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Rehab Confidential

Clinical social worker, interventionist and original founder of the theFix.com, Joe Schrank teams up with columnist and best selling author of the memoir, “My Fair Junkie” Amy Dresner to bring you a unique and irreverent view on the world of addiction, recovery and rehab.

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Sean Paul Mahoney, program manager for the Mental Health and Addiction Association of Oregon
Joe and Amy welcome back Sean Paul Mahoney, writer, recovery advocate and program manager for the Mental Health and Addiction Association of Oregon to talk about people addicted to fentanyl, why methadone is a better alternative than Suboxone for fentanyl users, relapses and death among recovery workers and the overlooked rise in alcohol deaths.
64:13 02/15/2022
Jeff Gauthier of the Milwaukee Fire Department and MORI, the Milwaukee Overdose Response Initiative
Joe and Amy chat with  Lt. Jeff Gauthier of the Milwaukee Fire Department, sober for 28 years. He talks to us about the mental health crisis and substance abuse among firefighters as well as his work in the Peer Support Team, breaking the stigma and shame and getting them the help they need. We also discuss his work with MORI, the Milwaukee Overdose Response Initiative and the frustrating cycle he sees but also the unique position he’s in as a person in recovery to elicit empathy in his fellow firefighters and connect with the people he goes to revive. Visit our sponsor for 20% off Clean Cause 
61:55 02/08/2022
Kevin F. founder of “Psychedelics in Recovery” a12 step fellowship group utilizing psychedelics as a recovery integration tool.
Joe and Amy talk with Kevin F., who got clean from heroin 11 years ago by taking ibogaine. After a few years in traditional 12 step groups, feeling alienated by his ibogaine experience and continued interest in psychedelics, he formed “Psychedelics in Recovery”, a growing 12 step fellowship composed of people utilizing psychedelics as a recovery integration tool.  We ask him if psychedelics and 12 step really can co-exist, what his group considers “sobriety” and why people gloss over Bill Wilson’s own use of psychedelics. Visit our sponsor for 20% off Clean Cause 
72:22 02/01/2022
Patrick Reilly, Clinic Manager of a Medication Assisted Opioid Treatment Program in Milwaukee Wisconsin
Joe and Amy sit down with Patrick Reilly, currently the Clinic Manager of a Medication Assisted Opioid Treatment Program in Milwaukee Wisconsin and one of the cohosts of the “Don’t Die Wisconsin” podcast.  We talk about his transition from working in residential treatment to  harm reduction,  why he feels it’s so important for abstinent people to support all pathways to recovery and specifically his appearance at the Senate Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety to legalize fentanyl testing strips. Visit our sponsor for 20% off Clean Cause 
77:27 01/25/2022
Dr. Susan Pierce Thompson, Adjunct Associate Professor of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at the University of Rochester
Joe and Amy sit down with Dr. Susan Pierce Thompson, Adjunct Associate Professor of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at the University of Rochester, a multiple New York Times bestselling author, and an expert in the psychology of eating. We talk food addiction, why it can be harder to beat than drugs or alcohol, what sugar does to the brain, and how to rewire your brain. Visit our sponsor for 20% off Clean Cause
76:15 01/18/2022
Carl Erik Fisher, addiction physician, bioethicist and assistant professor of clinical psychiatry at Columbia University
Joe and Amy interview Carl Erik Fisher, addiction physician, bioethicist and assistant professor of clinical psychiatry at Columbia University. We talk about his own addiction journey during med school and his new book “The Urge:  Our History of Addiction”.
83:59 01/11/2022
Joanna Conti, a serial entrepreneur
Joe and Amy sit down with Joanna Conti, a serial entrepreneur. After becoming frustrated with the lack of success rate data available as her daughter cycled in and out treatment programs, she started a research firm to independently collect data in order to answer the critical question “what are the outcomes of rehab?”
74:12 01/04/2022
Dr. Peter Grinspoon, Author, Physician and cannabis specialist at Massachusetts General Hospital
Joe and Amy sit down with Dr. Peter Grinspoon, primary care physician, cannabis specialist at Massachusetts General Hospital and  an Instructor at Harvard Medical School. He is also the author of the  memoir ‘Free Refills: A Doctor Confronts His Addiction’.  We discuss his own addiction, cannabis, his take on 12 step and why there aren’t earlier interventions and less punitive routes for doctors facing SUD.
63:52 12/28/2021
Duff McDonald, Journalist and Author of “Tickled: A Common Sense Guide to the Present Moment”
Joe and Amy welcome back journalist and writer Duff McDonald to talk about his new book “Tickled: A Common Sense Guide to the Present Moment”, a radical departure from his 5 previous books. Duff describes his wild epiphany during the pandemic which taught him to live in the present moment.  We talk sobriety, why it’s so difficult to tolerate uncertainty, and his practical way of living in the now.
