EP. 124
THE ART OF MINDFULNESS

Want to know how to talk to your teen about drugs?  Dr. Sharon Levy, Director of Adolescent Substance Abuse Program at Boston Children’s Hospital, joins us to talk about how, when, and why we need to talk to our teens about drugs and alcohol.  

 Dr. Michael Levy, author of  "Take Control of Your Drinking… and You May Not Need to Quit” joins us to talk about how, if at all, people can control their drinking.  Dr. Levy is a clinical psychologist who has worked in the behavioral health treatment for over 20 years and is currently the Director of Addiction Services at the North Shore Medical Center in Salem, MA.

​​​​​​​Ep. 054

MONKEY MIND ANXIETY




Guest Kevin A. Sabet, PhD, is an author, consultant, former advisor to three U.S. presidential administrations, assistant professor, and serves as the President and CEO of SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana), which he founded with former Congressman Patrick Kennedy. Kevin joins us to talk about marijuana education, awareness, and current public policy.










EP. 113

BOSTON BULLDOGS RUNNING CLUB



Ep. 074

DAVID LEITE:                  

"NOTES ON A BANANA"



​​​Ep. 066
CAN YOU GET ADDICTED TO TECHNOLOGY?





The Boston Globe recently reported that the heroin epidemic in Massachusetts is unlike anywhere else in the United States, with an overdose rate more than twice the national average.  Sarah Mackin, Director of Harm Reduction Services at the Boston Public Health Commission, joins us to talk about what's being done to curb the rise in

overdose deaths.

EP. 109

MEDICATION ASSISTED TREATMENT



 

Jon and Abby try out smartphone apps geared towards helping deal with depression, anxiety, addiction, recovery, and PTSD.


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What are the warning signs of addiction to opioid pain killers?  How can you strike the right balance between pain relief and addiction?  Dr. Mark Albanese, addictions specialist, and Dr. Chris Gilligan Chief of Pain Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, explain. 




Ep. 059
MATTHEW QUICK:
"EVERY EXQUISITE THING"

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​​​​​​​Ep. 056

ADDICTION IN THE FAMILY





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Maureen Cavanagh joins us to talk about her devastating new memoir "If You Love Me:  A Mother's Journey Through Her Daughter's Opioid Addiction", a deeply moving mother-daughter story about love, strength, and hope.


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​​​​​​​Why do Americans with serious mental illness die 15-30 years before those without?  Our guest, New York Times medical writer Dr. Dhruv Khullar, says the disparity is in part due to the difference in the way health care is delivered to the mentally ill.  He talks about why that is and what can be done about it.

How is addiction and recovery shaping American Indian communities today? David A. Patterson, Silver Wolf, Asst. Prof. at Washington University, Lacina Onco of Native American Lifelines Boston and a member of the Shinnecock Indian Nation, and Janelle Pocowatchit of Native American Lifelines Boston and member of Mik’Maw First Nations and Comanche Nation of Oklahoma join us.

 

Personal stories of addiction and recovery touch us the most and have the greatest potential to educate and heal. 


In the second installment of our series "Recovery Stories", we hear from a man whose experiences through anxiety, marijuana use, opiate addiction, and ultimately jail time, led to a journey of life-long recovery.

MAT is part of a evidence-based approach to treating those with opioid and alcohol use disorders and is gaining wider acceptance by behavioral health care providers.  But the practice is sometimes misunderstood by the public and even some members of the recovery community.

Dr. Zev Schuman-Olivier, Executive Director and Research Director of the Center for Mindfulness and Compassion, joins us to talk about mindfulness - what it means, and why it's so important.

This week we talk to psychiatrist Himal Mitra about demystifying mental health treatment today.

EP. 111

RHODE ISLAND USERS UNION


What do the terms "dual diagnosis" and "co-occurring disorders" mean?  Jon and Abby discuss how addiction and mental illness are entwined, how they are diagnosed, and how they are best treated.

Guest Kevin Griffin is a Buddhist author, teacher, and leader in the mindful recovery movement.  He teaches internationally in Buddhist centers, treatment centers, and academic settings.  Kevin specializes in helping people in recovery connect with meditation and a progressive understanding of the 12 Steps.





