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Beyond Theory returns for its third season to dive even deeper into the historic breakthroughs shaping our understanding of mental health, trauma, and addiction and the extraordinary stories of the people leading the way.

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Beyond Theory returns for its third season to dive even deeper into the historic breakthroughs shaping our understanding of mental health, trauma, and addiction and the extraordinary stories of the people leading the way.

    Maddie Corman on Being Accidentally Brave

    Maddie Corman on Being Accidentally Brave

    In this special episode of Beyond Theory, host Dominic Lawson sits down with Maddie Corman, creator of the film "Accidentally Brave," to discuss her harrowing experience as the partner of a sex addict. Maddie vulnerably shares her story of the day her world shattered when her husband was arrested for possession of child pornography. She details the trauma, shame, and confusion she and her children faced in the aftermath, and the long journey of recovery and healing her whole family has undertaken.
     
    Maddie emphasizes the importance of partners of sex addicts having their voices heard and receiving support, as they are often overlooked compared to the addicts themselves. She credits Family Week at The Meadows as a pivotal turning point in gaining understanding of addiction, feeling less alone, and seeing hope for her husband's recovery. 
     
    Maddie discusses her decision to stay with her husband and keep the family intact, while acknowledging the ongoing struggles with triggers and trauma even years later. She channels her experience into art as an act of service, creating the film "Accidentally Brave" to educate others, combat shame, and let partners know they are not alone.
     
    Key Takeaways:
     
    1. Partners of sex addicts face immense trauma and need support.
     
    2. Family Week at The Meadows can be pivotal for partners gaining understanding, connection, and hope.
     
    3. Healing from betrayal trauma is a non-linear but possible journey for individuals and families.
     
    4. Choosing to stay with a sex addict in recovery is a courageous but difficult path with ongoing struggles.
     
    5. Sharing personal stories of addiction and recovery through art and media can combat shame, educate others, and provide hope.
     
    6. Child pornography addiction devastates families and necessitates professional help.
     
    7. Partners of addicts often feel overlooked and need a platform to express their experiences.
     
     
    This special Beyond Theory episode is a must-listen for anyone in the behavioral health field looking to better understand partner trauma in sex addiction. It showcases the non-linear but possible path to healing for individuals and families, and the power of bravely sharing our
    stories to help others. Maddie's authentic voice and resilient spirit are sure to resonate with and inspire countless partners on their own recovery journeys.
     
     

    • 1 hr 8 min
    S6 E13: Dr. Kevin McCauley on Unraveling the Neuroscience of Addiction

    S6 E13: Dr. Kevin McCauley on Unraveling the Neuroscience of Addiction

    In the season finale of Beyond Theory, host Dominic Lawson engages in a thought-provoking discussion with Dr. Kevin McCauley, a senior fellow at Meadows Behavioral Healthcare, about the latest findings in the neuroscience of addiction. The conversation delves into the complex interplay between brain chemistry, substance abuse, and the journey to recovery.
     
    Dr. McCauley shares his insights on how addiction hijacks the brain's reward system, particularly the dopamine pathways responsible for assessing value and survival importance. He explains that in addiction, this system becomes dysregulated, leading to persistent substance use despite negative consequences. The discussion also touches on the role of cravings, which involve a strong emotional longing to use the substance again, likely mediated by brain regions such as the insula.
     
    The episode also explores the unique challenges posed by fentanyl, a highly potent and deadly opioid that rapidly penetrates the brain and fat tissues, leading to repeated use and dangerous accumulation in the body. Dr. McCauley and Dominic Lawson also discuss the differences between various cannabinoids, such as CBD and delta-8-THC, and their potential risks and benefits, emphasizing the need for further research.
     
    The conversation touches on the promise of new medications like Ozempic, a GLP-1 receptor agonist, in addressing unhealthy relationships with food and aiding in weight loss when combined with lifestyle changes. However, Dr. McCauley also acknowledges the potential side effects of such medications.
     