75:11 12/21/2021
Dr. Joseph Yi, Addiction Psychiatrist
Joe and Amy sit down with Dr. Joseph Yi, a Board Certified Addiction Psychiatrist who specializes in Holistic Psychiatry and Detoxification.  He gives us the low down on the “4 pillars of wellness”, the role of nutrition in mental health and recovery, the rise of technology addiction and his personal take on psychedelics and cannabis. 
70:38 12/14/2021
Matt Escobas, Director of Special Initiatives at Fors Marsh group
Joe and Amy talk to Matt Escobas, the Director of Special Initiatives at Fors Marsh group (FMG) a research firm developing shame and stigma-free mental health and SUD programs for their employees. Matt explains how it all works, the personal reasons that led him to develop it and what a B Corp is.
63:45 12/07/2021
Neil Woods,former UK undercover police officer
Joe and Amy sit down with former undercover police officer Neil Woods from the UK. He discusses the prevalence of PTSD and suicide among cops and explains what UK harm reduction looks like. As part of the global Law Enforcement Action Partnership, (LEAP) he speaks around the world to politicians, policy makers and the general public to tell the dark truths about the War on Drugs.
68:00 11/30/2021
Marybeth Redmond, Vermont State Representative and Author of “Hear me, See me”.
Joe and Amy talk to Vermont State Representative, Marybeth Redmond about her career in journalism, teaching, and now politics. Redmond discusses her writing program with incarcerated women, including the book of their work entitled “Hear me, See me”. She explains how much trauma informed women ending in prison.
71:18 11/23/2021
Simon Kirke, drummer for Free, Bad Company and recovery advocate
Joe and Amy welcome rock and roll legend, Simon Kirke. Simon talks about his history in the business, being the drummer for Free and Bad Company and relays stories on some of the biggest names in rock. We also talk about his recovery advocacy work with Road Recovery.
64:22 11/16/2021
Damon West, best-selling author of "The Coffee Bean", college professor and nationally known keynote speaker
Joe and Amy sit down with Damon West, a college professor with a M.S. in criminal justice as well as a nationally known keynote speaker and best-selling author. Damon spent 7 years in a maximum security prison after getting hooked on meth, following a career ending injury when he was Division 1 starting quarterback at the University of Texas.. They discuss about his story, his recovery, the coffee bean analogy and his incredible work in prison reform and re-entry including his program to help men of color become elementary school teachers.
66:46 11/09/2021
Dr Anna Lembke, professor of psychiatry at Stanford University of Medicine
Joe and Amy sit down with Dr. Anna Lembke, professor of psychiatry at Stanford University of Medicine and chief of the Addiction Medicine Dual Diagnosis Clinic.  They discuss her new book “Dopamine Nation: Finding Balance in the Age of Indulgence”, delving into the pain pleasure trap, the importance of radical honesty in recovery, a scarcity vs plenty mindset and disclosure porn.
73:03 11/02/2021
Dr. Jeeshan Chowdhury, psychedelic-assisted therapy expert
Joe and Amy sit down with Dr. Jeeshan Chowdhury, an MD/PhD who studied at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar.  He is a seasoned entrepreneur who is trained in psychedelic-assisted therapy through CIIS and is now bringing his expertise to Journey Colab as Founder and CEO.   We talk about his own personal journey that brought him to psychedelics, his work with FDA and how we overcome the stigma and propaganda of the war on drugs.
74:34 10/26/2021
Dr. Houman Farzin, psychedelic assisted therapy expert
Joe and Amy sit down with Dr. Houman Farzin to talk about his work with indigenous people struggling with trauma and addiction. Dr. Farzin is an expert in all psychedelic assisted therapy including ketamine, psilocybin and MDMA. They discuss addiction, PTSD, depression and how psychedelic therapy can be helpful with many types of mental health disorders as well as its pending commercialization.
67:24 10/19/2021
TJ Woodward, bestselling author of "Conscious Creation: 5 Steps to Embracing the Life of Your Dreams"
Joe and Amy sit down with TJ Woodward, revolutionary recovery expert, bestselling author, inspirational speaker, and addiction treatment specialist. He has created a new treatment modality called Conscious Recovery which focuses on the underlying root causes that drive destructive patterns, while providing clear steps for letting go of core false beliefs that lead to addictive tendencies.