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EP. 121

TRAUMA AND SELF- MEDICATION



 Dr. Sara Lazar is the head of the Lazar Lab at Harvard University where she studies the effect yoga and meditation has on how we think and act.  Dr. Lazar joins us to explain how meditation and yoga impacts - and benefits - the brain.

EP. 115

IF YOU LOVE ME



​​​​​​​​​Ep. 060

MAIA SZALAVITZ:

"UNBROKEN BRAIN"






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Addiction experts are preparing for a "tidal wave" of baby boomers who will need help fighting addiction. Guest Dr. Barbara Krantz, Medical Director of the Hanley Center, joins us to talk about the addiction issues facing boomers today, and the treatment programs being created specifically for them. 

Ann Dowsett Johnston, author of "Drink: The Intimate Relationship Between Women and Alcohol", delivers a groundbreaking examination of a shocking yet little recognized epidemic threatening society today, what pre-eminent researcher Sharon Wilsnack believes is a "global epidemic" in women's drinking.  

Ep. 069

SAM QUINONES:  

"DREAMLAND"



Jon and Abby go behind the headlines to explore the hot topics of the month.  This week they tackle teen vaping, substance abuse amongst baby boomers, talking to your kids about drugs, and chocolate (yes, chocolate!)"

Murray Carpenter, author of “Caffeinated: How our Daily Habit Helps, Hurts, and Hooks Us” reveals the little-known truth about this addictive, largely unregulated drug found in coffee, energy drinks, teas, colas, chocolate, and even pain relievers. Psychiatrist Dr. Himal Mitra joins us as well to explain the effect of other kinds of stimulants (including ADHD medication), on the body.

​​​​​​​​Ep. 053

VETERANS AND SUBSTANCE    

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Mike Ferullo began running to help his personal recovery. Before he knew it, he was running the New York City Marathon and getting his Social Work degree.  In 2008 he brought running to a treatment program to inspire others the same way and the non-profit, Boston Bulldogs was born. The only requirement is that you "just show up." Coach Mike, and Bulldog program coordinator Meaghan O'Sullivan, join us.





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Ep. 078

WRITERS FOR RECOVERY

Ep. 070

CONTROL YOUR DRINKING AND YOU MAY NOT NEED TO QUIT

​​​​​​​Ep. 049                                       HOW TO TALK TO TEENS         ABOUT DRUGS





The voices of drug users are usually not heard in substance use policy discussions. Michael Galipeau, co-founder of the Rhode Island Users Union, describes the difficulties he has encountered in getting them heard and some of his unexpected allies.


EP. 132
TEEN PERFECTIONISM

"Writers for Recovery" authors join Right Mind Media to share their personal stories of struggle, perseverance, moments of doubt and inspiration and the slow but steady work of renewal and healing from addiction.  

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EP. 128
SUFFOLK COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY RACHAEL ROLLINS

The unfettered prescribing of pain medications meets the massive influx of black tar heroin in this true, riveting tale of capitalism run amok.  Author and journalist Sam Quinones explains how this unintentional collision led to the catastrophic opiate crisis in this country in his book "Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic".


 

Are your kids addicted to technology?  Dr. Michael Rich, Pediatrician in Adolescent Medicine at Children's Hospital Boston, and Dir. of the Center on Media and Child Health, and Matt Richtel, Pulitzer Prize winning tech reporter for the New York Times and the author of "A Deadly Wandering" join us to talk about the effects of technology on our brain.


Shaleen Title, Commissioner of the Cannabis Control Commission, joins us to break down the recently enacted laws enabling medical and adult use marijuana in the Commonwealth.


Ep. 95

CO-OCCURRING DISORDERS




​Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin joins us to talk about what he recently described as "a full-blown heroin crisis" in his state. And filmmaker Bess O'Brien talks about "The Hungry Heart", a film that takes an "intimate look at the often hidden world of prescription drug addiction through the world of Vermont Pediatrician Fred Holmes who works with patients struggling with this disease."  ​​











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Is the DEA complicit in the opioid epidemic? Our guest, drug policy expert Professor Leo Beletsky, says it’s time to revamp or eliminate the DEA and rebuild America’s drug policy from the ground up.


Dr. Mark Albanese, an addictions psychiatrist and Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry Harvard Medical School, joins us to talk about identifying and treating disorders that co-occur with opioid use disorder, especially trauma.

