People recovering from addiction often like to say that the disease is “cunning, baffling, and powerful.” And although many aspects of addiction and recovery are debatable, we can all probably agree that it’s true.
Humans have been suffering from and dying from addiction for hundreds of years, but in many ways we are still baffled by how to treat it, diagnose it, or even talk about it.
Where to begin?
In this week’s National Recovery Month episode of The Man Rules podcast, Dr. Kevin McCauley joins host Dan Griffin to untangle some of the confusing paradoxes of addiction and recovery.
And if it’s an issue that you’re grappling with yourself – in whatever form – these practical and tactical tips might be a good place to start.
Practical & Tactical Tips
About Our Guest
Kevin McCauley, MD was a Naval Flight Surgeon with the Third Marine Air Wing
when he became addicted to opioid pain relievers. Following his court-martial and incarceration at Fort Leavenworth and subsequent treatment he began lecturing on the neuroscience of addiction. He wrote and directed the film “Pleasure Unwoven” used by many treatment centers to explain the brain disease of addiction. Currently, he travels between his home in Honolulu and Utah where he is the Director of Program Services at New Roads Behavioral Health. He is also a Senior Fellow at The Meadows.
Mentioned on This Episode
2016 Men in Recovery Project (Video Series)
Everything You Think You Know About Addiction is Wrong (Johann Hari TED Talk)
How Science is Unlocking the Secrets of Addiction (National Geographic)
ProtectingSobriety.com (The Institute for Addiction Study)
Pleasure Unwoven (Movie)
Memo to Self (Movie)
Addiction & Recovery Resources
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