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In this episode you will come to understand what the Saint Jude Retreats program is and who can benefit from it. The Saint Jude Retreats program is a true alternative to traditional treatment and rehab methods. Rather, Saint Jude's helps someone overcome a drug or alcohol problem through an individualized non-treatment program with a social and educational approach.
This episode also includes an interview with Mark Scheeren, Co-Founder of the program. Throughout Mark's interview he will dispell common myths regarding addiction, explain his own past dealing with alcohol and drug use, and explain how the Saint Jude Retreats Program was discovered.
The last segment of this episode explains why celebrities go to "rehab" all the time, and takes a deeper look into Cory Monteith's recent and tragic death.
This episode of Saint Jude Retreats' Radio show features author Rolf Ankermann, author of Freedom to Recover, which chronicles his reflections along his very personal journey of addiction and recovery including why AA doesn’t and can’t work and how the end of selfishness leads to an authentic and meaningful life without relapse. Topics in the news include if medical marijuana can pass in NY, how Harry Potter’s Daniel Radcliffe quit drinking when it didn’t make him happy, and listener questions on moderating alcohol use in midlife and how to seek help with post partum feelings of depression.
“Altruistic and empathetic intent, followed by intuitive and thoughtful action, equals an authentic and meaningful life.” Rolf Ankermann
This episode of Saint Jude Retreats' Radio show features the topic of college students and substance use behaviors, especially as it pertains to the safety and caring support of students as they transition to the new freedoms of adult life and independence.
The radio show opens with radio host and Executive Director of Saint Jude Retreats, Michelle Dunbar, touching on the subject of what Saint Jude Retreats is and the philosophy behind it. Trending topics follow, with local and national news connected to substance use in college years. The news topics this week include a discussion of the recent release of the White House Task Force’s study to prevent sexual assault among college students. A glaring omission in the report is the lack of discussion of substance use as a contributing factor in both increased sexual assault perpetration and vulnerability to attack.
The interview with our guests follows, as Professors Pecoraro and de Roulet and Mrs. Dunbar discuss their book, The Caring Professor: A Guide to Effective, Rewarding and Rigorous Teaching and their blog and podcasts under the Student Caring Project. Professors Pecoraro and de Roulet with Dunbar discuss substance use in the college setting and how to foster safety and responsible use as well as current trends in social media with substance use “advertising” among college students.
The radio show ends with Dunbar answering questions by listeners, which this week touched on binge drinking in college and how to manage the transition from college to adult life as it relates to substance use post-graduation.
The radio show host and Executive Director of Saint Jude Retreats, Michelle Dunbar, opens the segment with a brief description of what Saint Jude Retreats is and the philosophy behind it. Trending topics follow, with local and national news connected to the topic.
The host Dunbar introduces the guest Shira Goldberg - a personal sober/recovery coach that focuses on evidence based, non 12 step alternatives to traditional addiction treatment. She is also the host of The Addiction Show, as well as a full time student at University of San Francisco, aspiring to become a psychotherapist.
Dunbar and Goldberg discuss the power of addiction labels and labels in general. Goldberg shares her personal experience with overcoming substance use, her strategies to empower people through her sober/recovery coach practice, and her take on sober living houses.
Dunbar concludes the radio show by answering questions posted by listeners on the topics of motivation to stop drinking, as well as reconnecting and rebuilding a relationship damages through substance use
GUEST: Dr. Stanton Peele, PhD., J.D.
In our third episode of Saint Jude Retreats Radio, host Michelle Dunbar, Executive Director, will explore the topic of court ordered 12 step treatment and the topic of addiction with Stanton Peele, Ph.D., J.D.
Dr. Peele is the author of over 9 books that discuss the addiction and treatment industry and is one of the leading experts in the non-12 step community. Throughout this one hour episode, Michelle will further discusses trending topics such as the latest celebrity rehab cases, the crackdown of DUI arrests in New York State, and how heroin use affects the brain. After Peele's interview Michelle will answer some fan questions such as, how to deal with a family member that gets extremely intoxicated at family fuctions such as Thanksgiving or other holidays, relapsing after spending a decade in AA, and the reason behind the name Saint Jude Retreats. If you're wondering if it is possible to overcome an "addiction" listen to this show to understand how to take control over your drinking or drugging problem. Change is possible; learn how you can change now!
