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Change is hard, but 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.

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The Collective Trauma of COVID-19 with Dr. David Yusko

May 28  ¦  56 minutes

The current pandemic is leaving scars in every community on the planet. Today we talk to Dr. David Yusko about the trauma we are all experiencing, how we can help protect ourselves from developing PTSD, and what you can do if you’re having a strong traumatic response.

Eat Well and Prosper with Rebecca Appleman, RD

May 21  ¦  54 minutes

It’s hard enough to eat healthy and balanced in our regular life, but in the time of COVID, it can feel downright impossible. Registered Dietician Rebecca Appleman joins us today to talk about what RD’s do, how they do it, and how you can be healthy and balanced even while practicing social distancing.

Exploring Shame and Stigma with Jason Luoma

May 14  ¦  55 minutes

Shame and Stigma are very difficult emotions that impact functioning and willingness to engage in treatment. Today, we explore Shame and Stigma with Dr. Jason Luoma and find out how to treat it and how to help someone who is struggling with their shame.

Treating Substance Use Disorders Online with Holly Whitaker & Julia Bernstein

May 7  ¦  55 minutes

Holly Whitaker is the founder, CEO, and driving force behind Tempest, an online treatment program for substance use disorders and Julia Bernstein is the COO. They join us to talk about Tempest, online treatment, taking a new approach to dealing with substance use disorders, and why now is the time to change your drinking.

Taking it to the Streets with Felecia Pullen

Apr 30  ¦  55 minutes

Mental health services are sorely lacking for underprivileged and marginalized communities. Felecia Pullen is working to change that in New York, where she opened Manhattan’s first State-funded Recovery Community & Outreach Center, The Pillars. She joins us today to talk about the work she is doing and how her organization is working to help their community in the face of COVID-19.

International Efforts to Help Families with Dr. Richard Velleman

Apr 23  ¦  57 minutes

Dr. Richard Velleman has been helping families all over the world who have a loved one struggling with substances for decades. He shares his techniques, and information, with us here today!

Are You Sober Curious? with Ruby Warrington

Apr 16  ¦  56 minutes

Have you ever been sober curious? Our guest, Ruby Warrington, was so curious she wrote the book and coined the phrase! Now she is going to join us to discuss what it means to be sober curious, what you do with that curiosity, and how the coronavirus social isolation is actually an ideal time to make some changes to your substance use.

We talk about everything with Kelly McGonigal

Apr 9  ¦  56 minutes

Kelly McGonigal is a health psychologist and lecturer at Stanford University, author of two best-selling books, and has one of the most viewed TED Talks of all time, How to Make Stress Your Friend. In this episode, we tap into her amazing brain to help us figure out how to make stress your friend when you’re totally immersed in it and how to utilize movement when you’re stuck in your apartment.

Mindfulness in the Time of Corona with Sharon Salzberg

Apr 2  ¦  52 minutes

We are in a period of time unprecedented in modern humanity. But luckily, we have some knowledge from our ancient past that can help us! Mindfulness guru Sharon Salzberg joins us today to talk about how we are tolerating the social distancing, tolerating the anxiety of the times, and how mindfulness can help us get through it.

The Racial Wealth Gap with Dr. Lisa Martin

Feb 27  ¦  55 minutes

The racial wealth gap and generational wealth are major issues for a majority of Americans. Dr. Lisa Martin comes back on the show to help us understand the racial wealth gap, why it happened, why it’s still here, and what we can do about it.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) with Dr. Kelly Koerner

Feb 20  ¦  56 minutes

If you’ve been in therapy (or know someone who has), it’s likely you’ve at least heard of Dialectical Behavior Therapy, or DBT. That’s because it’s outrageously effective for treating many different issues. And today, we have Dr. Kelly Koerner here to talk to us about DBT and help you decide if it would be helpful for you.

What if You Aren’t Alone? with Dr. Kelly Wilson

Feb 13  ¦  56 minutes

When you’re dealing with mental health issues, especially substance use disorders, it’s normal to feel as though your issues set you apart from everyone else. But, what if what you’re dealing with is actually the same as what everyone else is dealing with? And what if your “problems” are actually your strengths? Dr. Kelly Wilson joins us to discuss how we are all connected and how that can help our mental health.

Your Brain and You with Dr. Rick Hanson

Feb 6  ¦  53 minutes

Brains are truly amazing. Your behaviors can actually change the physiology of your own brain, and hence your life. Dr. Rick Hanson joins us today to talk about your brain, how it impacts your behaviors, and how your behaviors can impact it.

Self Compassion with Dr. Kristin Neff

Jan 30  ¦  54 minutes

Dr. William Miller is one of the original developers of Motivational Interviewing, the leading treatment for helping someone change their substance use and other behaviors. He joins us to talk about MI and what makes for a good therapist.

