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Right Mind Media is an award-winning media group dedicated to addiction and mental health awareness. We've interviewed hundreds of specialists and people in recovery from across the country to create over 50 hours (and counting) of award winning podcasts on addiction and mental health.
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May 23, 2017

A recent study has shown that attorneys experience alcohol use disorders at a higher rate than any other professional population.  Author and lawyer Lisa Smith joins us to help explain the details of the study, share her own story of addiction and recovery, and reveal the barriers lawyers face in getting help.

May 10, 2017

With a famous last name and a successful career as a lawyer, Brian Cuban was able to hide his clinical depression and alcohol and cocaine addictions—for a while.  In his new book, Brian looks back on his journey with honesty, compassion, and humor as he reflects both on what he has learned about himself, his career choice and how the legal profession enables addiction. 

May 4, 2017

Psychologist Ty Tashiro unpacks decades of research in the fields of psychology, neuroscience, and sociology to help us better understand what it means to be awkward. He considers how awkward people view our complex world and delivers a welcome, counterintuitive message: the same characteristics that make people socially clumsy can be harnessed to produce remarkable achievements.

May 4, 2017

Psychologist and author Ty Tashiro joins us to talk about his new book AWKWARD.  In it, he unpacks decades of research in the fields of psychology, neuroscience, and sociology to help us better understand this widely shared trait and its origins. He considers how awkward people view our complex world and explains how they can more comfortably navigate it, and delivers a welcome, counterintuitive message: the same characteristics that make people socially clumsy can be harnessed to produce remarkable achievements.

Apr 13, 2017

Can you control your drinking?  If so, how?  Dr. Michael Levy joins us to about his book "Take Control of Your Drinking... and You May Not Need to Quit".

Apr 4, 2017

Author and journalist Sam Quinones weaves together two riveting tales of capitalism run amok whose unintentional collision led to a catastrophic opiate epidemic in this country.  Quinones joins us to talk about his book "Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic", and more.

Mar 23, 2017

Who better than Harvard University to educate the public on the current opioid crisis in America? No one. And that’s precisely why we’re so excited about their new (and free!) online course on HarvardX. Harvard Medical School's Dr. Curfman and Dr. Bierer join our show to break down the course and explain why you, and everyone you know, need to go straight to class.

Mar 1, 2017

Allison Moore was a young vice cop in Hawaii when became addicted to methamphetamine - the very drug she was working to get off the streets. Allison joins us to share her story, her recovery, and talk about her new book “SHARDS: A Young Vice Cop Investigates Her Darkest Case of Meth Addiction-Her Own”.

Mar 1, 2017

More than a quarter million American children and teens are at risk for sex trafficking every year. We look at the toll of Human Trafficking and what can be done about it. Our guests are Kate Price from the Children's Advocacy group at Wellesley University, Audrey Morrissey from My Life My Choice, and Sergeant Detective Donna Gavin from the Boston Police Human Trafficking Unit.   

Mar 1, 2017

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker and Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders join us to talk about the opioid epidemic in Massachusetts, and what the government is doing to try to address it.  

Feb 26, 2017

Kayt Sukel, science journalist and author of "THIS IS YOUR BRAIN ON SEX" and Gail Marsh, LICSW, Sex Therapist, join us as we uncover how the brain deals with love and sex, how our past and present behavior affects the kind of sex we have, and what happens to our relationships when our brains are addicted to drugs and alcohol.

Feb 26, 2017

​Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin joins us to talk about what he recently described as "a full-blown heroin crisis" in his state. And filmmaker Bess O'Brien talks about "The Hungry Heart", a film that takes an "intimate look at the often hidden world of prescription drug addiction through the world of Vermont Pediatrician Fred Holmes who works with patients struggling with this disease."

Feb 26, 2017

Murray Carpenter, author of “Caffeinated: How our Daily Habit Helps, Hurts, and Hooks Us” reveals the little-known truth about this addictive, largely unregulated drug found in coffee, energy drinks, teas, colas, chocolate, and even pain relievers. Psychiatrist Dr. Himal Mitra joins us as well to explain the effect of other kinds of stimulants (including ADHD medication), on the body.