​​​​​​​Ep. 058

WHY WOMEN DRINK





Ep. 077

MICHAEL BOTTICELLI            

Personal stories of addiction and recovery touch us the most and have the greatest potential to heal and educate.  Lisa S. joins us to share her recovery journey in the seventh installment of our series "Recovery Stories."

Personal stories of addiction and recovery touch us the most and have the greatest potential to educate and heal. 


In the first of our new series of personal stories on long term recovery, a friend-of-the-pod shares his raw, insightful, and honest journey from addiction to long term recovery. 

​​​​​​​​​Ep. 047                             STIMULANTS






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EP. 105

STAYING SOBER FOR THE HOLIDAYS

Michael Botticelli, “Drug Czar” under the Obama administration, joins us to talk about the opioid epidemic: what needs to be done,how he feels the current administration is handling it, and how his new role as Executive Director of the Grayken Center for Addiction Medicine puts him in a unique position to help make a change.

Dr. Alex Solodyna, a clinical psychologist, and Madeline Conover, LMHC, break down the roots and symptoms of Anxiety and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and the treatments available.

Psychologist Ty Tashiro unpacks decades of research in the fields of psychology, neuroscience, and sociology to help us understand what it means to be awkward. He considers how awkward people view our complex world and delivers a welcome, counterintuitive message: the same characteristics that make people socially clumsy can be harnessed to produce remarkable achievements.

EP. 129
THE ART AND SCIENCE OF MEDITATION

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker and Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders join us to talk about the opioid epidemic in Massachusetts, and what the government is doing to try to address it.  

Michael Moss, NYT investigative reporter and Pulitzer Prize winning author of "SALT SUGAR FAT", and Lisa Johnson, nationally renowned fitness and health expert, join us to talk about how we get hooked on certain kinds of foods – similar to how we could get hooked on alcohol and drugs – and how the food industry engineers food to make us crave it.  ​





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​​​​​​​Artist Domenic Esposito and gallery owner Fernando Luis Alvarez join us to talk about using art to protest Big Pharma's role in the opioid epidemic. The two recently placed Esposito's sculpture, an 800 pound depiction of a spoon used to cook heroin, outside the headquarters of Purdue Pharma, the makers of the painkiller OxyContin. 











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BABY BOOMERS AND ADDICTION




Chad Smith, Rock & Roll Hall of Famer and drummer for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, shares his story of sobriety, creativity, and the road to recovery.

Ep. 89

ALISA ROTH:

INSANE

​​​​​​​Ep. 043                             GOVERNOR CHALIE BAKER &  SECRETARY MARYLOU SUDDERS 

                                                                    





Ep. 070

CONTROL YOUR DRINKING AND YOU MIGHT NOT NEED TO QUIT

Reporter and author Maia Szalavitz joins us to talk about her new book "Unbroken Brain: A Revolutionary New Way of Understanding Addiction".  Szalavitz argues  that our understanding of addiction is trapped in unfounded 20th century ideas and in equally outdated treatment. Join us for our exclusive interview with Maia as she works to break the mold and bring society's understanding of addiction up to date.

This week on Abby and Jon are joined by some special musical guests and they’ll also discuss the challenges faced by people in recovery during the holidays and talk about proven strategies for surviving the season.











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DAN HARRIS:                             "10% HAPPIER"                                       





Ep. 085

ART VS BIG PHARMA    


Ep. 082

THERE'S AN APP FOR THAT    

EP. 84

THE DEADLY GAP BETWEEN PHYSICAL AND MENTAL HEALTH

Harvard seniors Kailash Sundaram and Eana Meng discuss their recent push to make naloxone available across Harvard’s campus.  We're also joined by Domenic Esposito, the artist who famously dropped an 800lb heroin spoon sculpture on the steps of Perdue Pharma, as he takes his art and activism across the country.

