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.
A recent study has shown that attorneys experience alcohol use disorders at a higher rate than any other professional population. Author and lawyer Lisa Smith joins us to help explain the details of the study, share her own story of addiction and recovery, and reveal the barriers lawyers face in getting help.
Substance abuse among Veterans is a growing problem in our country, but help is available. Dave Dyer, Army veteran and of the SHARP Team of the Dept. of Veteran's Services, Matthew McKenna, Dept. of Veterans' Services, and Justin Enggasser, Ph.D., Section Chief for Substance Abuse Treatment Services at VA Boston Healthcare System join us.
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.
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.
BUDDHISM AND THE 12 STEPS
This week on the Right Mind Media Podcast we speak with author Sally Tisdale on her thought-provoking, yet practical perspective on death and dying in her new book "Advice For Future Corpses and Those that Love Them."
Jon and Abby try out smartphone apps geared towards helping deal with depression, anxiety, addiction, recovery, and PTSD.
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.
Dr. Deborah Offner, a clinical psychologist and middle and secondary school consultant, joins us to talk about student mental health during adolescent and young adult development, and what parents can do to help.
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.
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.
Got anxiety? Daniel Smith, author of MONKEY MIND: A MEMOIR OF ANXIETY, and Dr. Luana Marques, Associate Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School and the Center For Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Disorders at the Massachusetts General Hospital, join us to talk about anxiety's affect on the body and mind, and the dangers of self-medicating.
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 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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
STUDENT MENTAL HEALTH
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.
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.
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.
The LGBTQ community is struggling with equality in more ways than one. Did you know that substance abuse occurs at a higher rate among gay and transgender people than in the general population? We're talking about addiction, recovery, and treatment in LGBTQ community, with guest Frank Busconi, MPH LISCW of Fenway Health, Boston.
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.
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.
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
This week on the Right Mind Media Podcast we talk about children's mental health issues with our guest Lisa Lambert, Executive Director of the Parent Professional Advocacy League, a grassroots family organization that advocates for improved access to mental health services for children, youth and their families
What is harm reduction? Does it work? And if so, how? Jon and Abby breakdown various harm reduction techniques, explain what they do, and why so many cities and towns are adopting harm reduction practices to fight addiction
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.
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.
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.
With a famous last name and a successful career as a lawyer, Brian Cuban was able to hide his clinical depression and alcohol and cocaine addictions—for a while. In his new book, Brian looks back on his journey with honesty, compassion, and humor as he reflects both on what he has learned about himself, his career choice and how the legal profession enables addiction.
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.
After the birth of her son, Jowita Bydlowska found herself celebrating with a glass of champagne. Just like that, her three years of sobriety were a distant memory and she began the rapid slide back to full-blown alcoholism. Jowita joins us to talk about her book DRUNK MOM, the brutally honest story of her fight to stop drinking while facing the daunting reality of becoming a mom.
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.
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."
Author and journalist Johann Hari went on a three-year journey across the world to interview the leading scientific experts about what causes depression and anxiety, and what solves them. He joins us to talk about his findings in his book "Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression, and the Unexpected Solutions."
WHAT IS OCD?
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”.
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.
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.
Bess O'Brien joins us to talk about "All of Me”, a documentary film focused on the lives those caught in the downward spiral of eating disorders and their struggle to regain a sense of self-compassion and healing. Bree Greenberg-Benjamin of the Vermont Center for Integrative Therapy, and a featured clinician in the film, joins us as well.
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".
RECOVERY STORIES #3
Allison Moore was a young vice cop in Hawaii when became addicted to methamphetamine - the very drug she was working to get off the streets. Allison joins us to share her story, her recovery, and talk about her new book “SHARDS: A Young Vice Cop Investigates Her Darkest Case of Meth Addiction-Her Own”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Personal stories of addiction and recovery touch us the most, and have the greatest potential to heal and educate. Join us for the third installment of our series "Recovery Stories".
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.
Jon and Abby take on some pretty harsh criticism in the first episode of our new series "Unfiltered", an honest, uncensored, behind the scenes look at addiction and mental health.
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
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.
AN AWARD-WINNING MEDIA GROUP DEDICATED TO BROADENING ADDICTION AND MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS
WHAT IS HARM REDUCTION?
Award-winning journalist Catherine Price presents a practical, hands-on plan to break up—and then make up—with your phone. The goal? A long-term relationship that actually feels good."
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.
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.
November is National Adoption Month and our guest, Lisa Coppola, a therapist at Boston Post Adoption Resources, talks about the challenges people face.