This episode of Saint Jude Retreat’s Radio covers topics related to DWI (Driving While Intoxicated), DWAI ( Driving While Ability Impaired) and drug possession.
The guest of the show is criminal defense attorney Adam Rosenblum who is also the founder of the Rosenblum Law Firm, PC, in Albany, which is a general law practice with offices in the State of New York and the State of New Jersey. Mr. Rosenblum also specializes in traffic tickets, personal injury, and Social Security.
The radio show opens with the radio host and Executive Director of Saint Jude Retreats, Michelle Dunbar, touching on the subject of what Saint Jude Retreats is and the philosophy behind it. Trending topics follow with local and national news connected to DWI follow. The news this week included Governor Cuomo's proposition on stiffer penalties for texting and driving, recent Justin Bieber DWI arrest, the local Red Ribbon campaign, related to Chris Stewart and Deanna Rivers’ accident last year and more.
The interview with our guest follows as Mr. Rosenblum and Mrs. Dunbar discuss what is DWI, what are the differences between DWI, DUI and DWAI, what is considered a probable cause for a person to be subjected to a breathalyzer, what is the best course of action if a person is charged with DWI, what is Zero Tolerance law, and much more.
The radio show ends with Dunbar answering questions by listeners, which this week touched on the differences in the severity of consequences between DUI and DWI, how likely is a person with a DWI to reoffend, and what are the chances of having a record for drug possession, if the person is never charged and under 21 years of age.
The radio show host and Executive Director of Saint Jude Retreats, Michelle Dunbar, opens the segment with a brief description of what Saint Jude Retreats is and the philosophy behind it. Trending topics follow, with local and national news connected to young adults.
The interview with our guest follows, as Dr. Epstein is being interviewed by Steven Slate, the Director of the Saint Jude Retreats program in New York City. Slate introduces Dr. Epstein- an author, editor, and longtime psychology researcher and professor, who is passionate about educating the public about advances in mental health and the behavioral sciences. Epstein is the author of Teen 2.0: Saving Our Children and Families from the Torment of Adolescence and The Case Against Adolescence: Rediscovering the Adult in Every Teen. Slate and Epstein discuss the myth of adolescence in our culture , especially in regards to substance use.
Epstein comments: "[...] the kinds of problems that we see, including drug abuse and alcoholism among young people, are produced by culture. There is nothing necessary about that turmoil. It's the myth that we've created saying that this turmoil is inevitable and somehow it's part of the teen brain or it's in the genes or something like that, and that's false, that's a myth. "
Dunbar concludes the radio show by answering questions posted by listeners on the topics of adolescent substance use, by addressing the questions of a young adult, who is experimenting with drugs, and a parent, who is suspicious of substance use regarding his son.
This episode features the topic of overmedication- overuse of psychiatric medications and the general attempt to diagnose normal behavior. The topic was provoked by the show's guest, Dr. Allen Frances and his critique on the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition, also known as the DSM-V. Dr. Frances was the chair of the task force that produced the previous version, DSM-IV, he is a published author( Saving Normal) and founding editor of two medical journals. His blog “Saving Normal” quickly became popular because of the author’s unique perspective.
The radio show opens with the host and Executive Director of Saint Jude Retreats, Michelle Dunbar, touching on the subject of what Saint Jude Retreats is and the philosophy behind it. Trending topics follow with local and national news connected to overmedication. The featured news include a recently discovered correlation between the boom in ADHD diagnoses and the implementation of the standardized tests in schools. The second feature news piece is the deeply disturbing story of Justina Pelletier, who was taken from her parents and kept at Boston Children’s hospital against her will.
The interview with our guest follows, as Dr. Frances and Mrs. Dunbar discuss the new DSM-V, as well as the trend of labeling normal behavior as an addiction. Both touch on the subjects of aggressive marketing strategies of the pharmaceutical companies to popularize prescription medication, the legalization of medical marijuana, and the unsuccessful War on drugs.
The radio show ends with Dunbar answering questions by listeners, which this week touched on two topics- a concerned relative of overmedicated 8 year old boy, diagnosed with ADHD seeking advice on how to address the issue with the boy’s mother, and later a question from a high school student who is under a lot of stress and is considering taking medication to help her focus.
