Through the Trees is brought to you by CeDAR – Center for Dependency, Addiction and Rehabilitation. Dr. Patrick Fehling explores the world of addiction treatment and everything that comes with it. Hear from the variety of professionals involved with treating substance use and co-occurring mental health disorders.
Cultivating a Recovery Community
Over the past two years, CeDAR has been able to build a vibrant alumni community spearheaded by our Alumni Coordinator, Meghan White. On this episode of Through the Trees, we sit down with Meghan to learn about the process of growing a recovery community. We are also joined by an alumni who has maintained an active presence in this community, Lisa Peretti. We explore what makes this program flourish, now with a membership of over 1,700 individuals.
At CeDAR, we focus on helping people reach a life of sobriety and recovery. This path also includes an emphasis on a positive lifestyle. What options are available to help someone both preserve their recovery while enjoying life? On this episode of Through the Trees, we sit down with CeDAR’s Jay Voigt and the founder of Sober AF Entertainment, Duke Rumley. We talk about organizations that provide safe spaces in recovery, including through such venues as sports and music. A culture of excitement and activity can be blended well with a life of addiction recovery.
Many Unseen Factors
Human trafficking is one of the most toxic violations of a person, taking away elements of a person’s core dignity. This problem is also connected to topics including drug abuse and post-traumatic stress disorder. On this episode of Through the Trees, we sit down with Caroline McKinnon, Executive Director of Street’s Hope, a Denver organization committed to providing services for human trafficking victims and empowering our community to effectively address this problem. Special thanks also to the University of Denver Human Trafficking Center for providing research and advocacy.
The Science of Bipolar
Bipolar disorder is often the most hurtful and disabling condition for someone’s life. Characterized by episodes of depression and mania, often pressing someone’s life, career, and family to the brink. Bipolar is highly complicated and warrants expert management approaches. On this episode of Through the Trees, we sit down with one of those experts, Dr. Chris Schneck of the University of Colorado Department of Psychiatry and the Helen & Arthur E. Johnson Depression Center. We talk about bipolar history, treatment approaches, genetics and cutting-edge research.
One of the most devastating consequences of alcoholism is the development of liver disease. For some of these individuals, they require a transplant to survive. On this episode of Through the Trees, we sit down with the University of Colorado Liver Transplant Team, specifically Dr. Whitney Jackson and Dr. Steven Huett. As Colorado is one of the premier national locations for transplant medicine, this podcast will shed light on some of the complex variables involved in receiving a new liver ranging from scientific factors to bioethics.
Trust but Verify
“Trust but verify” - A quote made famous by President Ronald Regan in 1987 connected to diplomacy in the U.S. and Russia at the time. For addiction treatment, we also verify our trust using drug and alcohol testing. On this episode of Through the Trees, we sit down with Kerry Schwarz clinical pharmacist at the University of Colorado and CeDAR. She’s going to help us better understand this unique world of drug and alcohol testing.