Glen and Seth review some popular nutritional supplements being used in psychotherapy to improve outcomes, optimize self-care, and provide additional options for mood management. It’s nutritional uppers, downers, and all arounders, on today’s Addictive Podcast.
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.
Scott D. Miller, Ph.D. is the founder of the International Center for Clinical Excellence an international consortium of clinicians, researchers, and educators dedicated to promoting excellence in behavioral health services. Dr. Miller conducts workshops and training in the United States and abroad, helping hundreds of agencies and organizations, both public and private, to achieve superior results. He is one of a handful of “invited faculty” whose work, thinking, and research is featured at the prestigious “Evolution of Psychotherapy Conference.” His humorous and engaging presentation style and command of the research literature consistently inspires practitioners, administrators, and policy makers to make effective changes in service delivery.
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.
Kratom, MAPS, couples therapy, people who come to addiction treatment, MDA, supplementation for alcohol, Duterte, the crackdown on opioids, increased death, cannabis Prop 64, other states, new data, and Seth’s adventures in the great white north were covered.
“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.”
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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.
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.
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
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.
Ibogaine, 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.
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.
I 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.
Marijuana is not addictive and has no physical withdrawal.
Heroin is physically harmful and the withdrawal is deadly.
“Molly” is safe pure MDMA.
“Bath Salts” cause cannibalism and can make you a zombie.
Alcohol and Nicotine are safe because they are legal.
Crack babies and Heroin babies are a national crisis.
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.
“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.
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