Medical DirectorMark Leeds, D.O. | Podcast: The Rehab

I love listening to podcasts when I am in the car or exercising. How can I find a good one about addiction recovery?

You will be pleased to learn that there are many great podcasts on the topic of addiction. One way to start looking is to search from within your podcast app.

Simply open the podcast app on your phone or device and look for the search feature. If you use an iPhone, the podcast app is already installed. Look for the purple icon on your home screen. However, if you use an android phone, you may have to download a podcast app from the Google Play Store. Google makes a podcast app now, or you may enjoy using a different app, such as Podcast Addict.

Why should I listen to a recovery podcast?

If you are in early recovery, listing to several excellent recovery podcasts can help in addition to support groups, such as Alcoholics Anonymous. Addiction treatment programs often now recommend listening to addiction recovery podcasts for ongoing support and motivation.

Osteopathic physician, Mark Leeds, D.O., has many years of experience in treating addiction. He also hosts a popular addiction treatment podcast.

Dr. Leeds treats opioid addiction with MAT, but he covers a wide variety of topics on his podcast. Dr. Leeds recommends finding a good selection of recovery podcasts so you always have new episodes available.

I am interested in learning more about Suboxone, ZubSolv, Sublocade, and Brixadi. Is there a podcast where they discuss these treatment drugs for opioid addiction?

You may have to search a little deeper to find a podcast that supports medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorder (MAT). Unfortunately, many people who are in recovery or work in the addiction treatment field are against the use of medication to treat addiction.

They resist progress even though scientific research and study, as well as the experience of doctors over nearly two decades, has demonstrated that medication-assisted therapy works to help people recover from opiate addiction.

MAT works far better than non-medication based treatment programs. However, you can still find podcasts that openly discuss all sides of the issues.

I recommend The Rehab Podcast on The Mental Health News Radio Network as an excellent source for discussions and information about MAT using those medications and more. Another new treatment medication is naltrexone. And, of course, there is the gold standard, methadone.

How can I learn more about harm reduction?

Harm reduction is all about protecting the lives and health of people who are currently still in active addiction, engaging in addictive behaviors. It involves the use of drugs such as Narcan, a brand name version of naloxone.

Narcan reverses opioid overdoses by blocking the opioid receptors. When a person is overdosing on heroin, fentanyl, or any opioid, Narcan will stop the respiratory depression that leads to overdose-related death. The person will then have significant withdrawal symptoms, but at least they will survive the overdose. Other forms of harm reduction involve clean needle and syringe exchange programs, safe injection sites, testing for fentanyl, and educational programs to inform people with substance use disorders about available treatment options.

What about the spiritual connection? Can I learn more about how spiritual practices can help me to recover from addiction?

Yes! In fact, on The Rehab Podcast, there have been many guests who have discussed spiritual topics. For example, Anna Yusim, M.D., the author of the best-selling book, “The Science of Spirituality,” has been a guest. More recently, near-death experience (NDE) expert and neurosurgeon, Eben Alexander, M.D., has been on the program. Additionally, many other guests have been on the program who has spoken extensively on the topic of spiritualism and addiction recovery.

What is best, audio or video podcasts?

Both are excellent ways to take in podcasts! Audio is good for exercising or driving because you will want to focus on those activities. When you are free to look, a video podcast is great to see the people who are speaking.

The Rehab Podcast has just recently made a move to video. The audio version is available on the MHNR network, and the video is posted on YouTube. To get to the YouTube versions, just go to Happy listening and watching!

Can a recovery podcast help to prevent relapse?

Anything that can keep you focused and aware of the recovery process can help. Drug addiction is a chronic condition. You may get past the worst of the cravings for drugs and alcohol, and then, one day, something may come up that triggers you.

A good podcast hosted by someone with an understanding of addiction can make a difference. Long-term, a healthy recovery podcast can be an essential part of recovery. Listening to an episode every day or so can help you to avoid falling back into active substance abuse.

Is it essential to look for a very long-running podcast?

Many great new podcasts come out all the time. If a podcast only has a few episodes, it can still be a quality recovery podcast. It can’t hurt to give a new podcast a chance to hear a fresh new message. You never know where you are going to listen to an inspiring new message that resonates with you.

How do I start listening right now?

Most likely, your phone already has a podcast app installed. Simply find the app and start searching for addiction recovery podcasts. You are going to see a whole new world of inspiration, information, and support.


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