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Opioid addiction is a national public health crisis that affects individuals and families regardless of their age, race, or income. The statistics are overwhelming – more than 130 people die from opioid addiction every day (1). Sadly, stigma and fear of judgment often discourage people from seeking help or even talking about their experiences with opioid misuse. But, there is hope. Recovery is possible.

“Someone You Know” is a grassroots public awareness effort of the Independence Blue Cross Foundation to reduce the stigma of opioid addiction and inspire hope in our communities.
Tune in to this podcast to hear inspiring stories that challenge stigma and humanize the disease of addiction. Heather Major, Manager of Programs for the Independence Blue Cross Foundation, will guide you through conversations that explore the pain of addiction and the joys of a life in recovery.

Make sure to subscribe, and check back in May for more stories from someone you know.

Wherever you are on your journey—whether you’re struggling with addiction, grieving the loss of someone, or supporting someone in recovery—help is available. Please visit our website for information, resources and inspiration: www.ibxfoundation.org/SYK

(1) https://www.drugabuse.gov/drugs-abuse/opioids/opioid-overdose-crisis

Disclaimers
This podcast contains opinionated content and may not reflect the opinions of any organizations this podcast is affiliated with.
This podcast discusses opioid use and opioid treatment and may be triggering for some listeners. Listener discretion is advised.
The information contained on this site and on these podcasts are solely for informational purposes. Listeners of this podcast are advised to do their own diligence when it comes to making decisions that may affect your health. Patients in need of medical advice should consult their personal health care provider. The purpose of this podcast is to educate and to inform. It is not a substitute for professional care by a doctor or other qualified medical professional.

Someone You Know: Facing the Opioid Crisis Together Independence Blue Cross Foundation

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Opioid addiction is a national public health crisis that affects individuals and families regardless of their age, race, or income. The statistics are overwhelming – more than 130 people die from opioid addiction every day (1). Sadly, stigma and fear of judgment often discourage people from seeking help or even talking about their experiences with opioid misuse. But, there is hope. Recovery is possible.

“Someone You Know” is a grassroots public awareness effort of the Independence Blue Cross Foundation to reduce the stigma of opioid addiction and inspire hope in our communities.
Tune in to this podcast to hear inspiring stories that challenge stigma and humanize the disease of addiction. Heather Major, Manager of Programs for the Independence Blue Cross Foundation, will guide you through conversations that explore the pain of addiction and the joys of a life in recovery.

Make sure to subscribe, and check back in May for more stories from someone you know.

Wherever you are on your journey—whether you’re struggling with addiction, grieving the loss of someone, or supporting someone in recovery—help is available. Please visit our website for information, resources and inspiration: www.ibxfoundation.org/SYK

(1) https://www.drugabuse.gov/drugs-abuse/opioids/opioid-overdose-crisis

Disclaimers
This podcast contains opinionated content and may not reflect the opinions of any organizations this podcast is affiliated with.
This podcast discusses opioid use and opioid treatment and may be triggering for some listeners. Listener discretion is advised.
The information contained on this site and on these podcasts are solely for informational purposes. Listeners of this podcast are advised to do their own diligence when it comes to making decisions that may affect your health. Patients in need of medical advice should consult their personal health care provider. The purpose of this podcast is to educate and to inform. It is not a substitute for professional care by a doctor or other qualified medical professional.

    Facing the Opioid Crisis Together: Season Recap (Dr. Glenn Sterner)

    Facing the Opioid Crisis Together: Season Recap (Dr. Glenn Sterner)

    Dr. Glenn Sterner is a professor and researcher at Penn State Abington, whose recent work studies opiate abuse networks and stigma as a barrier to treatment. He also founded the Share Your Opioid Story initiative.
    In the final episode of Season 1, we discuss the creation and expansion of the Independence Blue Cross Foundation’s Someone You Know campaign, and reflect on our efforts to combat the effects of stigma and inspire hope in our communities.
    Hosted by Heather Major, Director of Programs for Independence Blue Cross Foundation.
    Recovery is possible, and help is available. Please visit our website for more information, resources and inspiration: www.ibxfoundation.org/SYK
    Disclaimers
    This podcast contains opinionated content and may not reflect the opinions of any organizations this podcast is affiliated with.
    This podcast discusses opioid use, opioid treatment, and physical and psychological trauma, which may be triggering for some listeners. Listener discretion is advised.
    This podcast is solely for informational purposes. Listeners are advised to do their own diligence when it comes to making decisions that may affect their health. Patients in need of medical advice should consult their personal health care provider. The purpose of this podcast is to educate and to inform. It is not a substitute for professional care by a doctor or other qualified medical professional.

    • 28 min
    Facing the Opioid Crisis Together: Messaging (Jenny)

    Facing the Opioid Crisis Together: Messaging (Jenny)

    Jenny Wagner is a former investigative health reporter for the Bucks County Courier Times who dedicated much of her time as a journalist to covering the opioid epidemic.  
    In this episode, we discuss the media’s role in reporting on the crisis, and the profound impact language and messaging have on stigma. 
    Check out State of Emergency, Jenny’s 2018 series chronicling the efforts being made to save lives impacted by substance use disorder and the barriers that keep help out of reach.
    Hosted by Heather Major, Director of Programs for Independence Blue Cross Foundation.
    Recovery is possible, and help is available. Please visit our website for more information, resources and inspiration: www.ibxfoundation.org/SYK
    Disclaimers
    This podcast contains opinionated content and may not reflect the opinions of any organizations this podcast is affiliated with.
    This podcast discusses opioid use, opioid treatment, and physical and psychological trauma, which may be triggering for some listeners. Listener discretion is advised.
    This podcast is solely for informational purposes. Listeners are advised to do their own diligence when it comes to making decisions that may affect their health. Patients in need of medical advice should consult their personal health care provider. The purpose of this podcast is to educate and to inform. It is not a substitute for professional care by a doctor or other qualified medical professional.