    Throughout the discussion, Dr. McCauley advocates for a compassionate and individualized approach to addiction treatment and recovery. While he personally subscribes to the brain disease model of addiction, he recognizes that there are multiple perspectives and pathways to recovery, and the most important thing is to help each individual find what works best for them.
     
    Key Takeaways:
     
    1. Addiction and the Brain's Reward System:
    Addiction involves a dysregulation of the brain's reward system, particularly the dopamine pathways responsible for assessing value and survival importance. Persistent substance use despite negative consequences is a hallmark of addiction.
      
    2. The Role of Cravings in Addiction:
    Cravings are characterized by a strong emotional longing to use a substance and are a key component of addiction. Brain regions such as the insula, which connects thinking with bodily sensations, are likely involved in the experience of cravings.
      
    3. The Dangers of Fentanyl:
    Fentanyl is a highly potent and deadly opioid that rapidly penetrates the brain and fat tissues. Its rapid effects and accumulation in the body can lead to repeated use and dangerous consequences.
      
    4. Cannabinoids and Their Effects:
    Different cannabinoids, such as CBD and delta-8-THC, have varying effects and addiction potential compared to delta-9-THC (the main psychoactive component of marijuana). More research is needed to understand the benefits and risks of these cannabinoids.
      
    5. Medications in Addiction Treatment:
    New medications like Ozempic, a GLP-1 receptor agonist, show promise in addressing unhealthy relationships with food and aiding in weight loss when combined with lifestyle changes. However, these medications can also have side effects that need to be considered.
      
     
    6. Multiple Pathways to Recovery:
    While the brain disease model of addiction is supported by research, there are multiple perspectives and pathways to recovery. The most important thing is to help each individual find what works best for them in their journey to overcome addiction.
      
    This episode offers valuable insights for behavioral health professionals, individuals struggling with substance abuse, and those seeking a deeper understanding of the neuroscience behind addiction. By exploring the latest research and treatment options, Dr. McCauley a

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    S6 E12: Dr. Claudia Black on Navigating the Complexity of Trauma

    S6 E12: Dr. Claudia Black on Navigating the Complexity of Trauma

    In this episode of Beyond Theory Powered by Meadows Behavioral Healthcare, host Dominic Lawson engages in a compelling conversation with Dr. Claudia Black, a renowned expert in the field of addiction and trauma. The discussion delves into the far-reaching impact of addiction and trauma on families and individuals, offering valuable insights for those seeking to understand and heal from these experiences.
     
    Dr. Black emphasizes the importance of addressing the effects of addiction and trauma on the entire family system, rather than focusing solely on the individual. She explains how growing up in a family with substance abuse disorders can lead to chronic emotional dysregulation, behavioral problems, and difficulties in intimate relationships and work environments later in life. These impacts may not fully manifest until adulthood, as people learn to compartmentalize and mask their underlying trauma responses.
     
    The conversation explores the concept of resilience in the face of trauma, with Dr. Black noting that while trauma history influences individuals, it does not necessarily dictate a life of misery. Factors such as additional trauma, age of onset, and external support can impact one's resilience. She stresses the importance of exploring trauma history not to blame others, but to undo denial and address how it affects one's life today, ultimately learning new skills and beliefs to facilitate healing.
     
    Dr. Black also shares her gift for storytelling, which she uses to illustrate complex psychological concepts through relatable human experiences. This approach makes her insights accessible to both lay people and professionals in the behavioral health field. She discusses her upcoming book, Undaunted Hope, which features diverse personal stories that showcase the courage and resilience of the recovery process, offering a message of hope to those struggling with addiction and trauma.
     
    Key Takeaways:
     
    1. Addiction and Trauma Impact the Entire Family System
    Dr. Claudia Black emphasizes the importance of addressing how addiction and trauma affect not just the individual, but the entire family system. Family members can experience chronic emotional dysregulation, behavioral problems, and difficulties in relationships as a result of growing up in a family with substance abuse disorders.
     
