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Dr. Stanton Peele and Zach Rhoads give advice about achieving skills and purpose and how to outgrow addiction.
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LPP Podcast Zach Rhoads and Stanton Peele

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Dr. Stanton Peele and Zach Rhoads give advice about achieving skills and purpose and how to outgrow addiction.
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    Mare of Easttown -- Is HBO Moving Away from Drug HYSTERIA?

    Mare of Easttown -- Is HBO Moving Away from Drug HYSTERIA?

    HBO has become the ultimate destination of Harm Reduction in streaming media with its shows Mare of Easttown and Hacks. In both, the show’s protagonists (again played by women) drink (Mare) and consume drugs (Hacks) without being driven to perdition. Moreover, the creators of each series seem to be actively pursuing a harm reduction vision — meaning not blaming drugs and alcohol for people’s life problems.



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    TIME STAMPS:

    0:00 - Introduction + TV drug narratives in history

    16:40 - Reflections on Mare of Easttown and Harm Reduction 

    40:12 - Discussion about HBO's "Hacks" 

    57:31 - Santon's Memoir! 





    SHOW SUMMARY

    Stanton and Zach discuss the importance of narratives in determining views of drugs and alcohol. Indeed, these narratives are the critical determinants of drug reactions, individually and culturally. Thus, how American media has shown drug and alcohol use has been crucial to the American drug, addiction and alcoholism experience.

    Stanton provides a brief history of American views on alcohol and drugs, as seen through the 20-year skein of the TV series Gunsmoke. Alcohol was drunk casually and socially by the show’s stars, while excessive, drunken and alcoholic drinking were controlled within the community.

    American television shifted to the recovery vision of the dangers of alcoholism and as requiring complete abstinence in the 1980s (following Betty Ford) with the appearance of the hit series, Murphy Brown. In many ways, the recovery vision of drinking has continued until the present in mass media.

    Drug use has never been a comfortable part of American television, leading to shows referencing marijuana — such as The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour and Tales of the City — to be quickly cancelled.

    The emergence of streaming programming has opened mass media to a different view of substance use and problems, which can de termed harm reduction. In Jessica Jones, Good Behavior, and In the Dark, female lead characters drank and got drunk while still being constructive people.

    And most recently, the shows Mare of Easttown and Hacks have provided a realistic portrayal of people and their problems-- making HBO something like a harm-reduction-promoting organization. 

    (Hacks actually takes on traditional shows’ treatment of drug use. When one character is hospitalized after a drug binge, she turns out not to have been laid low by drugs, leading to a life-saving operation for the drug- using character. This situation is essential for presenting harm reduction views and counseling, as well as for planning and running harm reduction education programs.)


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    American confessions tug at our heart strings. Do they help?

    American confessions tug at our heart strings. Do they help?

    Naomi Osaka’s decision to withdraw from the French Open rather than face a post match press conference became worldwide news. Osaka says her depression and anxiety make it impossible for her to speak in public.

    Most observers sympathize with Osaka’s reserve, and castigate the tour directors for making her quit. But tennis legend Billy Jean King and most of Osaka’s fellow players feel that successful players should appear publicly in order to raise the visibility and profitability of women’s tennis. For herself, Osaka made $55 million last year— $50 million of it due to product endorsements. But her fellow pros often make nothing like that amount, and they resent Osaka’s pulling away from public appearances, which would benefit all of them.

    What could resolve Osaka’s predicament? Apparently treatment hasn’t done so. Would practicing public speaking, Stanton and Zach wonder, be helpful?

    Stanton then reviews the history of confessionals by prominent people who have outed their substance and mental problems — including television comedian Sid Caesar, depression memoir (Darkness Visible) author William Styron, and CBS Sunday morning program host Jane Pauley. None provides good evidence that disease self-labeling and treatment lead to ultimate improvement.

    The American Temperance tradition is steeped in public confessions, which carried over to AA, and have now permeated the US. Yet depression, anxiety and bipolar diagnosis have been increasing dramatically in recent decades.

    Stanton and Zach discuss this never-ending cycle of self-defeating behavior, then what lies ahead for Osaka and the tennis program she abandoned. 

    Finally, Stanton and Zach wonder about an article in a leading magazine saying that drinking is worse than ever in the US. But the author loves wine and wants to continue drinking it!

    Stanton and Zach wonder whether American attitudes towards alcohol have improved at all since Prohibition.



