Category: Drugs

October 13th, 2016 by TheAddictivePodcast

molly_hermann_500x500pxbw-500x450Matt Edwards grew up in the Northwoods of Wisconsin, where the winters are long, they call the mosquito the state bird, and his hometown was so small that it didn’t have a single store. His first high came from pills prescribed by a doctor for a botched toe surgery.

For ten years he sweat out shift after shift in restaurant kitchens, working twice as many hours as anyone else so he could pay rent and feed his addiction.

Matt was driven by a desperate need to get a fix – more often to avoid withdrawal than to get “high” in a recreational sense. To get what he needed he spun a web of fiction. He was a magnificent liar – smart, creative, persuasive – his lies fed his addiction as much as the actual drugs.

But Matt told the truth to himself in two spiral bound journals. He chronicled his daily drug use – sort of like the Bridget Jones of addiction but in cc’s, milligrams and dollars instead of pounds, drinks and cigarettes. His journals also tell the story of his countless attempts to quit.

Everyday there is another front page tragedy detailing another spectacular fall from grace. What is missing is real understanding of the complicated personal experience within addiction. How does a smart, loving, promising kid move from acting in the high school play to putting a needle in his arm? WRITTEN OFF reveals that journey, in Matt’s own words. Behind the addiction, there is a person – all at once lovable and despicable, funny and pathetic, young and old, destructive and aware of his failings.

Molly Hermann is a producer, director and writer whose documentary work spans genres, continents and centuries. Over the past 20 years, Molly has produced award-winning work for PBS, National Geographic Channel, Discovery Channel, Smithsonian Network, Animal Planet, Discovery Science and BBC America. Her work has taken her from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange to a Casablanca mosque, from red rock Utah canyons to the favelas of Rio de Janeiro, and searching for birds of paradise in the jungles of Papua New Guinea. Molly received the CINE Awards Special Jury Prize for the Smithsonian Channel program “9/11: Stories in Fragments” and an Emmy nomination for “Jefferson’s Secret Bible,” both produced in collaboration with the National Museum of American History. Molly is a founding partner of the Falls Church, Virginia-based company, The Biscuit Factory, which has been producing factual programming for the past 9 years.

http://www.written-off.com/


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Posted in Addiction, Benzodiazepine, Drugs, Opiates, Overdose, Recovery

August 21st, 2016 by TheAddictivePodcast

Posted in Addiction, Cannabis, Drug Enforcement, Policy, Research

August 21st, 2016 by TheAddictivePodcast

Posted in Addiction, Cannabis, Drug Enforcement, Policy

July 22nd, 2016 by TheAddictivePodcast

1465603379178“We are treating the symptom and not the disease, and the disease is prohibition.” — Patrick Heintz regarding the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016 (CARA)

With experience in both corrections and substance abuse counseling, Patrick Heintz has worked with incarcerated populations for over 20 years. Beginning as a child care worker in a maximum security Department of Youth Services facility, he spent the majority of his career at the Hampden County Sheriff’s Department as a counselor/corrections officer.

As a substance abuse counselor licensed by the State of Massachusetts working in a variety of corrections settings, he was witness to what he calls the “revolving door and intergenerational nature of the offender population”. Patrick explains, “Early on in my career, it became apparent that to a large extent, this revolving door phenomenon was a direct result of the prevailing laws associated with the war on drugs. It became a daily frustration that no matter how service-oriented and well intentioned treatment attempts were in a corrections setting, nonsensical drug laws such as mandatory minimum sentencing, school zone violations and other punitive consequences of drug arrests kept us from being optimally effective.”

As a human service worker in corrections, it was obvious to Patrick that substance abusing and addictive personality disorders were more mental health issues than a law and order problem. He experienced an avalanche of realizations upon first hearing a LEAP presentation where the speaker pointed out that after 40 years of being at war with drugs, the percentage of the population abusing drugs remains at approximately the same level as in 1971, when the war on drugs began. Patrick contends that “Sociologically there will always be deviations from the norm including substance abuse, but they cannot be legislated or enforced away.”


Download: https://api.spreaker.com/download/episode/9035174/tap035_officer_and_substance_abuse_counselor_patrick_heintz.mp3
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-addictive-podcast/id1042404723?mt=2

Resources:
http://www.leap.cc/author/pat-heintz/
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/114/s524

Posted in Addiction, Drug Enforcement, Drugs, Opiates, Police, Policy, Research, Trama, Treatment

July 8th, 2016 by TheAddictivePodcast

10849929_747775638635844_152985170529479044_nOn July 7, 2016, one or more individuals, including a suspect identified as Micah Xavier Johnson, shot twelve police officers and two civilians in Dallas, Texas, killing five of the officers. The shooting occurred at the end of a protest against police killings in the aftermath of the shooting deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. Johnson was killed during a shootout and standoff with police, while three other suspects are in police custody. It was the deadliest incident for U.S. law enforcement since the September 11, 2001 attacks.

The drug war and the disconnect between the police and communities of color is indirectly responsible for the attacks.