    2. The Long-Term Effects of Childhood Trauma in Adult Lives
    The impact of childhood trauma on adult lives may not fully manifest until an individual's 20s-50s. Adults who have experienced trauma may struggle with intimacy, relationships, and work environments, often learning to compartmentalize and mask their underlying trauma responses.
     
    3. Resilience and Recovery in the Face of Trauma
    While trauma history influences individuals, it does not necessarily dictate a life of misery. Resilience depends on factors such as additional trauma, age of onset, and external support. Exploring trauma history is not about blaming others, but about undoing denial and addressing how it impacts one's life today.
     
     
    4. The Power of Storytelling in Healing from Addiction and Trauma
    Dr. Black uses storytelling to illustrate complex psychological concepts through relatable human experiences, making insights accessible to both lay people and professionals. Her upcoming book, Undaunted Hope, features diverse personal stories that showcase the courage and resilience of the recovery process.
     
    5. The Importance of Acknowledging and Sharing Personal Stories
    Dr. Black underscores the importance of acknowledging that every individual's story deserves to be heard and that there are people available to listen and provide support. Sharing these stories can benefit both those seeking help and the clinicians working to support them in their recovery journey.
     
    Throughout the episode, Dr. Black underscores the importance of acknowledging that every individual's story deserves to be heard and that there are peo

    • 24 min
    S6 E11 Dr. Dr. Tian Dayton on Healing Trauma and Addiction with Sociometrics and Psychodrama

    S6 E11 Dr. Dr. Tian Dayton on Healing Trauma and Addiction with Sociometrics and Psychodrama

    In this episode of "Beyond Theory," Dominic Lawson interviews Dr. Tian Dayton, a senior fellow at Meadows Behavioral Healthcare, about the therapeutic methods of sociometrics and psychodrama in treating trauma and addiction. Dr. Dayton emphasizes the significance of embodied therapy, as feelings are experienced within the body. She developed "floor checks" as a psychoeducational exercise to teach group dynamics and interpersonal skills undermined by trauma.
     
    Floor checks enable participants to tolerate challenging emotions, articulate them, share with others, and listen without negative reactions. This process helps rebuild skills impaired by trauma. Psychodrama, pioneered by J.L. Moreno, is the first embodied therapy method, involving role-playing and techniques such as doubling (expressing the protagonist's inner thoughts) and role reversal (embodying another person's role in the dynamic).
     
    Role reversal allows clients to comprehend the other person's viewpoint and detach from the belief that the dynamic is personal, leading to wholeness and the understanding that healing originates from within. Dr. Dayton trains therapists to trust the therapeutic process and not force catharsis in every session. The therapist's role is to serve the client's needs and help them access their "autonomous healing center."
     
    Witnessing clients' breakthroughs and self-discovery is a life-affirming experience for Dr. Dayton, motivating her to continue this work. In the future, she plans to expand the training of RTR Sociometrics through her team of therapists, making it more accessible and practical for the current generation of mental health professionals.
     
    Key takeaways:
     
    1. Embodied therapy methods, such as sociometrics and psychodrama, play a crucial role in treating trauma and addiction by engaging the body in the healing process.
     
    2. Floor checks, developed by Dr. Ion Dayton, serve as a psychoeducational exercise to teach group dynamics and interpersonal skills impaired by trauma, allowing participants to tolerate and express difficult emotions.
     
    3. Psychodrama, the first embodied therapy method, utilizes role-playing techniques like doubling (voicing the protagonist's inner thoughts) and role reversal (taking on another person's role) to facilitate healing and understanding.
     
    4. Role reversal in psychodrama helps clients gain insight into others' perspectives, detach from personal blame, and recognize that healing comes from accessing their inner "autonomous healing center."
     
    5. Therapists should trust the therapeutic process, avoid forcing catharsis in every session, and focus on serving the client's needs to help them access their innate healing potential.
     
