving, which can be more dangerous in some cases than intoxicated driving. Imagine being hit on the road by a driver who couldn't wait to type LMFAO and then go back to check if it got any likes. Anyone who drives has seen those drivers with their heads down and eyes on a device, not on the road. Tech addiction and obsession has always been an issue, but the product is now being refined to the point that it has become an entirely different kind of problem.Crack cocaine was a serious issue in the 90s. Many people who tried it could not stop. Lives were destroyed by the act of going back for just one more $5 hit that would last for just a few minutes. How many lives will be destroyed in the coming decade by people who can not help going back to check email, texts and social media just one more time?Thank you to Kristin Walker for allowing me to rebroadcast this important discussion.Please visit my podcast website at and my professional website at Thank you!
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