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iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-addictive-podcast/id1042404723?mt=2

Posted in Drug Enforcement, Drugs, Police, Policy

July 1st, 2016 by TheAddictivePodcast

gI_ken.jpegHAMS is a peer-led and free-of-charge support and informational group for anyone who wants to change their drinking habits for the better. The acronym HAMS stands for Harm reduction,Abstinence, and Moderation Support. HAMS Harm Reduction strategies are defined in the 17 elements of HAMS. HAMS offers support via an online forum, a chat room, an email group, a facebook group, and live meetings. We also offer harm reduction information via the HAMS Book, the articles on this web site, and the HAMS podcast. HAMS supports every positive change. Choose your own goal – safe drinking, reduced drinking, or quitting alcohol altogether.

It does not matter how much or how little you drink; if you want to make a change you are welcome here. If you are concerned that you might have withdrawal symptoms if you quit drinking all at once, please visit our taper page for information about how to taper off alcohol.


iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-addictive-podcast/id1042404723?mt=2
Download: https://api.spreaker.com/download/episode/8894788/tap033_harm_reduction_for_alcohol_with_kenneth_anderson.mp3

Resources:
https://www.amazon.com/How-Change-Your-Drinking-Reduction/dp/145383060X
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/harm-reduction
https://www.facebook.com/alcohol.harm.reduction/

Posted in Addiction, Alcohol, Depressants, Disease Model, Recovery, Research, Treatment

June 12th, 2016 by TheAddictivePodcast

foto_NSP_boletinThe emergence of new psychoactive substances (NPS) – often called “synthetic drugs,” “legal highs,” or “research chemicals” – pose a number of challenges for policymakers, media covering these issues, medical and social service providers, and people who use these substances.

Unfortunately, current media and policy responses to NPS – a broad category that includes everything from synthetic cannabinoids such as “K2”, to synthetic opioids such as fentanyl, to traditional plants such as kratom – have been largely fueled by misinformation rather than facts. For example, in New York City, concerns about synthetic cannabinoids led to misleading media coverage and targeted policing in communities of color and among the homeless, missing a critical opportunity to lead with harm reduction and public health strategies instead of criminalization.

These substances often come on the market as legal alternatives to illicit drugs. In the U.S., they are routinely banned, leading chemists to come up with slightly new formulations to evade existing laws. This cat-and-mouse game has led to a proliferation of these substances, whose potential harms (and benefits) are largely unknown.

Seth Fitzgerald from The Drug Classroom attended an important conversation about novel psychoactive substances on the evening of June 9th – 10th in New York City hosted by the Drug Policy Alliance. At New Strategies for New Psychoactive Substances: A Public Health Approach, the discussion included what is currently known about these substances, strategies for intervening when use becomes harmful, exploring new forms of drug regulation, and examining how messaging and media about NPS can become more constructive. The gathering laid the foundation for a series of recommendations for policymakers, medical and social service providers, researchers, and media.


Download:
https://api.spreaker.com/download/episode/8752850/tap032_new_psychoactive_substances_with_seth_fitzgerald.mp3
iTunes:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-addictive-podcast/id1042404723?mt=2
References:
http://www.drugpolicy.org/news/2016/05/free-conference-public-health-strategies-new-psychoactive-substances-k2-and-bath-salts
http://thedrugclassroom.com/

Posted in Addiction, Drug Enforcement, Drugs, Policy, Prevention, Psychedelics, Research, Synthetic Cannabinoids

May 17th, 2016 by TheAddictivePodcast

Sheila Vakharia earned her doctorate at Florida International University’s School of Social Work. She received her Master’s in Social Work from Binghamton University and a Post-Master’s Certificate in the Addictions from New York University. She was most recently employed as a social worker at a grassroots HIV/AIDS and homelessness advocacy organization in Manhattan, where she provided harm reduction-based substance use counseling, facilitated harm reduction support groups, and conducted quality assurance activities. She was also a SIFI certified field instructor for B.S.W. students from New York University at that time. Prior to that, she worked at an OASAS-licensed rural outpatient substance use treatment facility where she conducted diagnostic assessments, made level-of-care treatment determinations, and facilitated aftercare groups for individuals with co-occurring disorders.

Jeannie Little has been at the forefront of developing harm download (1)reduction therapy for people with co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders since 1990. Beginning with her work at the Department of Veterans Affairs, she developed the harm reduction therapy group model and has trained therapists nationally and abroad. She teaches and consults with staff in outpatient clinics, drop-in centers, and supportive housing programs. She directs a national group of researchers and harm reduction therapists that is working to bring harm reduction therapy into the mainstream of substance abuse treatment. She has authored many papers and, with Dr. Denning, she co-authored Practicing Harm Reduction Psychotherapy and Over the Influence, a self-help book for consumers.

