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Trapped: Understanding Addiction

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Trapped: Understanding Addiction explores the medical aspects and social implications of addiction. In this podcast, I’ll talk to experts about the science behind addictive behavior, how various substances affect the brain and body, how addiction impacts specific populations uniquely, and how our views on addiction and treatment have evolved. I will also speak with people who have had first-hand experience with a substance use disorder and get their insight on what it’s like to live with this condition.

Trapped: Understanding Addiction explores the medical aspects and social implications of addiction. In this podcast, I’ll talk to experts about the science behind addictive behavior, how various substances affect the brain and body, how addiction impacts specific populations uniquely, and how our views on addiction and treatment have evolved. I will also speak with people who have had first-hand experience with a substance use disorder and get their insight on what it’s like to live with this condition.

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Trapped: Understanding Addiction explores the medical aspects and social implications of addiction. In this podcast, I’ll talk to experts about the science behind addictive behavior, how various substances affect the brain and body, how addiction impacts specific populations uniquely, and how our views on addiction and treatment have evolved. I will also speak with people who have had first-hand experience with a substance use disorder and get their insight on what it’s like to live with this condition.

Language:

English


Episodes

Episode 21: Addiction in the LGBTQIA+ Community with Dr. Brian Hurley

6/17/2022
In this episode, I discuss addiction in the LGBTQIA+ community with Dr. Brian Hurley, Medical Director of the Division of Substance Abuse Prevention and Control for the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and President-Elect of the American Society of Addiction Medicine Board of Directors. Dr. Hurley reviews the data we have on the prevalence of use disorders in sexual and gender minorities, what risk factors might predispose individuals to the development of an addiction, and why...

Duration:00:24:32

Episode 20: Addiction in Healthcare Professionals with Dr. Michael Sprintz

6/1/2022
Medical professionals bear an enormous responsibility taking care of patients and are often held to a higher standard than other members of society. However, they are human and are therefore also susceptible to the development of addiction, especially given the stresses they are placed under. In this episode, I speak with Dr. Michael Sprintz about substance use disorders in healthcare professionals. Dr. Sprintz is triple board-certified in anesthesiology, pain medicine, and addiction...

Duration:00:59:11

Episode 19: Addiction in the Military with Colonel Christopher Perry, M.D.

5/15/2022
In this episode, Colonel Christopher Perry, M.D. discusses the prevalence of substance use disorders in military personnel, which substances are most commonly misused, and how addiction is managed in those actively serving. He reviews the importance of screening for and treating use disorders, especially given the high rates of suicide in this population. Dr. Perry is the Chief Medical Officer for Madigan Army Medical Center on Joint-Base Lewis McChord, Washington. He has extensive...

Duration:00:24:30

Episode 18: Chronic Pain Management and Opioid Use with Dr. Gregory Rudolf

5/4/2022
An estimated 50 million adults suffer from chronic pain in the U.S., which can interfere with their ability to work, take part in normal activities, or enjoy life. The treatment of chronic pain is complex, even more so if a person struggles with a coexisting substance use disorder. In this episode, I speak with Dr. Gregory Rudolf about the various treatment options for chronic pain, the problem of opioid-induced hyperalgesia in patients on long-term opioids, and how a holistic approach with...

Duration:01:11:35

Episode 17: Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome with Dr. Jadene Wong

4/19/2022
In this episode, Dr. Jadene Wong discusses Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome, also commonly referred to as Neonatal Opioid Withdrawal Syndrome (NOWS), which describes the withdrawal symptoms an infant experiences after exposure to opioids in the uterus. Dr. Wong reviews which factors increase the risk for developing withdrawal, how to diagnose NOWS, and why avoiding bias while maintaining the mother-infant dyad is essential in treatment. Dr. Wong is a Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics...