Feb 26, 2017

​What exactly is trauma, and how does it impact the brain? What the signs and symptoms of trauma? And, how it can be treated? Our guests are Megan Ross, the Director of Program Development and Trauma Awareness at Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center, and Gayle Jaffe from the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center.  ​​

Feb 26, 2017

Want to know how to talk to your teen about drugs?  Dr. Sharon Levy, Director of Adolescent Substance Abuse Program at Boston Children’s Hospital, joins us to talk about how, when, and why we need to talk to our teens about drugs and alcohol.

Feb 22, 2017

What makes someone with 10 years of sobriety suddenly reach for a drink?  Is relapse a failure of will power or part of the recovery process? Dr. George Vaillant, Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and Peter C. Johnston, Alcohol and Drug Counselor and Relapse Prevention Specialist, walk us through what happens during a relapse.

Feb 22, 2017

After the birth of her son, Jowita Bydlowska found herself celebrating with a glass of champagne.  Just like that, her three years of sobriety were a distant memory and she began the rapid slide back to full-blown alcoholism. Jowita joins us to talk about her book DRUNK MOM, the brutally honest story of her fight to stop drinking while facing the daunting reality of becoming a mom.  

Feb 22, 2017

How is addiction and recovery shaping American Indian communities today? David A. Patterson, Silver Wolf, Asst. Prof. at Washington University, Lacina Onco of Native American Lifelines Boston and a member of the Shinnecock Indian Nation, and Janelle Pocowatchit of Native American Lifelines Boston and member of Mik’Maw First Nations and Comanche Nation of Oklahoma join us.

Feb 22, 2017

Substance abuse among Veterans is a growing problem in our country, but help is available.  Dave Dyer, Army veteran and of the SHARP Team of the Dept. of Veteran's Services, Matthew McKenna, Dept. of Veterans' Services, and Justin Enggasser, Ph.D., Section Chief for Substance Abuse Treatment Services at VA Boston Healthcare System join us.

Feb 17, 2017

The LGBTQ community is struggling with equality in more ways than one. Did you know that substance abuse occurs at a higher rate among gay and transgender people than in the general population? We're talking about addiction, recovery, and treatment in LGBTQ community, with guest Frank Busconi, MPH LISCW of Fenway Health, Boston.  

Feb 17, 2017

Got anxiety?  Daniel Smith, author of MONKEY MIND: A MEMOIR OF ANXIETY, and Dr. Luana Marques, Associate Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School and the Center For Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Disorders at the Massachusetts General Hospital, join us to talk about anxiety's affect on the body and mind, and the dangers of self-medicating.

Feb 15, 2017

Addiction is a family disorder. We'll talk about strategies families can use to cope with a loved one in active addiction, and how they can heal throughout the recovery process.  Diana Clark, a specialist in addiction and family systems and the author of “Addiction Recovery: A Family's Journey” joins us, along with Ann and Jim, parents of a child in recovery, who share their story addiction in their family.  

Feb 15, 2017

Addiction experts are preparing for a "tidal wave" of baby boomers who will need help fighting addiction. Guest Dr. Barbara Krantz, Medical Director of the Hanley Center, joins us to talk about the addiction issues facing boomers today, and the treatment programs being created specifically for them. 

Feb 15, 2017

Ann Dowsett Johnston, author of "Drink: The Intimate Relationship Between Women and Alcohol", delivers a groundbreaking examination of a shocking yet little recognized epidemic threatening society today, what pre-eminent researcher Sharon Wilsnack believes is a "global epidemic" in women's drinking.

Feb 15, 2017

Matthew Quick is the bestselling author of SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK. He joins us to talk about his latest book EVERY EXQUISITE THING, a story about "an unassuming teen who has played the role of dutiful daughter, hardworking student, and star athlete for as long as she can remember. But when a beloved teacher gives her his worn copy of a mysterious, out-of-print cult novel --the rebel within her awakens." In this candid interview, author Matthew Quick shares his experience of "white knuckling it" though his own teen and early adulthood years, and his journey to become someone who didn't need to "fake it" anymore.

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