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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“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.”
Posted in Addiction, Drug Enforcement, Drugs, Opiates, Police, Policy, Research, Trama, Treatment
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.
Posted in Addiction, Hallucinogenics, Psychedelics, PTSD, Trama, Treatment
“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
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