What is Harm Reduction with Maia Szalavitz

Jan 23  ¦  54 minutes

You may have heard about Harm Reduction therapy. But do you really know what it is? Journalist and Author Maia Szalavitz joins us today to talk about Harm Reduction and how it can be implemented in communities.

Therapists Matter with Dr. William Miller

Jan 16  ¦  55 minutes

Dr. William Miller is one of the original developers of Motivational Interviewing, the leading treatment for helping someone change their substance use and other behaviors. He joins us to talk about MI and what makes for a good therapist.

Ketamine Infusion Therapy with Dr. Jeffrey Ditzell

Jan 9  ¦  55 minutes

Many people only know about Ketamine as a club drug, but its medicinal uses go back over 50 years. Now it’s being used to help with treatment resistant depression, OCD, and other issues that have been nonresponsive to other treatments, and with great success! Dr. Jeffrey Ditzell joins us to explain how and why this treatment works.

What Your Face Says with Ian Reed

Jan 2  ¦  54 minutes

Ever wonder why we cry? Or how a smile can impact someone else? Researcher Lawrence Ian Reed has thought about these questions and more, and tells us about what our facial expressions tell us and the people around us.

The Medical Side of Marijuana with Dr. Junella Chin

Dec 26, 2019  ¦  59 minutes

Dr. Junella Chin knows her marijuana! She specializes in helping patients use marijuana for medicinal purposes and is the co-author of the book Cannabis & CBD For Health & Wellness. She joins us today to discuss the medicinal power of cannabis.

What You NEED To Know About Opiates with Drs. Yngvild Olsen and Josh Sharfstein

Dec 19, 2019  ¦  56 minutes

The Opiate Epidemic continues to ravage families and communities alike. Today on the show, Drs. Yngvild Olsen and Josh Sharfstein, authors of The Opioid Epidemic: What Everyone Needs to Know join us to talk about what you need to know.

American Boy: The Opioid Crisis and the Sister Left Behind with S.C. Megale

Dec 12, 2019  ¦  53  minutes

Shea Megale is the author of more than 2 dozen(!) young adult books, and her newest book, American Boy: The Opioid Crisis and The Sister left Behind is probably her most personal. This is the story of her brother, his tragic overdose, and the impact it had on her. Shea joins us to discuss the book and the movement around it.

Even Athletes Use it! – Motivational Interviewing with Dr. Jonathan Fader

Dec 5, 2019  ¦  56 minutes

Dr. Jonathan Fader has been the team psychologist for the NY Mets and NY Football Giants. He’s helped athletes, coaches, and all kinds of performers reach their peak performance. His new book, Coaching Athletes to Be Their Best: Motivational Interviewing in Sports tells us how to do it too.

MI For the Rest of Us with Dr. Ken Carpenter

Oct 17, 2019  ¦  55 minutes

Ever wonder how therapists get people to change? Dr. Ken Carpenter know how, and he trains non-professionals how to use the same tools that the pros use to help their loved ones make changes in their lives. Learn how you can use Motivational Interviewing to help other people change.

The Politics of Addiction – Part 2 with Zachary Siegel

Oct 10, 2019  ¦  56 minutes

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).

The Politics of Addiction – Part 1 with Zachary Siegel

Oct 3, 2019  ¦  55 minutes

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.

Encore: Your Brain on Dopamine with Daniel Lieberman

Sep 26, 2019  ¦  54 minutes

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!

An Introduction to Eating Disorders with Dr. Camilla Mager

Sep 19, 2019  ¦  54 minutes

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.

Bathing in Nature with Florence Williams

Sep 12, 2019  ¦  56 minutes

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.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy ACT with Steve Hayes

Sep 5, 2019  ¦  55 minutes

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.

Women for Sobriety with Adrienne Miller

Aug 29, 2019  ¦  55 minutes

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.

The Cannabis Files with Dr. Margaret Haney

Aug 22, 2019  ¦  54 minutes

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.

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about E-Cigs with David Fagan

Aug 15, 2019  ¦  54 minutes

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.

A Learning Theory of Addiction with Dr. Marc Lewis

Aug 8, 2019  ¦  55 minutes

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.

The Unified Protocol with Shannon Sauer-Zavala

Aug 1, 2019  ¦  56 minutes

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.

Race, Identity, and The Impact on Treatment with Dr. Lisa Martin

Jul 25, 2019  ¦  55 minutes

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.

Yoga Therapy with Dr. Leslie Daly

Jun 20, 2019  ¦  57 minutes

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!).

Go the F-CK TO SLEEP! with Donn Posner

Jun 6, 2019  ¦  55 minutes

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!

Traumatic Stress and Addiction with Dr. Denise Hien

May 30, 2019  ¦  55 minutes

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.

Are You SMART? with Tom Horvath

May 23, 2019  ¦  54 minutes

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!

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, 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!

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.

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

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!

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!

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!

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.