Suriving Opioids - Beyond an Epidemic is a show about life beyond opioid addiction. You'll hear from guests who have lived through, researched, experienced, or been working along side folks at the ground level. These lived experiences are raw, honest, and you're going to get incredible perspectives and conversations from a diverse group of people. This show is for anyone interested in opioid addiction and interested to hear that although we have lost hundreds of thousands of people this past decade, we also do recover. Jeff Simone is a Doctor of Pharmacy, Certified Professional Recovery Coach (CPRC), Advanced Dietary Supplements Adviser and person in long-term recovery from opioid addiction. Dr. Simone works one on one as a behavior modification coach with Reaction Recovery and hosts group coaching sessions with the Reframe Thrive community. His focus is on identifying behavioral changes and lifestyle adjustments that integrate safely and appropriately with any current pharmaceutical or nutritional approach to treatment. He believes that recovery happens in the trenches of every day life. Inch by inch, day by day, and with a little accountability and encouragement, we do recover!
Treating OUD During Pregnancy
There’s stigma around people with addictions, there’s more stigma around women with addictions, and there’s maybe none more stigmatized than pregnant women with addictions.
Today’s episode is all about pregnant women with opioid use disorders and some of the considerations for that particular group.
One thing that is a huge liability for an addicted mom raising a child is the nonstop gossip and judgement that they have to deal with it. Culturally no one is as judged as an an addicted mother of a young child. Addicted pregnant women absorb that shame and stigma, both of which are major deterrents to getting good treatment and seeking help so it’s in no way helpful for anyone.
This episode answers some of the basic myths and misinformation around what the research shows is the best for this population. Because with support, encouragement and reassurance, along with good medical care, the woman can have a comfortable, healthy pregnancy, deliver a healthy baby and be a wonderful new mom.
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Words Matter : Reviewing the NIDA's new recommendations on language for SUD's.
There’s no question about that – they’re a big driving force of stigma, and it’s always a heated debate when it comes to semantics with these touchy areas.
One of the many challenges is that while the healthcare guidelines move away from words like 'addict,' many popular 12-step fellowships have fully embedded that word into their culture, and a lot people choose to use it as a point of personal pride.
But despite of this, in recent years the culture has been shifting heavily against the use of that word. For example, most dictionaries have replaced all instances of addict used as a noun with “a person addicted to” or a “habitual user of.”
But why would a dictionary change a word that’s been around for centuries? The way we use language evolves—and so do dictionaries. And when it comes to words around addiction, there’s been a lot of evolution in recent years.
Episode 19 discusses the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA)'s recent updated guidelines on the language they recommend using and avoiding when talking about substance use disorders.
In this show I'll provide a review of the recommendations, personal perspectives on the topic of language, and of course some relatively unrelated tangents and personal stories that you've come to expect from these episodes :-)
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John & Jude Trang: Insights from Parents Who Lost a Child to Overdose
Interview episode #7 is with John and Jude Trang - parents who lost their youngest child, John Leif, to a heroin overdose in 2014 at age 25.
Today John is an independent pharmaceutical researcher and consultant and Jude is a full-time advocate for addiction recovery treatment and author of Opiate Nation : A Memoir of Love, Loss & Acceptance.
This was an incredibly powerful episode and a must-watch for anyone who has lost a loved one to addiction or is currently struggling to know how best to address a loved ones active addiction.
John and Jude describe the early days of John Leif's addiction, they offer insight and guidance for parents who are just becoming aware of a child's addiction, their perspective on the opioid crisis and prevention strategies that we should be pursuing.
Other topics include:
- Impact of Trauma on Addiction
- Genetic Predisposition
- Brain Development in Early Years
- Family Histories of Addiction
- Advice to Parents
- Insights into Why Overdoses Continue to Rise
- Thoughts on Harm-Reduction / MAT Strategies
- Preventative Measure that Can Help
- Addiction Stigma
- Grief Processing
- What People Can Do to Help
You can read more of Jude's writing at OpiateNation.com and follow her on Instagram @judedimegliotrang.
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Surviving Opioids Podcast: Show Overview
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Pay to Play? California Discusses Paying People to Stay Sober
A story came out last week about California trying to become the first state to incentivize people financially to stay sober.
Most people who complete the treatment without any positive urine tests during a set period of time will get a few hundred dollars put on a gift card. The governor calls it “contingency management,” and he wants it to be paid through Medicaid.
The bill already made it through the democratic-lead senate without opposition, and now it’s pending in the assembly.
All told the public cost would depend on the number of people participating, but it’ll be less than 1 million dollars which isn’t much compared to their 250 billion budget.
Since Medicaid would be the organization likely paying for it, what they’re debating in California is whether state law allows something like this to be paid for, and then even if the state itself can change the law, they’ll have to figure out whether or not it violates federal law.
In this episode, I go over some of the details of the bill, give my own perspective on the discussion, and share a few personal stories.
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Introduction to Amino Acid Supplementation for Opioid Addiction
Folks in early recovery don’t necessarily lack the discipline to make and stick to changes, but they usually lack the guidance and direction, and it's hard today with so much information available, all of which will at some point contradict something else you’ve heard.
One of my favorite topics to discuss involves nutritional deficiencies and supplementation, which is the topic for episode 16.
General disclaimer : any time we're talking about supplements, you don’t want to be starting or stopping anything without being in contact with someone qualified who knows your personal history.
Nutrition is a nuanced topic - there’s no one size fits all, but there are enough basic patterns that come up to speak broadly on the topic then you can tailor fit that to your own case.
Disclaimer #2 : There are certain psychiatric conditions like bipolar disorder that are extremely sensitive to any changes in lifestyle or nutrition, and it’s hard enough getting someone stabilized on psychotropic medications that I’m always very careful to remind someone with this diagnosis not to run out and haphazardly start taking something that you hear me or anyone else talking about.
So that being said - this episode is introducing you to the topic of amino acid (and other dietary) supplementation as it can be applied to recovery from opioid dependency.
When you discontinue the use of opiates, the abnormal biochemical balances that you had been getting artificially once again become unbalanced.
So the nutritional targeting that we're talking about here is attempting to quickly give the brain those necessary building blocks to start producing your own neuro transmitters at a normal level.
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Everybody in recovery from opioids must listen to this
Such a great podcast, covers topics we all discuss or want to discuss with others. Can’t wait to see what’s next!