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-addictive-podcast/id1042404723
Download: https://api.spreaker.com/download/episode/8528886/tap031_harm_reduction_with_sheila_vakharia_and_jeannie_little.mp3

References
http://harmreductiontherapy.org/
http://harmreduction.org/
http://ssdp.org
http://fsdp.org/

Posted in Addiction, Disease Model, Drugs, Policy, Prevention, Recovery, Research, Treatment

May 8th, 2016 by TheAddictivePodcast

SSDP-Staff-July-2015-46Frances first got involved with SSDP in 2011, when she co-founded the Northwestern University chapter as a freshman. Although she had known that the War on Drugs was irrational and ineffective before attending college, it wasn’t until she attended her first Midwest Regional Conference at Roosevelt University that she learned that drug policies were also unjust and inhumane. Since then, harm reduction has been a guiding principle behind all of her professional and personal pursuits, and she strives to educate people about the intersectionalities associated with the War on Drugs.In the drug policy world, Frances has served on SSDP’s Board of Directors, and has worked with cannabis law and industry organizations to research cannabis policy in various states, and write and review applications for cannabis cultivation centers and dispensary licenses. On campus, she was involved with Sexual Health and Assault Peer Educators (SHAPE), Alpha Chi Omega sorority and and has served as the President of the Panhellenic Association.

Goals for SSDP Peer Education Program

  • To promote open and honest dialogue around drug use, drug policy and drug culture
  • To reduce drug-related harms through a lens of love, rather than stigma or punishment
  • Convey factual information about drugs, including how to access further resources
  • Convey factual information about drug policy, including how to access further resources

SSDP Peer Educators achieve this goal through three primary activities

  • Facilitating small-group educational programs in residence halls, in fraternities and sororities, for other student groups and high schools, and during Orientation Week
  • Providing students with informal counseling and professional referrals
  • Planning campus-wide events in collaboration with other student groups, academic departments or community organizations
  • Soliciting feedback and communicating to National staff to ensure that the program continually meets students’ needs

References
http://thedrugclassroom.com
http://ssdp.org/justsayknow

Posted in Addiction, Drugs, Policy, Prevention, Research

May 2nd, 2016 by TheAddictivePodcast

Rhana Hashemi author of “The Fallacies of a Drug-Free American Dream.”


References:
http://thedrugclassroom.com
http://ssdp.org/

Posted in Alcohol, Policy, Research

April 27th, 2016 by TheAddictivePodcast

Andrew G. Ahearn is the founder of the Pills That Kill Foundation.


Resources:
http://pillsthatkill.org
http://www.capecodtimes.com/article/20100912/NEWS/100909840

Posted in Addiction, Drugs, Opiates, Recovery, Treatment

April 18th, 2016 by TheAddictivePodcast

medium_adam-lowery-podcast-adam-lowery-1459318445Adam Lowery is a mental health counselor, trainer, speaker, podcaster, activist and coach whose passion is helping others change and optimize their lives. Through an abusive childhood, he focused on his dream to play college football. But at age twenty-two, injury ended his NFL dreams. Disheartened and angry, he chose a life of addiction and crime. He survived the world of drug dealing and quickly became successful in the nightclub business. But the success did not fill the void. He walked away from it all and went on walkabout for two years — traveling from the Florida Keys to the Acoma Native American Reservation in New Mexico Adam was on his Spiritual Rampage.

Adam returned home on a mission to help others and obtain a masters mental health counseling. Before even graduating he was hired as a clinical therapist in a public rehabilitation facility. Within three years Adam founded Transrational Structural Behavior Theory, authored The Cognitive Rampage, a dose of authentic revelation (as the application of TSBT), launched TCR podcast now in 110 countries and all 52 United States and will be releasing his first documentary in the Winter of 2016 “Chemical Incarceration, addicted to the process” detailing the dark side of the addiction treatment industry.


References
http://adamlowery.com/
http://www.amazon.com/Cognitive-Rampage-dose-authentic-revelation/dp/1530236886/

Posted in Addiction, Disease Model, Drugs, Opiates, Policy, Recovery, Research, Treatment

March 24th, 2016 by TheAddictivePodcast

ONDCP_Pothead (1)America continues to try and address the massive overdose epidemic occurring nationally by waging war against her own citizens, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) attempts to provide helpful guidelines through labeling and education, and it’s a thrilling time to be a drug treatment provider with maintenance therapies, replacement therapies, and conventional abstinence therapies all being available. Seth Fitzgerald from The Drug Classroom and drug treatment provider Glen Marshall explore the real cause of prescription drug overdose and how prohibition and adulteration continue to be fatal. I’m looking at you Fentanyl. Finally, we conclude with this gem from the Nixon administration and his favorite drug marijuana.

