Daniel Smith, author of the best seller book MONKEY MIND: A MEMOIR OF ANXIETY, and Dr. Luana Marques, Associate Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School and the Center For Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Disorders at the Massachusetts General Hospital, on how anxiety affects the body and mind, and the dangers of self medicating.
Melissa Weiksnar joins us to talk about her book HEROIN’S PUPPET, a memoir about her daughter Amy’s struggle with drug addiction, and how substance abuse affects the family as a whole. In November 2009, Amy admitted she was a heroin addict and voluntarily entered treatment. Five weeks later, just shy of her twenty-first birthday, she died from an overdose at the treatment facility. Melissa wrote “Heroin’s Puppet” so parents, clinicians, and young people can learn from her daughter’s six-year battle with substance abuse.
“Relapse” – What makes someone with 10 years of sobriety suddenly reach for a drink? Is relapse a failure of will power or a “part” of the recovery process? Dr. George Vaillant, Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and associate of the Dept. of Psychiatry at the Massachusetts General Hospital, and Peter C. Johnston, Alcohol and Drug Counselor and Relapse Prevention Specialist walked us through the stages of relapse, how to spot the warning signs, and how we can help prevent relapse in ourselves and our loved ones.
David Sheff, New York Times best selling author of BEAUTIFUL BOY (a deeply personal memoir about his son’s addiction to methamphetamine) joined us to talk about his new book CLEAN, an in-depth, thoroughly researched account of the state of addiction in America.