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EP. 99

ALCOHOL 101

















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EP. 103

CONTAINING ADDICTION




EP. 125
THE COMPLETE FAMILY GUIDE   TO ADDICTION

Ep. 075

CHAD SMITH of the               

RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS

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HARM REDUCTION: A STREET FIGHT WITH ADDICTION



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EP. 118

HOT TOPICS: MAY 2019



​What exactly is trauma, and how does it impact the brain? What the signs and symptoms of trauma? And, how it can be treated? Our guests are Megan Ross, the Director of Program Development and Trauma Awareness at Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center, and Gayle Jaffe from the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center.  ​​


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THE DEADLY GAP BETWEEN PHYSICAL AND MENTALHEALTH    





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EP. 122

DEMYSTIFYING PSYCHIATRY


Addiction is a family disorder. We'll talk about strategies families can use to cope with a loved one in active addiction, and how they can heal throughout the recovery process.  Diana Clark, a specialist in addiction and family systems and the author of “Addiction Recovery: A Family's Journey” joins us, along with Ann and Jim, parents of a child in recovery, who share their story addiction in their family.  


EP. 101
ADOPTION, ADDICTION,

AND LOSS​










Who better than Harvard University to educate the public on the current opioid crisis in America? No one. And that’s precisely why we’re so excited about their new (and free!) online course on HarvardX. Harvard Medical School's Dr. Curfman and Dr. Bierer join our show to break down the course and explain why you, and everyone you know, need to go straight to class.


Ep. 079

KEVIN SABET: SMART APPROACHES TO MARIJUANA            

EP. 124
THE ART OF MINDFULNESS

Perfectionism amongst teens, along with anxiety is on the rise, bringing with it a dangerous mix of excessively high personal standards and intense self-criticism.  Rachel Merson, Psy.D , Associate Clinical Director of the Child and Adolescent Fear and Anxiety Treatment Program at the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders at Boston University joins us to help navigate teen perfectionism and anxiety.

EP. 97

TRAUMA AND RESILIENCY




Food writer David Leite, founder of the James Beard Award-winning website "Leite’s Culinaria", joins us to talk about his new book "Notes on a Banana" - a candid, courageous, funny story of family, food, mental illness, and sexual identity.

Ep. 081

RECOVERY STORIES #2    











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As our most culturally accepted drug, how can alcohol go from casual use to problematic or deadly drinking? What are the societal impacts of it's use and mis-use?  And how can people get help for alcohol use disorders and problem drinking?  Join us as Jon and Abby break it all down in Alcohol 101.

Matthew Quick, author of SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK, joins us to talk about his latest book EVERY EXQUISITE THING.  In this candid interview, Quick shares his experience of "white knuckling it" though his own teen and early adulthood years, and his journey to become someone who didn't need to "fake it" anymore.

Jon and Abby go behind the headlines to explore the hot topics of the month.  This week they tackle driving under the influence of cannabis, everyday treatments for anxiety, and concerns about the drug Kratom and it's misuse.

Jails in New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago each house more people with mental illnesses than any hospital. As many as half of all people in America’s jails and prisons have a psychiatric disorder. Journalist Alisa Roth joins us to talk about her new book "Insane", an urgent exposé of the mental health crisis in our courts, jails, and prisons.

Ep. 065




District Attorney Rachael Rollins joins us to talk about her controversial plans to implement criminal justice reform by reducing arrest and incarceration of, among others, low-level drug offenders and people suffering from mental health issues, with the intended goad of getting them help.  She also intends to correct racial and ethnic disparities in the criminal justice system and find alternatives to traditional prosecution.

​​​​​​​Ep. 048                                     WHAT IS TRAUMA?





​​​​​​​Ep. 042                                         HUMAN TRAFFICKING: WHAT         IT IS AND HOW TO STOP IT                                                                








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November is National Adoption Month and our guest, Lisa Coppola, a therapist at Boston Post Adoption Resources, talks about the challenges people face.





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This week on the Right Mind Media Podcast we speak with Tom Harrison, author of the upcoming Family Addiction Guidebook: Everything You Need to Understand, Cope With, and Get Help for the World’s Most Bewildering Illness. The book is a practical and authoritative guide for families and friends looking to better understand addiction and how to get help for themselves and their loved ones.

​​​​​​​​​Ep. 058

WHY WOMEN DRINK




EP. 120

STUDENT ACTIVISM & ART





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BABY BOOMERS AND ADDICTION




Ep. 067

PAIN KILLERS: A ​PRESCRIPTION FOR ADDICTION?