“We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin. And then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities, We could arrest their leaders. raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did.” — Nixon domestic policy chief John Ehrlichman


Download: https://api.spreaker.com/download/episode/8092939/tap026_drugs_in_american_society.mp3
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-addictive-podcast/id1042404723?mt=2

References
http://www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/prescribing/guideline.html
http://harpers.org/archive/2016/04/legalize-it-all/
http://www.cnn.com/2016/03/23/politics/john-ehrlichman-richard-nixon-drug-war-blacks-hippie/index.html
http://www.hamsnetwork.org/mm/
Cannabis Substitution: Marijuana Maintenance as Addiction Treatment
The Drug Classroom

Posted in Addiction, Benzodiazepine, Cannabis, Drugs, Heroin, Opiates, Overdose, Policy, Treatment

March 19th, 2016 by TheAddictivePodcast

Psychedelic therapy refers to the use of psychedelic (“mind manifesting”) drugs in therapeutic practice. Substances of interest like 3 4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) are demonstrating the ability to enhance and augment the therapeutic relationship, a primary factor in emotional reprocessing and healing, allowing for a considerable amount of patient progress to occur in a relatively short amount of time and number of sessions. MDMA also suppresses the amygdala resulting in a decreased fight or flight response when recalling traumatic events potentially making it an ideal supplement for clients who may not be able to reprocess traumatic memories otherwise.

Psychedelics have a long history as therapeutic agents particularly with indigenous cultures in South America who use compounds like ayahuasca to facilitate emotional healing and purge individuals of negative psychic states. Now groups like the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) are researching and attempting to formalize the application of certain psychedelic medicines in the therapeutic setting as a result of finding significant positive effects in the areas of trauma, stress, and end of life issue reprocessing.

The Addictive Podcast is joined by Bryce Montgomery who is the social and multimedia manager of MAPS and also serves as a volunteer for their Zendo harm reduction project which applies the therapeutic principles and practices developed in their research settings to alternative real-world applications where users of psychedelic drugs can benefit from the support, guidance, and nurturance of well trained and caring staff.

There is a significant lack of curative short-term treatments for psychological distress in western allopathic medicine and these “rediscovered” drugs/tools that can help facilitate the therapeutic process and promote an internal condition that allows for improved psychic healing are a welcome and desperately needed addition to modern comprehensive behavioral health.


itunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-addictive-podcast/id1042404723?mt=2
Download: https://api.spreaker.com/download/episode/8047250/tap025_psychedelic_therapy_with_bryce_montgomery.mp3

Resources:
http://www.maps.org/
https://twitter.com/maps
https://www.facebook.com/mapsmdma/
http://www.zendoproject.org/
http://www.maps.org/research-archive/mdma/MDMA-Assisted-Psychotherapy-Treatment-Manual-Version7-19Aug15-FINAL.pdf
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sPZU6tx4AQk
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HdvcQcZcDJc

Posted in Psychedelics, PTSD, Research, Treatment

March 15th, 2016 by TheAddictivePodcast

Papaver_somniferum_01A common classification often used with medicinal and recreational drugs is “synthetic” versus “natural.” Despite the apparent face validity of “natural” drugs being less harmful, they are no less dangerous, and in some cases are more so, than their synthetic cousins. The individual using the substance, their set, setting, neurochemistry, along with the drug’s intrinsic properties must always be the prevailing determinants when evaluating a substance for ingestion. The Addictive Podcast deconstructs this common societal myth about what’s “best” to put in one’s body when it comes to drug type and origin.


Download:https://api.spreaker.com/download/episode/8014337/tap024_natural_vs_synthetic_drugs.mp3
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-addictive-podcast/id1042404723

Resources
https://www.youtube.com/user/TheDrugClassroom

Posted in Alcohol, Cannabis, Drugs, Hallucinogenics, Opiates, Policy, Salvia, Synthetic Cannabinoids

January 29th, 2016 by TheAddictivePodcast

Flaming_cocktailsAlcohol (ethanol) as a drug of intentional use has existed in cultures across the world dating back to as early as 10,000 BC where Stone Age jugs were used to intentionally ferment fruit for the purpose of human consumption. Its psychoactive properties were taken advantage of in medicine as shown in the Hebrew Bible which recommends giving alcoholic drinks to those who are infirmed to decrease the sense of misery and despair. Modern uses of alcohol continues to include its presentation as a sacrament within the Catholic Church who considered it “a gift of God” to be used in moderation for pleasure and enjoyment while at the same time viewing drunkenness as “sinful” behavior. Modern drug treatment and our concepts of addiction stem largely from Alcoholics Anonymous which was the original twelve-step model for addressing what was considered to be an allergy to alcohol.

Alcohol continues to be closely related to violence and harm in society due to its inhibitory mechanisms on the central nervous system, rational choice making, and diminished consideration of future consequences. Alcohol is a factor in 40% of all violent crimes and 50% of all sexual assaults involve alcohol consumption by the perpetrator, victim, or both. Despite this, alcohol continues to be one of the most widely used recreational drugs in the world with 89% of adults having tried alcohol and over 50% consuming it monthly.

Alcohol has an effective to lethal dose ratio (ED/LD) of 1 to 20. It is destructive to tissue at high and consistent doses and results in serious physiological and psychological harm when used excessively over time. These effects have not been demonstrated with low to moderate use. The potential benefit to the cardiovascular system and blood pressure reduction has recently been demonstrated to be offset by the increased potential of gastrointestinal cancers that result from using alcohol. About one in eight people will experience a substance related disorder with alcohol in their lifetime.