    6. Witnessing clients' breakthroughs and self-discovery during trauma and addiction treatment is a life-affirming experience for therapists and motivates them to continue their work.
     
    7. The future of behavioral health treatment lies in expanding the training of innovative approaches like RTR Sociometrics, making them more accessible and practical for mental health professionals.
     
    8. Maintaining faith, persevering through challenges, and making positive contributions to the world are essential messages for those seeking recovery from trauma and addiction.
     
    The interview concludes with Dr. Dayton inspiring listeners to maintain faith, persist through challenges, and contribute positively to the world. This episode offers valuable insights into innovative approaches to behavioral health, focusing on embodied therapy methods like sociometrics and psychodrama in treating trauma and addiction. Mental health professionals and those seeking recovery can learn about the power of role-playing, trusting the therapeutic process, and accessing the autonomous healing center within.
     

    • 23 min
    S6 E10: Dr. Stefanie Carnes on Compulsive and Addictive Sexual Behavior

    S6 E10: Dr. Stefanie Carnes on Compulsive and Addictive Sexual Behavior

    In this episode of Beyond Theory, Dr. Stephanie Carnes, a leading expert in the field of sexual health and addiction and Senior Fellow at The Meadows, discusses the recently recognized diagnosis of Compulsive Sexual Behavior Disorder (CSBD) and the often-overlooked issue of sexual anorexia. The conversation sheds light on the importance of distinguishing between healthy sexual behaviors and problematic compulsivity, as well as the role of complex trauma in the development of these conditions.
     
    Dr. Carnes explains that the World Health Organization's decision to include CSBD in the ICD-11 is a significant step towards legitimizing sex addiction and compulsivity as a genuine disorder. She emphasizes the need for clear diagnostic criteria to help therapists identify when an individual's sexual behavior has become impaired, distressing, and unmanageable, leading to negative consequences in their life.
     
    The discussion delves into the concept of complex trauma, which refers to repeated instances of emotional abuse, neglect, sexual trauma, and other "small t" traumas throughout childhood and into adulthood. Dr. Carnes highlights the strong link between complex trauma and the development of compulsive sexual behaviors, as individuals may use sex, porn, or love addiction as a maladaptive way to meet attachment needs without the vulnerability of true intimacy.
     
    Dr. Carnes also addresses the often-overlooked issue of sexual anorexia, characterized by an aversion or avoidance of sexual contact, often stemming from sexual trauma and associated shame. She discusses the importance of a comprehensive assessment for couples dealing with sexual issues, including ruling out medical conditions, examining relationship dynamics, and addressing any underlying trauma or active addictions.
     
    Throughout the episode, Dr. Carnes emphasizes the prevalence of these issues across demographics, with recent data suggesting that 10% of men and 7% of women struggle with compulsive sexual behaviors. She stresses the need for increased awareness, training, and resources for therapists to effectively treat individuals and couples affected by trauma and addiction.
     
     
    Key Takeaways:
     
    1. Compulsive Sexual Behavior Disorder (CSBD) is now recognized as an official diagnosis by the World Health Organization (WHO) in the ICD-11, legitimizing sex addiction and compulsivity as a genuine disorder.
      
    2. Clear diagnostic criteria are essential for therapists to distinguish between healthy sexual behaviors and problematic compulsivity, avoiding the over-pathologizing of normal sexual behavior.
     
    3. Complex trauma, involving repeated instances of emotional abuse, neglect, sexual trauma, and "small t" traumas throughout childhood and adulthood, is strongly linked to the development of compulsive sexual behaviors.
     
    4. Individuals with a history of complex trauma may use sex, porn, or love addiction as a maladaptive way to meet attachment needs without the vulnerability of true intimacy.
      
    5. Sexual anorexia, characterized by an aversion or avoidance of sexual contact, often stems from sexual trauma and associated shame.
     