This episode of Saint Jude Retreat’s Radio covers topics related to women and their drinking habits, problems, and the portrayal of the above in the media, as well as social acceptance perceptions.
The guest of the show is the talented writer and journalist, Gabrielle Glaser. She is the author of the book “ Her Best-Kept Secret and previously held positions in The New York Times, The Associated Press, The Economist, The Dallas Morning News, The Village Voice, and National Public Radio.
The radio show opens with the radio host and Executive Director of Saint Jude Retreats, Michelle Dunbar, touching on the subject of what Saint Jude Retreats is and the philosophy behind it. Then trending topics follow, as Dunbar covers some of the latest in the media on women drinking.
During the interview, Glaser and Dunbar discuss the existence of double standards where women and their drinking/drugging habits are concerned. Glaser commented on here dismay at AA practices that she encountered during her research for her latest book. New York State Child Passenger Protection Act ( also known as Leandra’s law ) was discussed, as well as the news that marijuana is officially legal in Colorado.
The radio show ends with Dunbar answering questions by listeners, which this week touched on two controversial topics: drinking habits of women and divorce, as well as prevention of sexual assault with abstinence.
This episode of Saint Jude Retreat’s Radio covers topics related to the 12 step program, Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). Actress, radio host and director, Monica Richardson is a special guest on the show. Richardson’s new film, the 13th step, which is a documentary that explores the presence of sexual abuse, rape, sexual exploitations and murder/assault cases that have occurred among newcomers to Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). She also manages the blog leavingaa.com and the blogtalkradio channel stop13steppinginAA, which supports and offers advice to ex-members of AA or those wishing to stop attending.
Throughout the course of the interview host Michelle Dunbar and Monica speak about their past experiences with AA. Michelle has been out of AA for over 22 years and now is the Executive Director of the Saint Jude Retreats. She explains how different the alternative program is and how it empowers people to change their lives. Richardson speaks about her experiences after AA and realizing how it really didn’t help her with her drinking problem, but rather made it bigger than it actually was. Both woman now successfully moderate alcohol uses without having a problem.
Michelle also highlights recent news where sexual molesters and abusers have been court-ordered to AA. Richardson’s project exclusively highlights the dangers of AA and the fact that sexual molesters are often court ordered to AA and not always for alcohol or drug related crimes. The end of the show includes fan questions in regards to substance use.
This episode of the Saint Jude Retreats Radio Show features Stanton Peele, a legend in the field of addiction studies from his groundbreaking work in the 1970s continuing to today. This show focuses on the theme of “Recover from the Treatment Industry!”
Ms. Dunbar then interviews guest Stanton Peele regarding his profound influence on the addiction field and his latest book, Recover! Stop Thinking like an Addict, which pulls together his more than 40 years of study in this area.
The end segment includes questions submitted from listeners on drinking socially and supporting loved ones after rehab.
This episode of Saint Jude Retreat’s Radio show features a conversation about the troubled teen industry and addiction. The topic was provoked by the work of investigative journalist and author Maia Szalavitz, and one of her books, "Help at Any Cost: How the Troubled-Teen Industry Cons Parents and Hurts Kids". Szalavitz has been published in TIME Magazine, The New York Times, Scientific American Mind, etc.
The radio show opens with radio host and Executive Director of Saint Jude Retreats, Michelle Dunbar, touching on the subject of what Saint Jude Retreats is. She also advises parents how to evaluate if a program is safe for their teen.
Trending topics follow, with local and national news connected to addiction- local amnesty law on seeking help for an overdose, Palcohol ( powdered alcohol), supposed marijuana "deaths", as well as an inspirational story of weight loss, sobriety and life change.
The interview with our guest follows as Szalavitz and Dunbar discuss the topic of addiction, the troubled teen industry and all the risks that it poses for teens and their parents."The fact that these kids are seen as so discredited and always lying really enables abuse for generations", says Szalavitz. Effectiveness of AA, moderation, harm reduction and marijuana legalization are also addressed.
The radio show ends with Dunbar answering questions by listeners - a husband's struggle with supporting wife to attend a rehab, after she previously failed at staying sober as a result of attending another rehab; and the question of a young man, who is struggling with feeling accomplished, and using this as an excuse to use substances.
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