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Mission: Recovery

Author: Maroof Ahmed, M.D.

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This is the Mission: Recovery Podcast hosted by Maroof Ahmed MD (Co-founder of Pelago). We are taking a break for 2023 as we re-focus and brainstorm new episode ideas for 2024.

Recovery should be celebrated. Our mission is to break down the stigma surrounding addiction to empower others to live addiction-free lives.
11 Episodes
Substance use disorders cost billions each year in terms of mental and physical health problems, and they are now the third largest cause of death in the U.S. Overdoses from opioids and synthetic opioids such as fentanyl as well as methamphetamines and cocaine are now the #1 cause of accidental death in the nation. In 2021, fatal overdoses surpassed 107,000 in the U.S.—the highest number of overdose deaths ever recorded in a single year—and more than 175,000 deaths in the U.S. were related to alcohol and other drugs. But the numbers don't tell the personal story of the millions of lives impacted and what's being done to bring about change. That's where today's episode of Mission: Recovery comes in... helping to bridge that gap between statistics and the human toll of addiction on a nation dealing with a deepening crisis. We hear an inspiring and hopeful story of how the national nonprofit organization Shatterproof is making strides to end the stigma of addition—a powerful barrier to treatment—while improving the quality and accessibility of care. Caroline Davidson, Vice President of State Engagement for the ATLAS team at Shatterproof, talks with us about the work that her organization is doing to reverse and end the addiction crisis in America. She brings us her personal story of recovery along with the joy of taking part in the success of the recent Shatterproof “Rise Up Against Addiction” walk and fundraiser. Caroline also describes in detail the Shatterproof ATLAS platform, a website resource that helps people search various addiction treatment facilities based on quality. This powerful and growing resource is giving an increasing number of people across the nation access to information about confidential care and treatment for substance use disorders.
Continued access to telehealth services, particularly as it relates to medication assisted treatment (MAT) for substance use disorders (SUDs), enjoys strong support and is an issue worth keeping an eye on. Nate Lacktman and Sunny Levine of the prestigious law firm of Foley & Lardner discuss the current state of telehealth regulations in the wake of COVID-19, which saw the expansion of telehealth services for people with substance use disorders, including opioid and alcohol use disorder. However, with each passing month, it appears the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE) is more likely to come to an end, and along with it the waivers that have allowed providers in much of the country to write prescriptions for MAT such as buprenorphine with naloxone for opioid use disorders (OUDs)--a scenario referred to as the Telehealth Cliff. In this Episode, Nate and Sunny talk about the future of MAT, the importance of ePrescribing for SUDs and OUDs, pending legislation or rulemaking that could make virtual MAT permanent, and how the public can help influence upcoming decisions on ePrescribing policies.
Adrian is a supervisor at a global manufacturing company. A harrowing car accident in 2005, followed by the economic crash in 2008, resulted in an addiction to pain killers along with smoking. Today, with the help of Quit Genius, Adrian’s professional life is thriving; however, he’s having trouble quitting smoking. Adrian talks us through how the Quit Genius program (offered as a health benefit through his employer) is completely different from other programs he’s tried. By using the app and participating in the program, he’s finally taking the steps necessary to quit smoking once and for all.Subscribe to mission recovery’s mailing list to stay updated: in touch: I I
Erin is a behavioral health industry leader at Willis Towers Watson. She supports many large employers as a clinical consultant to support their behavioral health and wellness strategy and needs. Erin also has a background as a clinical social worker and has extensive experience working in large teaching hospitals and managed care settings in the substance use disorder space. In this episode, Erin shares insights into what high-quality Substance Use Disorder care looks like. She also shares some of the issues surrounding current care, from the lack of access to the difficulty in navigating treatment. Erin shares some great insights into what she believes the future of SUD care will look like, too!Subscribe to mission recovery’s mailing list to stay updated with the latest episodes: in touch: I I
In this episode, we discussed how alcohol negatively impacted Claudia Christian's life, how Medication Assisted Treatment and The Sinclair Method helped her overcome substance use disorder, and the work she is doing to support others struggling with addiction.Claudia's Links:Website, LinkedIn, Instagram, C Three FoundationSubscribe to mission recovery’s mailing list to stay updated: in touch: I I
Joshua Evans is a singer, director, actor, and YouTube personality. In this episode, he shares his story about addiction, recovery, and what he learned on his journey to over a year of sobriety.Joshua's Links: Instagram, Twitter: @joshuadtown YouTube: @JoshuaDTVSubscribe to mission recovery’s mailing list to stay updated: in touch: I I
Kirstie is the national leader for health management at Willis Towers Watson. She has more than 25 years of experience in corporate health management and wellbeing. She helps many large employers, across the US, develops health management programs that align with their strategies, including behavioral health programs. In this episode, Kirstie talks about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on employers and how it has led to a huge spike in substance use amongst their populations. Kirstie talks about why substance addiction is still an unsolved problem for employers and the strategies employers can put in place to tackle it effectively. Subscribe to mission recovery’s mailing list to stay updated with the latest episodes: in touch: I I
Eddie McClintock is an actor who is best known for his lead role in the hit show Warehouse 13. He has been an actor for 25 years and has starred in some of the biggest shows including friends, sex and the city, and many other well-known shows. He has a heartwarming story on addiction and his journey to being 20 years sober.Eddie’s Links: Instagram: @eddiemcclintock Twitter: @eddiemcclintockSubscribe to mission recovery’s mailing list to stay updated: in touch: I I
Vance Johnson is a former NFL superstar who spent ten years with the Denver Broncos and played in three Super Bowls. In this episode, Vance talks about his struggles with his addiction to alcohol and other substances. He talks about how his addiction affected his playing career, his relationships and his mental health. Unfortunately, Vance’s addiction got so severe that he ended up in a coma. However, Vance transformed his life through an incredible recovery journey. He talks about his recovery journey and how he now spends his time helping support others who are suffering from substance addictions. Vance’s links: Facebook: in touch: I I
Cameron Yarborough is the co-founder and CEO of Torch - the leading platform for digital learning and leadership development. Cameron is also one of the most well-renowned executive coaches in Silicon Valley and has coached some of the biggest names in the valley. In this episode, Cameron speaks about what it was like to grow up with his father who suffered from addictions to alcohol and opioids. He speaks about how his father died having succumbed to his addiction. Cameron also talks about his journey to being sober and how he quit alcohol. Cameron’s links: Twitter: @yarboroughcam Torch: www.torch.ioGet in touch: I I
Justin Kan is the co-founder of Justintv and - the world’s largest live video site - which he ultimately sold to Amazon for $1 billion. Justin is also a prolific angel investor and recently founded the Quest Podcast. During Quit Genius’ time at Y Combinator, Justin was a close mentor to myself and my co-founders.In this episode, Justin speaks about quitting alcohol and his journey to two years of sobriety. He talks about how he changed his behavior and built healthier habits, as well as the benefits of social accountability and why he was so public about his journey to recovery.Justin’s Links: Twitter @justinkan The Quest Podcast Get in touch: I I I Twitter @quitgenius
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