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DAN HARRIS:                             "10% HAPPIER"                                       





Ep. 60

MAYA SZALAVITZ:

"UNBROKEN BRAIN"






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EP. 123

HOT TOPICS: JUNE

 Matthew R. Pembleton, author of "Containing Addiction" joins us to discuss how U.S. policymakers had long viewed addiction and organized crime as profound domestic and trans-national threats, and how's America's application of a foreign policy solution to a domestic social crisis. The result is a drug war that persists into the present day.











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 Tom Harrison, author of "The Complete Family Guide to Addiction", shares his practical and authoritative guide for families and friends looking to better understand addiction and how to get help for themselves and their loved ones.

Ep. 083

THE FAMILY ADDICTION GUIDEBOOK  

When talking about the opioid epidemic, the overdose reversal drug Narcan (naloxone) is often credited with bringing the death rate down significantly.  Even though it's a life saver, there are people opposed to its use.  Sarah Mackin and Devin Larkin from the Boston Public Health Commission join us to explore all aspects of this medication.

EP. 119

RECOVERY STORIES #7







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ABC News'  Dan Harris has covered wars and presidential campaigns, but it was a panic attack live on the air in front of 5 million viewers that forced him to face his biggest challenge yet: taming the voice in his head. Dan joins us to talk about his book “10% Happier: How I Tamed The Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help that Actually Works – A True Story”. 

EP. 96

IS THE DEA COMPLICIT IN THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC?





Ep. 071

TY TASHIRO: 

"AWKWARD"


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EP. 110

MARIJUANA LAWS IN MASSACHUSETTS




​​​​​​​​​​​Ep. 052

AMERICAN INDIANS:       ADDICTION AND RECOVERY





 

Ep. 90

BUDDHISM AND THE 12 STEPS


Ep. 068
HARVARD TACKLES THE OPIOID CRISIS IN AMERICA

EP. 101

ADOPTION, ADDICTION AND LOSS














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RELAPSE 101








     






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Ep. 061 
CAN A CHILDREN'S BOOK BREAK THE STIGMA OF ADDICTION?

EP. 116

WHAT IS NARCAN?



Ep. 080

RECOVERY STORIES #1

​​​​​​​​Ep. 045                             GOVERNOR PETER SHUMLIN:       VERMONT'S OPIATE CRISIS                                    






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EATING DISORDERS:

MYTHS & FACTS













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This week on the Right Mind Media Podcast, we talk about trauma and resilience with Lynn Sanford, clinical director of the Trauma Center at the Justice Resource Institute in Brookline, MA

EP. 130
HOT TOPICS: SEPTEMBER

Award-winning children's author Kate Messner joins us to talk about her new book, "The Seventh Wish", a modern day fairy tale about a girl struggling with typical middle school problems and an even bigger problem looming in her family. We spoke with Kate about her book, and the importance of breaking the stigma of addiction at an early age. 

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AN AWARD-WINNING MEDIA GROUP DEDICATED TO BROADENING ADDICTION AND MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS

EP. 104

MODERN PARENTING AND ADDICTION IN THE FAMILY




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SALT SUGAR FAT: HOW THE     FOOD GIANTS HOOKED US




Ep. 92

WHAT IS OCD?



What is an Eating Disorder? Beth Mayer, LICSW and the Executive Director at MEDA (Multi-Service Eating Disorders Association) joins us to break down the myths and facts surrounding this widespread disorder, and the treatments available for recovery.







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​More than a quarter million American children and teens are at risk for sex trafficking every year. We look at the toll of Human Trafficking and what can be done about it. Our guests are Kate Price from the Children's Advocacy group at Wellesley University, Audrey Morrissey from My Life My Choice, and Sergeant Detective Donna Gavin from the Boston Police Human Trafficking Unit.    ​​

What makes someone with 10 years of sobriety suddenly reach for a drink?  Is relapse a failure of will power or part of the recovery process? Dr. George Vaillant, Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and Peter C. Johnston, Alcohol and Drug Counselor and Relapse Prevention Specialist, walk us through what happens during a relapse.

Jon and Abby go behind the headlines to explore the hot topics of the month.  This week they tackle Section 35, the public health approach to treatment, and the debate surrounding cannabis as a treatment for opioid use disorder.