Families for Sensible Drug Policy (FSDP) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization representing an international coalition of families, professionals, organizations and public health advocates dedicated to implementing innovative public health initiatives with the goal of empowering families to increase access to effective substance use disorder treatment and reduce the harmful consequences of oppressive drug policies.
Listen to “TAP043 Families for Sensible Drug Policy with Barry Lessin” on Spreaker.
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Posted in Addiction, Policy, Recovery, Treatment
Cheryl Sharp holds the unique perspective of a person who has recovered from significant mental health challenges, a trauma survivor, a family member of a loved one who died as a result of mental illness, and a provider of substance abuse and mental health services. Sharp has worked with adult trauma survivors for over 28 years and trains and speaks nationally on trauma-informed care. She is a Master WRAP Trainer, Mental Health First Aid USA instructor, and trainer of Intentional Peer Support. Sharp is also an ordained minister. She has worked as a hospice/medical social worker and as a director of social services for a skilled nursing facility. She received a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (SAMHSA) Voice Award for her work and personal stories educating the public about behavioral health and the Lou Ann Townsend Courage Award for her contributions to persons with psychiatric disabilities. As the leader of the National Council’s Trauma-Informed Care Learning Communities, Sharp has led many behavioral health organizations in preparing to offer trauma-informed care.
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Posted in Addiction, PTSD, Recovery, Trama, Treatment
Matt 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.
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Posted in Addiction, Benzodiazepine, Drugs, Opiates, Overdose, Recovery
Stanton Peele, Ph.D., J.D., is a seminal figure in the addiction field. All Treatment awarded him the Best Academic Addiction Blog for 2012. Dr. Peele has developed the on-line Life Process Addiction Program. His most recent book (with Ilse Thompson) is Recover! Stop Thinking Like an Addict and Reclaim Your Life with The Life Procss Program. Since the publication of Love and Addiction in 1975, Dr. Peele has been a pioneer in applying addiction beyond the area of drugs and alcohol, social-environmental causes of addiction, harm reduction, and self-cure of addiction. He has presented these ideas and data in a series of twelve books—including Love and Addiction, The Meaning of Addiction,Diseasing of America, The Truth About Addiction and Recovery, 7 Tools to Beat Addiction, and Addiction-Proof Your Child—and over 250 professional and popular articles. Recognition for his academic achievements in addiction has included the Mark Keller Award from the Rutgers Center of Alcohol Studies and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Drug Policy Alliance. Dr. Peele lectures internationally on the meaning, treatment, and future of addiction.
Posted in Addiction, Disease Model, Policy, Recovery, Research
HAMS 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.
Posted in Addiction, Alcohol, Depressants, Disease Model, Recovery, Research, Treatment
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 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.
Posted in Addiction, Disease Model, Drugs, Policy, Prevention, Recovery, Research, Treatment
Adam 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.
Posted in Addiction, Disease Model, Drugs, Opiates, Policy, Recovery, Research, Treatment
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.
Posted in Addiction, Amphetamines, Recovery
“Everything I believed about drug prohibition was wrong. My violent actions enforcing those laws harmed others and injured my own moral fiber.”
That tweet sits pinned to the top of former South Carolina police officer turned Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) Member, Raeford Davis. In this compelling podcast, Raeford takes us on his journey as a boy growing up in a conservative South Carolina christian home, to achieving his dream of being a police officer following drug laws as they are written, to recognizing his own moral authority and letting it guide him to a better life. Raeford is now dedicated to helping other officers who have been used as instruments in the drug war which not only hurt others, but themselves in the process.
Glen also contributes his own experiences on being a treatment provider and the tie in of treatment to the criminal justice system. We also discuss Dr. Carl Hart’s book High Price and the alternatives it offers. It’s healing for all those that suffer as a result of the drug war on The Addictive Podcast.
Posted in Addiction, Police, PTSD, Recovery, Trama, Treatment
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…
Posted in Cannabis, Recovery, Withdrawl
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.
Posted in Cannabis, PTSD, Recovery, Trama