Change is Hard, it Doesn’t Have to be Confusing!

Join Dr. Josh King on this weekly live show as he talks with experts in the field of addiction and co-occurring disorders and people who are working to change the conversation about substance abuse. Live shows every Thursday at 4 PM EST on the VoiceAmerica Health and Wellness channel.

Whether you are trying to change your relationship with substances, learn how to cope with trauma or mental illness, help friends and loved ones, or are looking for a little inspiration and hope, The Beyond Addiction Show will get you the information you need to change in a way that you can understand.

Over 20 million people in America struggle with their substance use. Hundreds of millions more are trying to change their lives in other ways to be healthier, to feel fulfilled, and to live a life that they really love. With expert interviews and information with the most current research about how to effectively make change, The Beyond Addiction Show will help you make those changes, and start living your best life.

If you’re trying to make a meaningful change in your life, The Beyond Addiction Show will help you make it. Tune in Thursdays at 1 PM Pacific Time on VoiceAmerica Health and Wellness.

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Leslie Daly is a clinical psychologist who specializes in the treatment of substance use disorders and she is a certified Yoga Therapist. She is an expert on integrating yoga and movement into therapy, and she’s going to talk to us about how yoga can be a great way to engage in therapy (and how you can start doing it now!).

Race and Identity ,both gender and sexual identities, have been big in the news lately. And they have a huge impact on people’s lives. Dr. Lisa Martin joins us to discuss the impact of race and identity on individuals and how it may be a root cause of the need for treatment. We will also discuss the concept of White Privilege, and the negative impact that has on both minority AND majority groups.

Looking for an evidence based treatment for anxiety and depression? Hoping that you can get the best of several different evidence based treatments all in one? Enter the Unified Protocol, and Dr. Shannon Sauer-Zavala will explain it all to us on today’s show.

Dr. Marc Lewis is a psychologist with a background in developmental psychology. He also has his own history of substance use. When he went back to try and understand addiction, the current models didn’t make sense to him, so he created a new one. Learn about Dr. Lewis’ Learning model of addiction.

E-Cigarettes and vaping are ubiquitous, and yet they may be as bad as cigarettes. Have we entered back into the same cycle we were in in the 1950’s with cigarettes, only this time with vaping? Dr. David Fagan will talk to us all about e-cigarettes, what they do to you, and what kinds of policies are being put into place to help protect the public.

Everyone thinks they know about marijuana, but Dr. Margaret Meg Haney REALLY knows about cannabis. She has studied it for years, and she is here to share with us what the research really says about the most talked about and divisive plant around.

Women for Sobriety is a national self help group specifically for women who are looking to change their relationship with substances. Adrienne Miller, the president and CEO of Women for Sobriety, joins us to talk about the group, why having a group that is just for women is so important, and how you can get involved.

Steve Hayes is one of the creators of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, one of the premiere evidence-based treatments available today. He joins us to talk about ACT, how and why it was developed, and about his new ACT book, A Liberated Mind, which talks about how to overcome mental battles, refocus on what truly matters, and build new habits to grow our quality of life.

Ever take a walk and just feel … refreshed? Sure you have, and there is a lot of science that explains why you feel that way. Science author Florence Williams joins the show to discuss her book, The Nature Fix, and the evidence behind how nature can help cure many of the problems that ail us.

You’ve probably heard about eating disorders, and maybe even know about the basics of Anorexia and Bulimia, but do you really feel like you understand them? Today, Dr. Camilla Mager joins us to help demystify eating disorders, and learn about the different treatments available. Also, Dr. David Fagan joins us again to discuss the growing public health crisis around e-cigarettes and vaping.

Dr. Daniel Lieberman, the author of The Molecule of More, talks about how Dopamine works in the brain to help us learn, and drives us to do more … of everything!

Zachary Siegel is a journalist who covers public health and mental health policy, with a specific focus on substance use treatment and the opioid crisis. And, he has his own journey through the treatment world that informs his writing. In the first of a two-part interview, Zach talks about his own journey into substance use and the treatment world, which brought him to writing about it full time.

This is part 2 of a 2-part series talking with journalist Zachary Siegel. This week, we talk with Zach about how the politicians have been working to create policy, what their policies are, and how they differ from one another (and the past policies).


Julia Lurie, journalist at Mother Jones, spent 9 months learning about the underbelly of patient brokers and how they bounce patients from rehab to rehab in a large rehab scam.

Dr. Daniel Lieberman, the author of The Molecule of More, talks about how Dopamine works in the brain to help us learn, and drives us to do more … of everything!

CMC co-founder and sports psychologist Jeff Foote joins the show today to talk about behavioral tips that major leaguers use, and how you can use them too!

