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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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".
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
Kayt Sukel, science journalist and author of "THIS IS YOUR BRAIN ON SEX" and Gail Marsh, LICSW, Sex Therapist, join us as we uncover how the brain deals with love and sex, how our past and present behavior affects the kind of sex we have, and what happens to our relationships when our brains are addicted to drugs and alcohol.