    6. Comprehensive assessment is crucial for couples dealing with sexual issues, including ruling out medical conditions, examining relationship dynamics, and addressing underlying trauma or active addictions.
     
    7. Recent data suggests that compulsive sexual behaviors affect 10% of men and 7% of women, highlighting the prevalence of these issues across demographics.
      
    8. Increased awareness, training, and resources are needed for therapists to effectively treat individuals and couples affected by trauma and addiction.
      
    9. Recovery from compulsive sexual behaviors and sexual anorexia is possible with proper treatment and support, addressing shame, processing trauma, and rebuilding healthy intimacy.
     
    The conversation concludes on a hopeful note, with Dr. Carnes

    • 22 min
    S6 E9: Sean Walsh on the Future of Behavioral Health

    S6 E9: Sean Walsh on the Future of Behavioral Health

    In this episode of Beyond Theory, Sean Walsh, CEO of Meadows Behavioral Healthcare, discussed the organization's approach to providing comprehensive, specialized behavioral health treatment. The Meadows has a 45-year history of partnering with thought leaders and industry experts to design innovative programs and train staff, ensuring the delivery of high-quality, evidence-based care.
     
    Walsh emphasized the importance of expanding access to behavioral health services by bringing their specialized treatment programs to communities nationwide. The Meadows aims to establish a presence in major metropolitan areas and smaller communities that lack access to the unique, expert-driven care they provide. By offering a full continuum of care, from inpatient to outpatient services and recovery coaching, The Meadows seeks to support individuals in achieving and maintaining long-term recovery.
     
    The discussion also touched on the significance of culturally responsive care and clinical competency in behavioral health treatment. The Meadows has formed a diversity, equity, and inclusion committee to ensure that all patients and staff feel safe, respected, and honored throughout the treatment process.
     
    Looking to the future, Walsh identified the impact of technology and social media on mental health as a critical issue requiring further research, regulation, and the development of evidence-based best practices. He emphasized the need for increased attention and accountability in addressing the rising rates of depression, anxiety, and suicide associated with technology use, particularly among adolescents.
     
    Key Takeaways:
     
    1. Partnering with Industry Experts for Excellence in Behavioral Health Treatment The Meadows collaborates with top thought leaders and industry experts to design innovative programs and train staff, ensuring the delivery of high-quality, evidence-based behavioral health care.
     
    2. Expanding Access to Specialized Behavioral Health Services Nationwide The Meadows is committed to bringing their unique, expert-driven behavioral health treatment programs to communities across the country, focusing on areas that lack access to specialized care.
      
    3. Providing a Full Continuum of Care for Long-Term Recovery Success By offering a range of services, from inpatient to outpatient care and recovery coaching, The Meadows aims to support individuals in achieving and maintaining long-term recovery from behavioral health issues.
     
    4. Prioritizing Culturally Responsive Care and Clinical Competency in Behavioral Health Treatment The Meadows has established a diversity, equity, and inclusion committee to ensure that all patients and staff feel safe, respected, and honored throughout the treatment process, advancing culturally responsive care.
     
    5. Addressing the Impact of Technology and Social Media on Mental Health CEO Sean Walsh identifies the need for increased research, regulation, and evidence-based best practices to address the rising rates of depression, anxiety, and suicide associated with technology and social media use, particularly among adolescents.
      
     
    6. The Meadows' Commitment to Advancing Behavioral Health Care and Improving Patient Outcomes Through partnerships with experts, expanding access to care, and addressing emerging challenges, The Meadows continues to be a leader in providing comprehensive, cutting-edge behavioral health treatment and improving patient outcomes.
      
     
    These key takeaways highlight the main points discussed in the interview with Sean Walsh, emphasizing The Meadows' dedication to excellence in behavioral health treatment, expanding access to care, supporting long-term recovery, advancing culturally responsive care, addressing technology's impact on mental health, and continuously improving patient outcomes. The selected keywords are optimized for SEO and target a behavioral health audience.
     
     
     
    Throughout the interview,

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