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On this episode, we'll be talking to Dr. Chas Gant about the causes and solutions to addiction. Here are his initial thoughts to get us started...
"Over the years, various approaches to solving addictions have been tried with marginal success.
Historically, addiction was first thought to be a moral problem to be addressed by law enforcement. In the early 20th century, a psychological/psychoanalytic model was adopted, based on the poorly substantiated belief that addicts and alcoholics were simply medicating their emotional wounds.
Alcoholics Anonymous then emerged and achieved a modicum of success by promoting the 12-step philosophy, which bypasses immorality or psychological rationales as the cause, focusing instead on spirituality.
The psychopharmacological approach came next. It was based on the assumption that addiction is caused by a or Prozac deficiency in the brain. Substantial education and prevention efforts have also been made for decades.
For the most part, addictions are currently handled by some combination of these models, but with marginal success.
How can we do better? All of these approaches have made contributions, but none of them fully addresses the critical brain/body connection, so let’s explore the little known scientific facts about addiction.
The good news is, we now have the tools to break this hopeless cycle." Dr. Chas
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Carol the Coach knows what damage Sexual Addiction can do to a relationship. To offset the damage she inteviews founder and Clinical Director of the Center for Relational Recovery in Leesburg Virginia, Michelle Mays LPC, CSAT who has over 13 years experience in providing individual, couples and group therapy to those struggling with sexual addiction, trauma and relationship issues.
Michelle is a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist trained under Dr. Patrick Carnes. She is also trained in Post Induction Therapy by Pia Mellody for the treatment of relational trauma. Michelle is sought out as a writer, trainer and speaker on sexual addiction, partners of sex addicts, the developmental model of trauma treatment, and relationship issues. In addition, she mentors and supervises upcoming therapists.
Michelle will be talking about addiction as an attachment disorder (intimacy disorder) and the way in which addicts often attach to the substance or process they are using compulsively as a substitute for meaningful and consistent attachment in their relationships and the way that this is set up in childhood, and how recovery must address attachment and learning how to ‘do relationships’ if it is going to be successful long-term for the person.
Al-anon can help families trying to understand drug and alcohol addiction and get their loved ones to quit. Al-anon uses the 12 steps to teach family members about addiction and to train us to avoid enabling the addiction. We learn to love the addict but to HATE their addiction.
Members of Al-anon also act as sponsors who are readily available to answer any questions that come up while we're trying to help our loved ones to end their drug addiction. How do we get them to stop using and go into treatment is the most common problem that Al-anon helps us to understand and address.
This week on Recovery now we discus how Al-anon works and why we benefit from it if we attend.
For much of the past century, scientists studying drug abuse labored in the shadows of powerful myths and misconceptions about the nature of addiction. When scientists began to study addictive behavior in the 1930s, people addicted to drugs were thought to be morally flawed and lacking in willpower.
As a result of scientific research, we know that addiction is a disease that affects both the brain and behavior. We have identified many of the biological and environmental factors and are beginning to search for the genetic variations that contribute to the development and progression of the disease. Scientists use this knowledge to develop effective prevention and treatment approaches that reduce the toll drug abuse takes on individuals, families, and communities.
Dr. Nora Volkov is the director of the National Institute of Drug Abuse will teach us today about this important topic.
Anissa Abi-Dagham, M.D. is Director of Clinical and Imaging Research and is an expert on schizophrenia
There are three phases of schizophrenia — prodromal (or beginning), active, and residual. They tend to occur in sequence and appear in cycles throughout the course of the illness.
We will be speaking today on
How does schizophrenia begin, and what is its course, What are the symptoms of schizophrenia, What causes this illness
To particpate in a research trial please call 212 568-6850 or go to
One of the most highly stigmatized illnesses an individual can have is addiction. With more people stepping out with success stories, we are finally seeing the wheels turn in a positive direction for change and acceptance...but the pushback is still there. Today on Mental Illness Matters, we are going to chat about the lies people believe about addicts. We are also going to talk about how tough it is for individuals with a dual diagnosis, meaning addiction plus a mental illness.
We've been excited about this show for quite some time and honored to work with one of the leading addiction recovery centers in the United States, Addiction Campuses. Olivia Quintanilla, Market Director, and Brian Sullivan, Public Relations Manager, from their Tennessee and Texas campuses join us for a heartfelt, candid, and startling discussion about what is happening in the United States for anyone struggling with addiction issues.
Please visit our blog for the full article and contact information.
Some of the questions Olivia and Brian answered on our show are listed below:
1. What would you say is the addiction that you get the most calls about?
2. What do you believe is the answer to the nation’s epidemic?
3. Your company also is a leader in addiction education and awareness. What specific campaign are you currently working on?
4. Tell us more about your new Texas campus?
5. What about cost for your program?
6. How does an educated mom in an upper middle class neighborhood start an addiction to drugs like heroin?
7. What area do most of your calls come from?
8. Do you all believe it’s better to go away for rehab or stay close to home?
9. A lot of people feel like because they don’t have insurance or money that they have nowhere to turn. What would you say to them?
10. What do you all hope to accomplish in your awareness campaigns?
Our website is www.addictioncampuses.com. We have LIVE chat available. Our hotline is 24 hours a day 7 days a week at 1.888.614.2251.
Does your pet have a snoring problem? Are you kept awake at night because of the freight train-like sound emitting from your dog's nostrils? In this episode, we will examine the causes of snoring in animals, and explore possible solutions. Be sure to join hosts J and D as they tackle this (humorous) issue on this episode of The Missy Show.
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