72:09 10/12/2021
Zack Gray, Co-Founder and CEO of Ophelia
Joe and Amy sit down with Zack Gray, Co-Founder and CEO of Ophelia, a telemedicine company providing treatment for opioid dependence. He started Ophelia after losing a loved one to an overdose. We talk about the stigma of MAT in the recovery community, the difference between Suboxone and Subutex, and why so many doctors can’t legally prescribe Suboxone.
68:45 10/05/2021
Ester Nicholson, speaker, counselor and author
Joe and Amy sit down with speaker, counselor and author Ester Nicholson. Ester believes that racism is actually an addiction and an identity crisis and once indoctrinated on a generational, ancestral, familial, environment level, it takes more than education to recover. We talk about her book and program Soul Recovery which aims to heal these patterns on a spiritual and emotional level.
70:33 09/28/2021
Erin Khar, author of the new addiction memoir “Strung Out”
Joe and Amy sit down with Erin Khar, journalist, speaker and author of the new addiction memoir “Strung Out”. Erin talks about what medical professionals can do to lessen stigma, the importance of speaking about relapse and how to talk to your kids about drug use.
71:35 09/21/2021
Dr. Joseph R Volpicelli MD, Ph.D, world renowned doctor, scientist and clinician
Joe and Amy sit down with world renowned scientist and clinician Dr. Joseph R Volpicelli whose research led to the discovery of naltrexone to treat alcohol addiction by reducing cravings and relapse. Dr. Volpicelli explains the difference between his approach and the Sinclair method, why treatment centers aren’t using this effective FDA-approved medication and the neurochemical difference between normal drinkers and binge drinkers or people who abuse alcohol.
76:16 09/14/2021
Nathaniel Hodder-Shipp, President/Founder of Breathwork For Recovery
Joe and Amy sit down with healer and President/Founder of Breathwork For Recovery, Nathaniel Hodder-Shipp. He explains what breathwork is and how it can help in the treatment of addiction and trauma. He discusses the dangers of doing breathwork with practitioners who don’t have sufficient or proper training, the need for accreditation in the field, and his experience leading breathwork groups in treatment centers.
67:22 09/07/2021
Wendy Adamson, author and clinical marketing manager of Polaris Teen Center
Amy and Joe chat it up with author and clinical marketing manager of Polaris Teen Center,  Wendy Adamson about her new memoir “Incorrigible”, which recounts her life in the juvenile justice system. Wendy talks about her work with her son’s non profit “Hav a Sole” that provides thousands of sneakers to at-risk youth. She also discusses how kids with mental health issues get lost in the system and the impact of intergenerational trauma.
60:46 08/31/2021
Mark Redmond, author and child welfare advocate
Joe and Amy sit down with author and child welfare advocate, Mark Redmond. Mark shares stories from his career taking care of homeless youth. They discuss the state of recovery among one of our most vulnerable populations, the trauma of doing the work, and how we can all help to do better
63:59 08/24/2021
Daniel Kolitz, journalist
Joe and Amy sit down with journalist Daniel Kolitz to talk about the recovery cult “Enthusiastic Sobriety”, the subject of his latest piece “The Love Bomb” for Atavist Magazine. He tells us about the recovery cult started by Bob Meehan over 50 years ago, what drew him to the story and how this group is destroying lives. 
62:49 08/17/2021
Dr. David Rabin, board-certified psychiatrist and neuroscientist
Joe and Amy chat with board-certified psychiatrist and neuroscientist Dr. David Rabin. Dr. Rabin is piloting innovative treatment in addiction and mental health using ketamine therapy and wearable technology that helps manage stress and anxiety. We speak with Dr. Rabin on what he believes is the root cause of addiction, how to revise outdated mental tapes and the biggest flaws in current addiction treatment.
63:51 08/10/2021
Sheila Vakharia,Deputy Director of the Department of Research and Academic Engagement of the Drug Policy Alliance
Joe and Amy sit down with Sheila Vakharia, Deputy Director of the Department of Research and Academic Engagement of the Drug Policy Alliance.  We discuss the misunderstandings about harm reduction, whether cannabis causes violence and mental illness, why booze is overlooked as a toxic drug and the efficacy of the treatment industry.
63:43 08/03/2021
Brian Merlen, activist who ran for congress in Connecticut
Joe and Amy sit down with Brian Merlen who ran for congress in Connecticut’s 4th district (Purdue Pharma’s home district). He spills the tea on the corruption of that race, including demands to drop out  by Dita Bhargava of Shatterproof and Fernando Alvarez of the Opioid Spoon Movement so as not to shame Congressman Jim Himes in his re-election by shining a light on his inaction on opioids.  The case is being formally investigated by the CT state elections enforcement commission.
62:47 07/27/2021