35 episodes

Addiction psychiatrist and bioethicist Carl Erik Fisher explores addiction and recovery from the widest possible diversity of perspectives: from science to spirituality, from philosophy to politics, and everything in between. He interviews leading experts in areas such as psychology, neurobiology, history, sociology, and more--as well as policy makers, advocates, and people with lived experience.
A core commitment of the show is we need more than medicine to truly understand addiction and recovery. The challenges and mysteries of this field run up against some of the central challenges of human life, like: what makes a life worth living, what are the limits of self control, and how can people and societies change for the better? These are enormous questions, and they need to be approached with humility, but there are also promising ways forward offered by refreshingly unexpected sources.
There are many paths to recovery, and there is tremendous hope for changing the narrative, injecting more nuance into these discussions, and making flourishing in recovery possible for all.
Please check out https://www.carlerikfisher.com to join the newsletter and stay in touch.

Flourishing After Addiction with Carl Erik Fisher Carl Erik Fisher

    • Health & Fitness
    • 5.0 • 55 Ratings

Addiction psychiatrist and bioethicist Carl Erik Fisher explores addiction and recovery from the widest possible diversity of perspectives: from science to spirituality, from philosophy to politics, and everything in between. He interviews leading experts in areas such as psychology, neurobiology, history, sociology, and more--as well as policy makers, advocates, and people with lived experience.
A core commitment of the show is we need more than medicine to truly understand addiction and recovery. The challenges and mysteries of this field run up against some of the central challenges of human life, like: what makes a life worth living, what are the limits of self control, and how can people and societies change for the better? These are enormous questions, and they need to be approached with humility, but there are also promising ways forward offered by refreshingly unexpected sources.
There are many paths to recovery, and there is tremendous hope for changing the narrative, injecting more nuance into these discussions, and making flourishing in recovery possible for all.
Please check out https://www.carlerikfisher.com to join the newsletter and stay in touch.

    Stash, Sedatives and A Life In Hiding, with Laura Cathcart Robbins

    Stash, Sedatives and A Life In Hiding, with Laura Cathcart Robbins

    One of the great gifts of being out in the world talking about addiction and recovery is I get to meet so many fascinating and talented people working on these issues. This is one of my deepest motivations for writing and speaking about my own experience; to connect with other values-aligned writers and thinkers. One wonderful recent example is the fantastic writer Laura Cathcart Robbins, our guest on this latest episode of the Flourishing After Addiction podcast. Laura is the author of ...

    • 56 min
    Why We Can’t Therapize Our Way Out of Addiction, with Dr. Bruce Alexander

    Why We Can’t Therapize Our Way Out of Addiction, with Dr. Bruce Alexander

    In this episode of Flourishing After Addiction, I had the honor of speaking with Bruce Alexander, a towering figure in the field of addiction theory. As regular Rat Park readers will know, I named this newsletter after Bruce’s iconic experiment in the 1970s, honoring not just that experiment, but also the decades of contributions he’s made since to the broader understanding of addiction as a deeply human phenomenon. Now that Bruce is in his 80s, he’s said he won’t be doing much more writing a...

    • 47 min
    What's Wrong? Personal Histories of Chronic Pain and Bad Medicine, with Erin Williams

    What's Wrong? Personal Histories of Chronic Pain and Bad Medicine, with Erin Williams

    As a bonus for this special episode with the artist Erin Williams, author of What’s Wrong? Personal Histories of Chronic Pain and Bad Medicine, I got permission to post some of the illustrations from her new book, What’s Wrong? Personal Histories of Chronic Pain and Bad Medicine. Head over to my Substack page to see those. You won’t want to miss them.Erin Williams is the author and illustrator of ten books, including What's Wrong? Personal Histories of Chronic Pain and Bad Medicine, Commute: ...

    • 45 min
    Taking Ownership of Your Recovery Journey, with Dr. Ray Baker

    Taking Ownership of Your Recovery Journey, with Dr. Ray Baker

    Dr. Ray Baker is a distinguished leader in the field of addiction medicine and a person in long-term recovery from addiction. This episode of Flourishing After Addiction particularly resonates with the theme of the longer-form writings I’m starting to post about frameworks for making sense of recovery, so I’m grateful to have the chance to talk with him.A highlight of the conversation is Ray’s insight into the various processes of recovery, as he advocates for a holistic approach across diffe...

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Brutalities: Exercise, Extremity, and Love , with Margo Steines

    Brutalities: Exercise, Extremity, and Love , with Margo Steines

    In the latest episode of Flourishing After Addiction, I am thrilled to be exploring the intricate relationships between addiction, recovery, pain, and embodiment with Margo Steines, a writer and person in recovery with a deep understanding of these themes.Margo Steines holds an MFA in nonfiction writing from the University of Arizona and serves as a faculty member in their acclaimed writing program. Her work, including her memoir-in-essays "Brutalities: A Love Story," offers a truly unique vi...

    • 57 min
    Shame and Self-Stigma: Strategies for Change, with Dr. Jason Luoma

    Shame and Self-Stigma: Strategies for Change, with Dr. Jason Luoma

    Shame and self-stigma can be powerfully limiting and harmful, and they are especially common among people with addictions. We’ve discussed on prior episodes of the podcast that there may be valuable and wise forms of shame, but psychotherapy research has also shown that the wrong sort of relationship to shame can also inhibit growth and stand in the way of recovery. So for this episode of Flourishing After Addiction, we dive into the practical aspects of working with shame, guided by Jason Lu...

    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
55 Ratings

55 Ratings

olafson59 ,

Excellent Resource.

This podcast is an excellent resource for information on the current state of addiction information. Personally relapsing with alcohol after 18 years, and with an AA aversion for the last 8 years, I wanted to know how the science of addiction had changed. This podcast has been very helpful, and I am grateful for the information provided.
Highly recommend

jdb148 ,

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I love the eclectic range of topics featured on this podcast. Knowing now im not the only person connected with the confusion associated with navigating through this universe we’re all intertwined with. Thanks Doc.(s)🫶🏻 🤯

The Reflective Doc ,

Fantastic Podcast!

I’ve recently discovered this excellent podcast. Dr. Fisher speaks with such a terrific and diverse panel of guests, sharing key thoughts around addiction and recovery. I will recommend it to my own patients!

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