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235. The Urge: The Shaping of Addiction & Mental Health with Carl Erik Fisher
According to the National Center for Drug Abuse Statistics, since 2000, the United States has experienced over 700,000 deaths due to drug overdose. Addiction and substance use disorders are at the root of this enormous loss, and about half of people who struggle with substance use disorder will experience some mental health disorder during their life. And vice versa—many individuals struggling with mental health disorders also struggle with various forms of addiction.
Carl Erik Fisher, author of The Urge: Our History of Addiction, has expertise in law, ethics, and policy related to psychiatry and neuroscience. His personal struggle with addiction in combination with his professional expertise converges to help us understand the forces that have shaped addiction throughout our history. On this episode of POTC, Carl and Yael discuss the social contingencies and historical contexts that lead to addiction, substance use disorder, and co-morbid mental health issues. Join us in this episode to learn more about commonly held beliefs about addiction, prescribers’ blind spots to certain medications, and much much more!
Listen and Learn:
Yael and Debbie discuss the importance of contextualizing human behaviorHow society tends to neglect the historical context of addictive behaviors (and why it’s so important to overcome this neglect)The issues that come with treating addiction differently than other mental health disordersPractical advice for clinicians and patients working with co-morbid addiction and other mental health disordersCarl provides insights on how addiction has been weaponized to serve corporations and politiciansAn important, historical example of what happens when scientists and researchers rigidly adopt a particular view (read: biases) but find information that conflicts with that viewThe expert-approved definition of harm reductionCarl answers commonly held beliefs about addiction (e.g., is addiction a brain disease?)How Carl, a practicing psychiatrist with an in-depth knowledge of the history of addiction and mental health, approaches prescription by balancing values, change, and harm reduction Things consumers should know about prescribers’ blind spots to certain medicationsCarl’s personal story of addiction and recoveryWhat to consider when balancing evidence- and RCT-based treatments with clients’ individuality and choicesPractical advice for helping those who are in denial of their substance abuse problem
Read Carl’s book, The Urge: Our History of Addiction! Check out Carl's recent New York Times piece, Why It's misleading to call addiction a diseaseListen to Carl’s podcast, Flourishing After Addiction! Read RAND reports on drug policy research, prescription drug abuse, and substance abuseGrab your copy of all our favorite books at bookshop.org/shop/offtheclockpsych.Check out Debbie, Jill’s, Yael, and Diana, websites to access their offerings, sign up for their newsletters, buy their books, and more!
About Carl Erik Fisher:
Carl Erik Fisher (USA), psychiatrist and author of The Urge: A History of Addiction, New York, May 24, 2021. Photograph © Beowulf Sheehan
Carl Erik Fisher, M.D., is an addiction psychiatrist, bioethics scholar, and author of The Urge: Our History of Addiction. He is an assistant professor of clinical psychiatry at Columbia University, where he studies and teaches law, ethics, and policy relating to psychiatry and neuroscience. He received his B.A. in Music (vocal performance) and Biology from the University of North Carolina, his M.D. from the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and completed psychiatric residency at Columbia University. He then completed fellowship training in forensic psychiatry in the Columbia/Cornell Residency in ...
The Power of Us with Dominic Packer
Dominic Packer talks with Jill about the power of shared identity to impact human thought, feeling, and behavior.
233. Dopamine Nation with Anna Lembke
In this episode, Dr. Lembke and Diana redefine addiction, discuss its consequences, and provide practical advice on addressing it in all its forms.
232. Grounded to Soar Into 2022 with Brad Stulberg
As we venture into the New Year, many of us are striving to reach new goals and maintain resolutions. It's easy to default to focusing solely on succeeding or attaining those goals, striving to feel the “high” that accompanies that success. But this kind of approach can unwittingly interfere with healthy and sustainable success.
Brad Stulberg, author of The Practice of Groundedness, has dedicated his career to understanding and fostering a healthier, more sustainable model of success. An expert in organizational behavior and public health, Brad suggests that constantly striving for and focusing on reaching the peak is neither a healthy nor sustainable way to actually reach it. In this episode of POTC, Brad and Yael discuss healthier methods of feeling the “highs” that accompany success. Listen in to this episode where we redefine “peak performance”, get in touch with your “lows”, and discover tip that work to remain grounded as you journey towards success in 2022 and beyond!
Listen and Learn:
Yael and Diana discuss groundedness and striving The mental health journey Brad endured while writing his booksBrad’s expert definitions of groundedness and successThe core values guiding Brad’s workHow principles from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy can help you engage in more grounded behaviorPractical advice for developing a healthy association with your ego (even in harsh or toxic environments)The relationships between non-duality and groundednessImportant differences between vulnerability and performative vulnerability in social media and digital spacesExpert-approved tips for building nurturing communities that foster ongoing health and sustainability, accessing alone time, and balancing the twoBrad’s personal experience with groundedness and fatherhood
Read Brad’s books, The Practice of Groundedness: A Transformative Path to Success That Feeds--Not Crushes--Your Soul and Peak Performance: Elevate Your Game, Avoid Burnout, and Thrive with the New Science of Success! Check out Brad’s coaching practice and online platform, The Growth Equation, dedicated to defining and attaining a more fulfilling and sustainable kind of successRead this New York Times article discussing social media following and book salesBrad's article from Outside Magazine that shares his personal story with how a stress expert manages mental illness Grab your copy of all our favorite books at bookshop.org/shop/offtheclockpsych.Check out Debbie, Diana, Yael, and Jill’s websites to access their offerings, sign up for their newsletters, buy their books, and more!
About Brad Stulberg:
Brad Stulberg received his undergraduate (organizational behavior) and graduate (public health) degrees from the University of Michigan. He is an avid strength trainer, reader, and outdoor enthusiast and does almost all of his best thinking in the gym, while reading, or on the trail. Brad’s books are The Practice of Groundedness and Peak Performance. They have sold more than 250,000 copies and have been translated into more than 20 languages. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Wired, New Yorker, Forbes, GQ, Time, and more. He is also a contributing editor at Outside Magazine, where he writes a regular column on the science and art of sustainable success. In his coaching practice he works with executives, entrepreneurs, physicians, and athletes on their performance and overall well-being. He is also co-creator of The Growth Equation, an online platform dedicated to defining and attaining a more fulfilling and sustainable kind of success.
231. Eating Skills and Emotional Eating with Josh Hillis
Ring in the new year by learning about flexible eating skills with fitness expert Josh Hillis!
The Laziness Lie with Devon Price
Dr. Devon Price, author of Laziness Does Not Exist, talks about the "laziness lie," where it came from, and why it can be harmful to our wellbeing.
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