    • 30 min
    Facing the Opioid Crisis Together: Mental Health (Patrick & Ramon)

    Facing the Opioid Crisis Together: Mental Health (Patrick & Ramon)

    Patrick is a mental health counselor and doctoral student, and Ramon is a behavioral health specialist. Both are in long-term recovery.
    In this episode, Patrick and Ramon discuss the intersection of substance use disorder and mental health, what it means to have a dual diagnosis or co-occurring conditions, and the importance of a holistic approach to treatment.
    Watch Patrick’s story on YouTube. Watch Ramon’s story on YouTube.
    Hosted by Heather Major, Director of Programs for Independence Blue Cross Foundation.
    Recovery is possible, and help is available. Please visit our website for more information, resources and inspiration: www.ibxfoundation.org/SYK
    Disclaimers
    This podcast contains opinionated content and may not reflect the opinions of any organizations this podcast is affiliated with.
    This podcast discusses opioid use, opioid treatment, and physical and psychological trauma, which may be triggering for some listeners. Listener discretion is advised.
    This podcast is solely for informational purposes. Listeners are advised to do their own diligence when it comes to making decisions that may affect their health. Patients in need of medical advice should consult their personal health care provider. The purpose of this podcast is to educate and to inform. It is not a substitute for professional care by a doctor or other qualified medical professional.

    • 31 min
    Facing the Opioid Crisis Together: Community Health (Esperanza Health Center)

    Facing the Opioid Crisis Together: Community Health (Esperanza Health Center)

    In this episode, we speak with employees of Esperanza Health Center, which provides affordable, bilingual health care services in North Philadelphia. Rosa, Janneza and Executive Director Susan Post discuss stigma surrounding the Kensington community and the need for culturally competent care when providing substance use disorder treatment and services.
    Esperanza’s new health center opened in Kensington on September 30. For more information, visit the website.
    Hosted by Heather Major, Director of Programs for Independence Blue Cross Foundation.
    Recovery is possible, and help is available. Please visit our website for more information, resources and inspiration: www.ibxfoundation.org/SYK
    Disclaimers
    This podcast contains opinionated content and may not reflect the opinions of any organizations this podcast is affiliated with.
    This podcast discusses opioid use, opioid treatment, and physical and psychological trauma, which may be triggering for some listeners. Listener discretion is advised.
    This podcast is solely for informational purposes. Listeners are advised to do their own diligence when it comes to making decisions that may affect their health. Patients in need of medical advice should consult their personal health care provider. The purpose of this podcast is to educate and to inform. It is not a substitute for professional care by a doctor or other qualified medical professional.

    • 26 min
    Facing the Opioid Crisis Together: Campus Safety (Erin & Luke)

    Facing the Opioid Crisis Together: Campus Safety (Erin & Luke)

    Erin is a college student and advocate, and Luke is the founder of The Flock, a collegiate recovery program at Saint Joe’s University.
    Both Erin and Luke experienced life in active substance misuse and life in recovery while attending college. In this episode, the two discuss the impact of stigma on college campuses, what educational institutions should be doing to support the recovery community, and their advice for future students.
    Watch Erin’s story on YouTube and check out more information on The Flock.
    Hosted by Heather Major, Director of Programs for Independence Blue Cross Foundation.
    Recovery is possible, and help is available. Please visit our website for more information, resources and inspiration: www.ibxfoundation.org/SYK
    Disclaimers
    This podcast contains opinionated content and may not reflect the opinions of any organizations this podcast is affiliated with.
    This podcast discusses opioid use, opioid treatment, and physical and psychological trauma, which may be triggering for some listeners. Listener discretion is advised.
    This podcast is solely for informational purposes. Listeners are advised to do their own diligence when it comes to making decisions that may affect your health. Patients in need of medical advice should consult their personal health care provider. The purpose of this podcast is to educate and to inform. It is not a substitute for professional care by a doctor or other qualified medical professional.

    • 28 min
    Facing the Opioid Crisis Together: Compassion Fatigue (Bill)

    Facing the Opioid Crisis Together: Compassion Fatigue (Bill)

    Bill is a husband, father, medical professional, and person in long-term recovery from opioid use disorder.
    In this episode, Bill discusses his perspective on the opioid epidemic, including the impact of compassion fatigue, stigma within the medical community, and how his family supported his journey to recovery.
    Watch Bill’s story on YouTube and check out his podcast, Health Professionals in Recovery.
    Hosted by Heather Major, Director of Programs for Independence Blue Cross Foundation.
    Recovery is possible, and help is available. Please visit our website for more information, resources and inspiration: www.ibxfoundation.org/SYK
    Disclaimers
    This podcast contains opinionated content and may not reflect the opinions of any organizations this podcast is affiliated with.
    This podcast discusses opioid use and opioid treatment and may be triggering for some listeners. Listener discretion is advised.
    This podcast is solely for informational purposes. Listeners are advised to do their own diligence when it comes to making decisions that may affect their health. Patients in need of medical advice should consult their personal health care provider. The purpose of this podcast is to educate and to inform. It is not a substitute for professional care by a doctor or other qualified medical professional.

    • 26 min

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