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The Addiction Psychologist Podcast

Dr. Noah Emery and Samuel Acuff interview researchers, clinicians, and policymakers in the field of addiction psychology with the hopes of enhancing recovery. New episodes the second Monday of every month, with some added content in between. The podcast can also be accessed through Apple podcasts and Spotify. Official podcast of the Society for Addiction Psychology. Transcripts of each episode can be found by clicking here


Intervention/Treatment for Substance Use Disorder, Part 2: Dr. Kate McHugh - Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Substance Use Disorder

posted: Monday, July 5, 2021 - 14:36

A great deal of individual's require substance use treatment that is more active than brief motivational interventions, yet are unable or unwilling to attend long-term inpatient treatment. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for is an effective treatment for substance use disorders. CBT for substance use disorder targets emotions, cognitions, and behaviors associated with substance use and teach skills in order to reduce use. Dr. Kate McHugh discusses CBT for substance use disorder, including her work to increase its overall impact. Kate is the Director of the Stress, Anxiety, and Substance Use Laboratory and Director of Behavioral Therapy Development, Training and Research at McLean Hospital. She is also an Associate Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

Intervention/Treatment for Substance Use Disorder, Part 1: Dr. Jim Murphy - Brief Motivational Interventions

posted: Monday, June 7, 2021 - 14:25

College students drink at higher levels than most other groups; yet, their motivation to reduce drinking is often low because alcohol consumption provides salient social benefits. Despite these benefits, emerging adulthood is a critical developmental period that can impact the likelihood of alcohol use disorder over the lifespan. Dr. Jim Murphy talks broadly about brief motivational interventions (BMIs) for college populations, which typically deliver personalized feedback in a motivational interviewing style to increase motivation to change drinking practices among college students. Jim also discusses the limitations to BMIs and discusses his work to try to extend their efficacy. Dr. Jim Murphy is the Dunavant Professor in the Department of Psychology in the University of Memphis. 

This is the first episode in a three part series on intervention and treatment, which will be followed by episodes on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Contingency Management.  

Dr. John Kelly - Stigma in Addiction and Courses of Recovery

posted: Monday, May 10, 2021 - 20:10

Addiction is among the most stigmatized of all social/health problems. Language surrounding clinical care in addiction is unlike any other area of medicine in that it often uses terms that are pejorative and lack specificity. In this episode, Dr. John Kelly talks about why we need to “stop talking dirty” in addiction research and treatment. He also discussed the results of the National Recovery Study – the only epidemiological of people in recovery ever conducted. Ever wonder how many serious attempts it takes to resolve an alcohol or drug problem, on average? He will cover that and more in this cannot-miss episode. Dr. Kelly is an endowed Professor of Psychiatry in Addiction Medicine at Harvard Medical School, the Founder and Director of the Recovery Research Institute at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), the Program Director of the Addiction Recovery Management Service (ARMS) and Associate Director of the Center for Addiction Medicine (CAM) at MGH.

Follow this link to sign the Action Network petition to remove the word "abuse" from national institutes:

Melissa Schick - Substance Use among Indigenous Populations

posted: Tuesday, April 27, 2021 - 13:06

Across substances, rates of use are high in indigenous populations across North America. Melissa Schick discusses the historical and ongoing trauma experienced by these populations and why it might be related to higher rates of substance use. Melissa also discusses combining strength-based approaches, from the perspective of positive psychology with community participatory research to provide culturally humble treatment and interventions. Melissa Schick is a Doctoral candidate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Rhode Island and the Senior Student Representative to the executive committee for the Society for Addiction Psychology.

Dr. Debra Kaysen - PTSD and Alcohol Use Disorder

posted: Monday, April 5, 2021 - 09:52

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD) often co-occur. A great deal of research has attempted to understand the nature of this relationship. Is PTSD a risk factor for AUD? Is high risk drinking a risk factor for PTSD? These questions can help us understand which of the two disorders to target first. Dr. Debra Kaysen talks about her research on treatments for co-occurring PTSD and AUD, focusing special attention toward state of the art science on ordering effects. Dr. Debra Kaysen is a clinical psychologist and Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. Dr. Kaysen’s area of specialty both in research and clinical work is in treatment of those who have experienced traumatic events including PTSD, mood and substance-use disorders. Debra is one of the leading researchers in adaptation of evidence-based PTSD treatments to increase access to evidence based treatments for diverse populations (Iraq, Democratic Republic of Congo, Native Americans), comorbidities (alcohol use disorders, HIV risk behavior), and for use in non-specialty care settings (digital health, telepsychology and primary care settings). Debra is currently the Immediate Past President of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS).

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