Please take great care with this drug. Its popularity and promotion in modern society greatly skew the actual harms and violence associated with it. Alcohol is inherently more destructive to the body and society than other drugs of recreation like cannabis (in places where prohibition is not a factor) particularly when consumed in excessive quantities which often go unchecked and unchallenged due to the normalization of alcohol in Western culture. At any given time, an average of 40% of hospital beds (when discounting for maternity and intensive care) are being used for alcohol related disorders.


Download: https://api.spreaker.com/download/episode/7666208/alcohol_ethanol_tap021.mp3
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-addictive-podcast/id1042404723?mt=2

Resources:
http://www.niaaa.nih.gov/alcohol-health/overview-alcohol-consumption/alcohol-facts-and-statistics
https://www.ncadd.org/about-addiction/alcohol/facts-about-alcohol
http://drugabuse.com/library/get-the-facts-on-alcohol-abuse/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethanol
http://ssdp.org/

Posted in Addiction, Alcohol, Depressants, Overdose, Withdrawl

January 22nd, 2016 by TheAddictivePodcast

Spice_Synthetic_SubstanceSeth Fitzgerald from The Drug Classroom and addiction therapist Glen Marshall explore synthetic cannabinoids which were made popular in the media by their commercial name Spice, K2, along with many others. This class of substance appears to have a moderate potential for abuse as well as a high potential for undesirable and dangerous effects due to the widely varying mixture used to create the final products. Synthetic cannabinoids have resulted in a number of deaths and hospitalizations as a result of the extremely potent and unpredictable compounds used to make them as well as the varying and unregulated degree of each concentration. These drugs are inexpensive, targeted and vulnerable populations, and are difficult to detect making them another unintended consequence of prohibition based policies where more moderate compounds like cannabis are replaced with more potent and dangerous ones in the name of profit.

Synthetic cannabinoids appear to have a terrible safety profile and while an objective position is warranted in evaluating all drugs, there seems to be very little to warrant choosing these potentially deadly compounds over more benign substances like natural cannabis where casual or recreational use is concerned. The term “synthetic marijuana” and even its association with natural marijuana is a complete misnomer and should not be used as it promotes the belief that the two substances have similar effects and safety profiles which for more naive users may have deadly consequences. Glen also talks about the first step in quitting drugs and addiction as well as Students for Sensible Drug Policy and his recent moves in advocacy towards improving drug education in secondary schools.


Resources:
http://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/synthetic-cannabinoids
http://www.forbes.com/sites/alicegwalton/2014/08/28/6-reasons-synthetic-marijuana-spice-k2-is-so-toxic-to-the-brain/#2715e4857a0b7f7f8ec49eba
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5o0xe_DrGGY
https://www.erowid.org/chemicals/spice_product/
http://www.amazon.com/We-Sell-Drugs-American-Crossroads/dp/0520280784
http://www.amazon.com/The-Biology-Desire-Addiction-Disease/dp/1610394372
http://www.amazon.com/Realm-Hungry-Ghosts-Encounters-Addiction/dp/155643880X/
http://ssdp.org

Posted in Addiction, Cannabis, Overdose, Synthetic Cannabinoids

January 16th, 2016 by TheAddictivePodcast

ModafinilModafinil was originally developed in France and in 1998, was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of narcolepsy. It is a wakefulness-promoting agent (or eugeroic) used in the treatment narcolepsy, shift work sleep disorder, and excessive daytime sleepiness associated with sleep apnea.  It has experienced widespread off-label use as a cognition-enhancing agent and has been associated with and aggrandized by the movie Limitless starring actor Bradley Cooper.  In English-speaking countries, it is sold under the brand names Alertec, Modvigil, and Provigil.  Modafinil is classified as a schedule IV controlled substance in the United States and is restricted in availability and usage due to concerns about possible addiction potential. In most other countries, it is sold by prescription but is not otherwise legally restricted.

The addiction and dependence liabilities of Modafinil are very low.  It is illegal to import by anyone other than a DEA-registered importer without a prescription.  Currently, use of Modafinil is controversial in the sporting world, with high-profile cases attracting press coverage since several prominent American athletes have tested positive for the substance which is considered a doping agent.  It is also under investigation as a possible medication in the treatment of cocaine and methamphetamine dependence.  Seth Fitzgerald of The Drug Classroom and addiction counselor Glen Marshall explore this atypical pharmaceutical which has both unusual mechanisms of action and is increasing in popularity as a study drug on college campuses.


References:
https://www.erowid.org/smarts/modafinil/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fbWY1j-bbKA
http://www.provigil.com/

Posted in Stimulants

December 30th, 2015 by TheAddictivePodcast

file9661253009838Henry is a psychonaut. A psychonaut or “sailor of the soul” in literal greek, is a person who explores activities by which altered states of consciousness are induced and utilized for spiritual purposes or exploration of the human condition. These alternative states of consciousness can be achieved through a variety of means including meditation, rituals, or drugs. Henry has chosen to experience these states using variety of chemicals including LSD, AL-LAD, Salvia, and Hawaiian Baby Woodrose Seeds along with an extensive examination of the scientific literature in his search for enlightening experiences and metaphysical self improvement.