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    • 54 min
    Believing the UNBELIEVABLE: Cognitive Distortions in the Drug Reform Field

    Believing the UNBELIEVABLE: Cognitive Distortions in the Drug Reform Field

    WARNING: Please be aware that the following many not be suitable for people who are disturbed by discussions of death OR of the fallible thinking that prevails in the drug reform field.

    Leading figures in drug policy reform and addiction theory swear by MAT, which is universally accepted and used across the country.

    These well-meaning reformists and experts — groups and individuals like DPA, Maya Szalavitz, and Zach Siegel — are only slightly nettled by one disconcerting fact: drug deaths have risen to record levels alongside the explosion in Suboxone, Vivitrol, buprenorphine, and methadone prescriptions.

    Rather than facing up to our failures to stem this tide of death, prominent figures spend their time explaining that people can’t cope with or reverse opioid and other addictions without medications.

    What remains unexplored is the situations of people who actually die due to drugs — people who come overwhelmingly from the social and economic underclass, overrepresented in Appalachia (i.e., West Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee),  rural New England (New Hampshire), urban centers (Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Rhode Island), and, strangely, centers of abstinence fixation (Utah).

    Meanwhile, Stanton and Zach explore the stories of privileged users who, remarkably, die shortly after leaving rehab: a group that includes Amy Winehouse, Corey Monteith, and, recently, former U of Hi. football star Colt Brennan.

    Zach and Stanton fund that these deaths seem to be inspired by rehab. Their exploration departs from Zach Siegel’s recommendation that rehab residents be put on suboxone etc. as soon as they enter treatment.

    Instead, Stanton and Zach examine ways to enhance drug users’ competence in taking drugs while avoiding lethal “overdoses“ (meaning generally using street mixtures of drugs combined with alcohol).

    Stanton and Zach preview their development (in conjunction with colleague Aaron Ferguson) of an “Empowerment” component of LPP for dealing with MAT. The empowerment approach focuses on the usefulness of controlled substitute narcotics prescribing so long as it doesn’t detract from the key ingredient in recovery: self efficacy.



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    • 57 min
    You MUST be Treated! (Coerced Treatment and How to Overcome it)

    You MUST be Treated! (Coerced Treatment and How to Overcome it)

    WHY do people so often reject drug and alcohol treatment, let alone refusing to volunteer for it, so that American addiction treatment depends on the legal system to survive?  Stanton and Zach discuss the addiction treatment coercion phenomenon and imagine an alternative helping universe.

    Coercion is central to the American addiction treatment enterprise. Without the participation of law enforcement and drug, criminal, civil and family courts (let alone EAPs, licensing bodies, and a host of NGO agencies) American addiction treatment would wither. Coercion is embedded in the disease concept of denial, and AA is forced on people in order to maintain their family rights, their jobs, their housing and often their liberty (which Stanton wrote the manual about with Charles Bufe and Archie Brodsky, Resisting 12 Step Coercion). Lately, Zach has been struck by how often people are forced into MAT. Stanton and Zach discuss how “helping” people requires that we respect and support their free choice and personal agency.

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    • 52 min
    The Pandemic Has Made Us All ALCOHOLIC! (or not)

    The Pandemic Has Made Us All ALCOHOLIC! (or not)

    Stanton and Zach consider five responses to NY Times article seeding “pandemic panic” @ alcohol:  

    1. There hasn’t been a significant increase in drinking. 

    2. Problems with alcohol and drugs preceded the pandemic, and aren’t due to substances. 

    3. Judging from Times’ readers’ comments, people with resources do remarkably well adjusting their drinking to their circumstances. 

    4. People aren’t drinking enough.  

    5. President Biden’s response to the above propositions has been both good and bad.

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    • 54 min
    How Psychedelics Work, Jud Brewer's Mindfulness, Seth Rogen's Cannabis Use | LPP Podcast

    How Psychedelics Work, Jud Brewer's Mindfulness, Seth Rogen's Cannabis Use | LPP Podcast

    Addiction news of the week (and its meaning and uses) in review: 

    What does it tell us about (a) medical therapy, (b) the history of medicine, (c) the nature of mental disorders that an ancient "herb" (psilocybin) exceeds the most significant product of modern biochemistry (SSRIs) in remedying depression? 

    In what way is anxiety addiction-like, and how can we use this knowledge to help Ezra Klein actually reduce his anxiety-- rather than simply making for good bedtime reading? 

    And how might we work with non-addicted Seth Rogen so that he could continue to enjoy life and be non-stop productive without being stoned around the clock? 

    The name of the game is AGENCY: lassoing drugs, therapy, and insight into self-directed living and change. 



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