David Yusko joins us again to talk about the treatment of Obsessive Compulsive Disorders. So much that we don’t know, and so much that we need to know about it!

Jonathan Avery joins us this week to discuss his new book on the stigma of addiction.

CMC co-founder Carrie Wilkens joins us this week to talk about the CMC:Foundation for Change and how changing your understanding of substance use disorders can help you help someone change.

This week, we are joined by Dr. Ned Hallowell, psychiatrist, author, and leading expert on ADHD. Perhaps it isn’t the disorder that we all think it is!

Anne Fletcher is the author of Inside Rehab, the remarkable book chronicling what really goes on inside of treatment programs. A raw, and often terrifying look at what is happening, and what you need to be an informed consumer of treatment.

This week, Tom Horvath, founder of practical recovery and co-founder of SMART Recovery, guides us through alternative approaches to the traditional 12-step process. We discuss where SMART deviates from the traditional approach, the benefits of these differences, and the overall tenets of SMART Recovery. Tom discusses SMART’s slogan of “discover the power of choice,” and touches on what this means, and why it is becoming such a popular approach. As one of the founders of this movement, Tom has an expert voice on the issue, packing the podcast with lots of valuable information!

Trauma specialist and Director of the Center of Alcohol and Substance Use Studies at Rutgers University Dr. Denise Hien shares her body of expertise on trauma and substance abuse with us this week. We discuss the history of trauma treatment and current, successful, integrated trauma and substance abuse approaches including Cope, Seeking Safety, Target, and Integrated CBT. We also touch upon positive psychology and the continued hope that Dr. Hein sees in ongoing trauma work and research.

This week we were lucky enough to have two special guests. Our first guest was Dr. James MacKillop of McMaster University in Ontario who studies addiction treatments and recently co-authored a paper on CBD medication and its potential use in addressing alcohol use disorders. He discusses his findings, exciting new research, and the mechanisms of CBD that could be helpful for those struggling with substance abuse. Our second guest was Dr. Don Posner, a sleep expert and the founder of Sleep Well Consultants. He teaches us everything we need to know about insomnia, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I), and debunks some common myths about sleep. You won’t want to miss this special episode with these two incredible guests!

This week we take a deep dive into the brain and talk about all things dopamine, the limbic system, and the role they play in the learning process. With the help of the incredible Maia Szalavitz, New York Times best-selling author, speaker, and journalist, we go even further and come to understand how addiction can be viewed as a learning disorder. Maia applies her own experiences with addiction, as well as her professional expertise, to the belief that if we shift the addiction narrative we would see less shame and stigma, less unjust prison time, and better, more effective pathways to recovery for both those struggling with addiction and those who love them.


Dr. Jeff Foote and Dr. Carrie Wilkens talk about the Foundation for Change, their non-profit organization that works directly with parents and family members to help them learn tools so that they can effectively help a loved one change their substance use.

Join Josh and Dr. Jonathan Fader as they talk about Motivational Interviewing (MI) and explore topics and ideas such as ambivalence, open ended questions, and how you can use MI in other areas of your life that are not substance related.

Josh is joined by Dr. Robert Meyers, the creator of the Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT) approach to helping family members get their loved one to engage in treatment, who talks about how and why he developed this treatment.

Dr. David Yusko talks about how to work with someone who is struggling with both PTSD & substances, how extremely prevalent that is, and why it is so hard to get information about effective PTSD treatments.

Dr. Joel Solomon and Josh talk all about medical marijuana! Everything from evidence for it, to why it has been hard to research, how to get prescribed it in New York State and what we should be expecting in the future.

Lauryn Wicks is a parent of a son in long-term recovery. And, she has used this experience to become and advocate for other parents and for treatments that work. Hear her story and how she has become an advocate for change.

Maia Szalavitz discusses her book Unbroken Brain and how she has found that addiction is really a learning disorder. Hear her talk about addiction, treatment, and why the concept of co-dependency doesn’t make sense.

Megan Megale is a successful working mom, with successful children … and a son who died from a drug overdose. Hear her story and how she turned tragedy into advocacy and how she is working to help other parents like her.

Substance use is different for adolescents than for adults. Dr. Shannon Caspersen joins me this week to discuss those differences, and how parents can help prevent substance issues from becoming a problem for their children.

Mark Green talks about Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP) and how it is used in the treatment of substance use disorders.

The Opioid Epidemic as reached a new era – The Fentanyl Era. Dr. John Mariani explains what Fentanyl is, why it is so dangerous, and what you need to know about it.

Dr. Adam Bisaga continues our Opioid coverage as he talks about the treatment of opioid use disorder and his book, Overcoming Opioid Addiction.

David Sheff, author of Beautiful Boy, talks about his journey with his son, taking his story to the public, making a movie about it, and what he has found about treatments that work.