Journey with us as Henry attempts to navigate the rites of passage of young adulthood and a dangerous legal climate, while maintaining a highly functional and productive life despite a pressing need to go beyond the conventional in his own mind and the world around him. He also takes great care to maintain harm reduction practices for himself and other participants in the psychedelic experiences he describes. Seth Fitzgerald from The Drug Classroom joins your host Glen Marshall for an in-depth discussion with this highly functional future pharmacologist.


Resources:
https://www.erowid.org/
http://www.bluelight.org
https://www.youtube.com/user/TheDrugClassroom
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psychonautics

Posted in Hallucinogenics, Psychedelics

December 25th, 2015 by TheAddictivePodcast

480px-Dimethyltryptamine.svgN,N-Dimethyltryptamine (DMT) is the most fascinating psychedelic molecule we have discussed on The Addictive Podcast. It seems to be found in all living things, can produce teleportation-like experiences for the user, and is made in our own brains. DMT has a similar molecular structure to other psychoactive chemicals including, serotonin, melatonin, and psilocybin. Known to some researchers as “the spirit molecule”, it is the primary psychoactive compound in the Amazonian medicinal brew “Ayahuasca.” Seth Fitzgerald from The Drug Classroom and therapist Glen Marshall provide an intimate exploration of this powerful spiritually-suggestive drug.

The out-of-body experiences DMT produces can be extremely uncomfortable and unnerving for some users. Practical techniques to reduce harm suggest that any use should only occur with close proximal monitoring by a caregiver (“babysitter”) familiar with the drug to prevent the user from falling or knocking over dangerous objects. While it does not show a high potential for abuse, the intensity and short duration of DMT and the ability to frequently readminister suggests problems involving use could occur for some individuals. DMT is a Schedule I drug and is illegal.


Resources:
http://www.rickstrassman.com/index.php
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sc_sujfFs1I
https://www.erowid.org/chemicals/dmt/dmt.shtml
https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/unique-everybody-else/201408/dmt-gateway-reality-fantasy-or-what
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/N,N-Dimethyltryptamine

Posted in Hallucinogenics, Psychedelics

December 15th, 2015 by TheAddictivePodcast

0004_jonhatanIbogaine, the primary psychoactive ingredient in the Tabernanthe iboga plant, has increasingly been used as a detoxification treatment from opiates since the 1980s. Today, ibogaine is administered under compassionate access or experimental legal frameworks in hospitals, medical centers, retreats, and private therapeutic settings around the world.

Jonathan Dickinson is the Executive Director of the Global Ibogaine Therapy Alliance (GITA). He has worked with ibogaine in therapeutic and sacramental contexts in Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica and Panama, and has published and presented on his work globally. Jonathan functions as a liaison between academics, government officials, researchers, not-for-profits, and care providers in regard to ibogaine research and practice. During his tenure, Jonathan has organized two international conferences on ibogaine and in 2014, was initiated into Bwiti, a spiritual discipline and psychoactive practice involving iboga by the forest-dwelling peoples of Gabon.

Between March 14-16th, 2016 in Tepoztlan, Mexico, Jonathan and GITA will convene the 2016 Global Ibogaine Conference which includes experts from around the world to discuss ibogaine therapy, the climate of global drug policy, and the sustainability and traditional uses of T. iboga.


Resources:
https://www.ibogainealliance.org
http://www.ibogaineconference.org
https://twitter.com/GITAibogaine
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vdZoGxD2nXE

Posted in Addiction, Dissociatives, Drugs, Heroin, Opiates, Treatment, Withdrawl

December 10th, 2015 by TheAddictivePodcast

Not all illicit drugs are used for pleasurable recreational purposes. Some substances hold great promise in helping to heal conditions like addiction, dysphoria, and other mental and physical health ailments. Ayahuasca is one such substance. This brew made from a combination of leaves and vines from specific plants found in South America is offered at a number of shamanic retreat centers for those seeking healing and catharsis through the reprocessing of trauma and past issues that may be interfering with present-day life functioning.

Seth Fitzgerald from The Drug Classroom and your host and counselor Glen Marshall provide a look down the rabbit-hole and walk-through of the Ayahuasca experience as well as what to consider in regards to best practices and safe decision-making when seeking and using this very powerful psychedelic.


Download: https://api.spreaker.com/download/episode/7343788/ayahuasca_with_seth_fitzgerald_tap015.mp3
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-addictive-podcast/id1042404723?mt=2

References:
http://ayaadvisor.org/
https://www.youtube.com/user/TheDrugClassroom

Posted in Addiction, Hallucinogenics, Psychedelics, PTSD, Trama, Treatment

December 4th, 2015 by TheAddictivePodcast

At recommended doses dextromethorphan, a common ingredient in most cough medicines like Sucrets®, Robitussin®, and NyQuil®, produces little or no central nervous system effect. At recreational doses, positive effects may include acute euphoria, elevated mood, dissociation of mind from body, creative dream-like experiences, and increased perceptual awareness. Other effects include disorientation, confusion, pupillary dilation, and altered time perception, visual and auditory hallucinations, and decreased sexual functioning.