Duration:00:26:38

Episode 16: Addiction in Rural America with Dr. Ryan Jackman

4/1/2022
In this episode, Dr. Ryan Jackman gives us an overview of addiction in Rural America. He compares the rates of substance use and overdose deaths between urban and rural areas and reviews what factors might contribute to the development of use disorders in rural communities. Dr. Jackman also discusses the unique challenges rural areas face in obtaining treatment and how we can draw upon the strength and resiliency of their people to overcome some of these barriers. Dr. Ryan Jackman is a...

Duration:00:19:57

Episode 15: The Role of Race in Addiction with Dr. Helena Hansen

2/23/2022
In this episode, Dr. Helena Hansen talks about how she became involved in researching the role of race in addiction and drug policy. She discusses the impact of unequal drug criminalization and mass incarceration on communities of color and how media portrayal and treatment of use disorders have differed between racial groups. She also explains the importance of a comprehensive, culturally responsive treatment approach to addiction. Dr. Hansen is a psychiatrist and anthropologist and serves...

Duration:00:41:15

Episode 14: Substance Use in the Elderly with Dr. Michael Fingerhood

2/7/2022
In this episode, I am joined by Dr. Michael Fingerhood, Associate Professor of Medicine and Public Health at Johns Hopkins University and Chief of the Division of Addiction Medicine at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. Dr. Fingerhood explains why older individuals may develop a use disorder and how it can go unrecognized due to preconceived impressions of the elderly. He also reviews how to screen patients in a nonjudgmental way to identify individuals who use substances but may not be...

Duration:00:15:21

Episode 13: Substance Use and Addiction in Pregnancy with Dr. Mishka Terplan

1/24/2022
In this episode, Dr. Mishka Terplan gives an in-depth review of the most commonly used substances during pregnancy and their effects on the expectant mother and fetus. He explains how to screen for addiction during prenatal visits and stresses the importance of treating addiction as a disease, with medication if needed, to improve health outcomes for both mother and baby. Dr. Terplan is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine who works at the Friends Research...

Duration:00:31:26

Episode 12: Substance Use in Adolescents with Dr. Veronika Mesheriakova

1/10/2022
In this episode, I speak with Dr. Veronika Mesheriakova, Assistant Professor in the division of Adolescent & Young Adult Medicine at UCSF and the medical director of the UCSF Youth Outpatient Substance Use Program. Dr. Mesheriakova has vast knowledge of and experience in the prevention and treatment of substance use disorders in adolescents. She lends her expertise in this interview to discuss the most commonly misused substances, the risk factors that predispose a teen to developing an...

Duration:00:24:27

Episode 11: Drug Facts - Sedative-Hypnotics and Anxiolytics with Dr. Christopher Blazes

12/26/2021
In the final installment of my drug facts series, I discuss sedative-hypnotic and anxiolytic drugs with Dr. Christopher Blazes, Director of the Addiction Psychiatry fellowship at Oregon Health and Science University. Dr. Blazes is triple board-certified in psychiatry, addiction psychiatry, and emergency medicine and has published and lectured extensively on benzodiazepine use. In this episode, he reviews the most commonly used drugs in the sedative-hypnotic class of medications, the risks...

Duration:00:13:11

Episode 10: Drug Facts - Cannabis with Dr. Itai Danovitch

12/13/2021
For the sixth part of my drug facts series, I speak with Dr. Itai Danovitch, Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences at Cedars-Sinai. Dr. Danovitch provides an in-depth summary of the physiology of cannabis and reviews both its beneficial and harmful effects (including use disorder), and how these effects differ based on the population using. He also discusses the different state policies regarding legalization of cannabis and why it might be time to...

Duration:00:30:54

Episode 9: Drug Facts - Nicotine and Tobacco with Dr. Bonnie Halpern-Felsher

11/29/2021
In the fifth installment of my drug facts series, I speak with Dr. Bonnie Halpern-Felsher, Professor of Pediatrics in adolescent medicine at Stanford University and the founder of the Tobacco Prevention Toolkit, an online curricular aimed at reducing and preventing youth tobacco use. Dr. Halpern-Felsher discusses the unique harm nicotine poses to teenagers, especially in the era of electronic cigarettes. She reviews the different methods of nicotine delivery, the available treatment options...