Recreational doses impair judgment, memory, language, and other mental performances however the drug experience varies greatly depending on the amount of DXM ingested. Due to the high dosages needed for pleasurable effects, the potential for immediate and long term negative health consequences, and unpredictable nature at different dose levels, we strongly recommend that DXM be avoided.


Download: https://api.spreaker.com/download/episode/7300543/dextromethorphan_dxm_with_seth_fitzgerald_tap014.mp3
iTunes:https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-addictive-podcast/id1042404723?mt=2

Resources:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dextromethorphan
https://www.erowid.org/chemicals/dxm/faq/dxm_experience.shtml
http://www.sethafitzgerald.com/

Posted in Dissociatives

December 1st, 2015 by TheAddictivePodcast

Today’s episode explores the life of “Andrew”, a highly functional student, substance enthusiast, and artist whose life became confounded by the prescription psycho-stimulant Adderall.  Learn about his journey and the techniques he incorporated to reduce the harms caused by daily amphetamine use, and the self-reflection mechanisms that helped him move beyond the condition of addiction.


Download: https://api.spreaker.com/download/episode/7272679/addicted_to_adderall_tap013.mp3
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-addictive-podcast/id1042404723?mt=2

Resources:
http://ssdp.org
http://www.drugpolicy.org/

Posted in Addiction, Amphetamines, Recovery

November 26th, 2015 by TheAddictivePodcast

The 2015 International Drug Policy Reform Conference was a biennial event that brought together people from around the world who believe that the war on drugs is doing more harm than good. This conference was the largest gathering of reformers ever and included over 1,500 attendees representing 72 different countries.

Therapist Glen Marshall and drug education advocate Seth Fitzgerald both attended and take you through their experiences at the conference as well providing takeaway and contact information you can use to make changes in your own communities.

Download: https://api.spreaker.com/download/episode/7238109/2015_international_drug_policy_reform_conference_discussion_tap012.mp3

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-addictive-podcast/id1042404723?mt=2

References:
Drug Policy Alliance
Students for Sensible Drug Policy (Northwestern University Chapter)
Families for Sensible Drug Policy
The Center for Optimal Living
HAMS – Harm Reduction for Alcohol
Anne-Marie Cockburn
Law Enforcement Against Prohibition
Dancesafe
Senator Mazie Hirono
Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies

Posted in Cannabis, Drug Enforcement, Police, Policy, Psychedelics

November 16th, 2015 by TheAddictivePodcast

CognitiveRampageS33GlenMarshallI sit down with mental health advocate Adam Lowery who inspired me to start The Addictive Podcast through his courage to confront the treatment establishment publicly, and ongoing efforts to make change in the lives of those who need it most.  Adam has been featured on The Joe Rogan Experience and is a thought leader on science based approaches to addiction care and health. Listen in to our discussion on the drug war, treatment, and alternative models of therapy in this free flowing wild ride of a podcast.

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/cognitive-rampage-podcast/id1035522319?mt=2

References:

Posted in Addiction, Disease Model, Heroin, Overdose, Treatment

November 11th, 2015 by TheAddictivePodcast


  1. “Krokodil” eats your flesh.
  2. There is a prescription opiate epidemic.
  3. Synthetic cannabinoids are like cannabis.
  4. Marijuana is not addictive and has no physical withdrawal.
  5. Heroin is physically harmful and the withdrawal is deadly.
  6. “Molly” is safe pure MDMA.
  7. “Bath Salts” cause cannibalism and can make you a zombie.
  8. Alcohol and Nicotine are safe because they are legal.
  9. Crack babies and Heroin babies are a national crisis.
  10. Meth makes you psychotic and rots your teeth out.

All of these popular drug myths have been pitched and pressed by the media, drug policymakers, users, or reformers alike.  The fog of the drug war is thick and all sides push their agendas with a variety of propaganda.  Drug education advocate Seth Fitzgerald along with addiction therapist and host Glen Marshall dispel each one and provide the facts behind the headlines so you can make better choices for yourself and your community.

The Addictive Podcast was created to save lives by providing scientifically based information in this pursuit.  A special focus and rant is paid to the American Medical Association (AMA) and the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) who I believe failed their membership, misrepresented addiction, ignored best practices, and passively stood by while national policy dictated patient care that led to the deaths of 40,000+ Americans in 2014.


Download: https://api.spreaker.com/download/episode/7133826/modern_myths_about_drugs_tap011.mp3
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-addictive-podcast/id1042404723?mt=2

Resources and Further Reading:
http://www.asam.org/
http://www.ama-assn.org/ama
http://www.dea.gov/index.shtml
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/04/15/1375189/-The-War-On-Doctors-How-The-DEA-is-Scaring-Doctors-from-Prescribing-Pain-Medications
http://www.cato.org/publications/policy-analysis/treating-doctors-drug-dealers-deas-war-prescription-painkillers
http://www.newsweek.com/prescription-drugs-have-pushed-heroin-suburbs-252625
http://www.cnn.com/2014/08/29/health/gupta-unintended-consequences/

Posted in Addiction, Cannabis, Drug Enforcement, Heroin, Overdose, Treatment

November 5th, 2015 by TheAddictivePodcast

Etizolam which is marketed under the brand names Etilaam, Etizola, Sedekopan, Etizest, Pasaden and Depas has quickly becoming a drug commonly used in recreational circles. This gray market benzodiazepine analog has effects similar to Valium and Xanax but with a greater sense of euphoria and strong soporific effects. An anti-anxiolytic which is prescribed in Japan, India, and Italy, Etizolam should be used with caution as individuals can become quickly tolerant, or in many cases experience reverse tolerance which is unique in this drug class. Withdrawal from “benzo” type drugs can be deadly so learn the facts first in this important podcast.

Family and addiction therapist Glen Marshall along with journalist and drug education expert Seth Fitzgerald provide an exhaustive in-depth analysis of Etizolam research, its effects and warnings, along with a short commentary on Johann Hari’s recent In a Nutshell video short “Everything We Think We Know About Addiction Is Wrong.” Experience #DrugEducationEvolved on The Addictive Podcast.

Download: https://api.spreaker.com/download/episode/7057228/etizolam_with_seth_fitzgerald_tap009.mp3
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-addictive-podcast/id1042404723?mt=2

References:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Etizolam
www.sdf.org.uk/index.php/download_file/view/700/106/
http://www.sethafitzgerald.com/
https://twitter.com/SethAFitzgerald

Posted in Benzodiazepine

October 29th, 2015 by TheAddictivePodcast

There are hundreds of new synthetic drugs like 25I-NBOMe (aka “25i” or “NBomb”) that are unfamiliar to most, but taken by many. The same issues caused by criminalization for other illicit drugs including misidentification, an inaccurate understanding of their effects, and an inability to determine a safe dosage exist with 25I-NBOMe and can have severe consequences for the user.

Today we are fortunate to have drug education advocate, psychonaut, and nootropic enthusiast Seth A. Fitzgerald guide us through 25I-NBOMe so we can make good decisions about this psychedelic substance and others. Seth will be a frequent guest on The Addictive Podcast and we look forward to him shining his objective light in the darkness.


Download: https://api.spreaker.com/download/episode/6992893/drug_show_and_tell_25i_nbome_with_seth_a_fitzgerald_tap008.mp3

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-addictive-podcast/id1042404723?mt=2

References:
https://www.erowid.org/chemicals/2ci_nbome/2ci_nbome.shtml
https://www.youtube.com/user/TheDrugClassroom
http://www.sethafitzgerald.com
https://twitter.com/SethAFitzgerald

Posted in Hallucinogenics, Psychedelics

October 11th, 2015 by TheAddictivePodcast

You think you know about marijuana and cannabis well you don’t know this! I believe it’s the most important scientific discovery concerning the treatment of cannabis use and abuse this year. Please get back to me if you reproduce the results or want to discuss my findings.

This podcast is for all treatment providers and heavy users of cannabis who wish to have more control over their own lives, comfortably and safely.


AUDIO FIX OTW…

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iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-addictive-podcast/id1042404723?mt=2

Posted in Cannabis, Recovery, Withdrawl

October 2nd, 2015 by TheAddictivePodcast

Salvia Divinorum is a psychoactive plant that is often misunderstood and misrepresented in present-day culture. Discovered in Southern Mexico, this member of the mint family maintains various legal statuses around the United States and produces a profound physical and mental experience when ingested. Hear my story about the best way NOT to take Salvia and others who know better.

The educational resources referenced in this podcast are used under DMCA Fair Use (V) Public interest work and research and are available at the following locations :
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salvia_divinorum
http://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/salvia
http://horizonsnyc.org/2013b/one-page-home/
https://vimeo.com/111295166
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=onNyXDj8lnk
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HfIOnJGhP8U
https://www.facebook.com/The-Art-of-Salvia-Droid-624784180893530/timeline/


iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-addictive-podcast/id1042404723?mt=2

Download: https://api.spreaker.com/download/episode/6716657/tap005_salvia_safety_my_drug_experience.mp3

Posted in Hallucinogenics, Salvia

September 25th, 2015 by TheAddictivePodcast

In this episode we explore drugs in the military through the eyes of “John”, an Army combat veteran of three wars. Now discharged, John shares his story from growing up in West Virginia as an athlete and ambitious young man to joining the service and the effect that decision has had throughout his life. You’ll learn what drugs worked for John and which ones were harmful from high school to life as a soldier and as a man.

This podcast is both compelling, comedic, and an absolute must listen for any soldier in the military, any new recruits or those considering joining, and especially the Veterans Administration and treatment providers who want to learn more about being a human being in the context of military alcohol and drug culture.

Download: https://api.spreaker.com/download/episode/6680523/tap002_a_soldiers_guide_to_drugs_in_the_military.mp3

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-addictive-podcast/id1042404723?mt=2#

Posted in Cannabis, PTSD, Recovery, Trama