Duration:00:26:59

Episode 8: Drug Facts - Cocaine with Dr. Kyle Kampman

11/15/2021
In the fourth part of my drug facts series, we cover cocaine with Dr. Kyle Kampman, addiction specialist and professor of psychiatry at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Kampman gives us a fascinating look back at the history of cocaine, reviews the ways in which cocaine is commonly misused, and explains intoxication, withdrawal, and the effectiveness of contingency management in the treatment of cocaine use disorder. Dr. Kampman has had extensive...

Duration:00:20:32

Episode 7: A Tale of Two Epidemics with Dr. Adam Leventhal

11/8/2021
In this bonus episode, I speak with Dr. Adam Leventhal on the convergence of two public health crises - addiction and the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Leventhal reviews the challenges faced by those who struggle with substance use disorders during these difficult times and explains how an all-hands-on-deck approach is needed to solve the addiction crisis, both now and post-pandemic. Dr. Leventhal is the Founding Director of the Institute for Addiction Science and public health expert at the...

Duration:00:13:18

Episode 6: Drug Facts - Methamphetamine with Dr. Jonathan Buchholz

11/1/2021
In the third installment of my drug facts series, I talk about methamphetamine use with Dr. Jonathan Buchholz, Program Director of the Addictions Psychiatry Fellowship at the University of Washington and Medical Director of Inpatient Psychiatry at the VA Puget Sound. Dr. Buchholz discusses the epidemiology and physiology of methamphetamine use disorder, how amphetamines are commonly used and misused, and the most effective ways to treat a methamphetamine addiction. Learn more about Dr....

Duration:00:20:08

Episode 5: Drug Facts - Alcohol with Dr. Marc Schuckit

10/18/2021
In part two of my drug facts series, I speak with Dr. Marc Schuckit, distinguished professor of psychiatry at UC San Diego School of Medicine. Dr. Schuckit has spent decades researching the genetic and environmental influences in alcohol use disorder. In this episode, he gives us an overview of the risk factors for developing an alcohol addiction, what treatments are currently available, and what measures can be taken to prevent this condition in susceptible individuals. Check out Dr....

Duration:00:35:47

Episode 4: Drug Facts - Opioids with Dr. Julio Meza

10/4/2021
In the first part of my Drug Facts series, we will discuss opioids with Dr. Julio Meza, Program Director of the Addiction Medicine Fellowship and Assistant Clinical Professor of Family Medicine at UCLA. Dr. Meza will give us an overview of where opioids come from, how they affect the brain and body, and how they rank in terms of potency and addiction potential. He will also explain the difference between dependence and addiction and review current and future strategies for the treatment and...

Duration:00:22:01

Episode 3: Interview with David Poses

9/20/2021
In this episode, author David Poses breaks down the addict stereotype by talking about his struggle with depression and how his search for a cure was accompanied by feelings of guilt and shame. Although heroin relieved his symptoms, the stigma associated with his addiction only hindered his journey to recovery. As a writer, speaker, expert and activist, David Poses is focused on evidence-based addiction treatment, drug policy, and harm reduction. His writing has been published by Washington...

Duration:00:37:10

Episode 2: Destigmatizing Addiction with Dr. Elisabeth Poorman

9/6/2021
In this episode, we will talk to Dr. Elisabeth Poorman, an internal medicine doctor and addiction medicine specialist from the University of Washington in Seattle. Dr. Poorman is an accomplished writer and healthcare advocate. She will talk about what stigma is, how it affects the addiction community, and what healthcare providers and society as a whole can do to reduce stigma. Check out Dr. Poorman’s website at https://www.drpoorman.org/

Duration:00:22:08