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Hear what leading addiction and recovery experts are talking about—addiction trends, topics and challenges as well as research, practices and advances that point the most promising way forward. Author and recovery advocate William C. Moyers serves as host of this thought-provoking interview series, brought to you by the renowned Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation. Listen in on Moyers’ conversations with his colleagues who work at the forefront of addiction treatment, recovery and prevention, including noted clinicians, researchers, academics and other thought leaders. With equal parts information and inspiration, Let’s Talk Addiction & Recovery opens the door to help, healing and hope.


Addiction Recovery and Support for Families

Learn where to find help if your family is faced with addiction. Just as the alcoholic or addict needs help to get well, families need support to heal from the harm of addiction. Listen in as host William C. Moyers talks with therapists Julia Edelman and Sarah Schwalbach about the importance of addiction recovery support for families regardless of whether their loved one with addiction seeks treatment. They also discuss the recovery process, rebuilding trusting relationships, relapse prevention and helpful resources.


Addiction and Your Spirit: Recovering Hope

Listen in as noted psychiatrist and addiction recovery expert Marvin D. Seppala, MD, talks with host William C. Moyers about spirituality and healing: practicing honesty, humility and compassion; leaning on others for help; experiencing positive emotions (joy, love, awe); and living with greater purpose and meaning. Read the transcript.


How Addiction Affects Your Body and Mind

Learn how addiction to alcohol or other drugs hijacks the brain and why people in active addiction continue drinking or using substances despite devastating effects. Recovery expert Marvin D. Seppala, MD, joins host William C. Moyers to discuss the disease of addiction in easily understandable terms: the role of dopamine in the brain’s reward center; effects of alcohol and other drugs on the brain, liver, heart and mental health; genetic and other risk factors for addiction. Read the transcript.


What’s the Harm in Vaping?

Listen in as host William C. Moyers talks with youth addiction and recovery expert Joseph Lee, MD, about the difference between vaping and smoking, types of vaping devices used for nicotine and other drugs, and the harmful health effects of vaping—especially for teens. Read the transcript.


Family Roles When Addiction Takes Hold

Listen in as host William C. Moyers talks with therapists Sarah Schwalbach and Julia Edelman about how addiction affects the family system, what it means to “detach with love” and why helping a loved one who has addiction starts with getting help for yourself. Read the transcript.


Cross Addiction: Substance Use Disorders and Compulsive Behaviors

Host William C. Moyers talks with recovery expert Brenda Iliff about cross addiction (addiction interaction disorder), the condition of replacing one problematic substance or behavior with another. Read the transcript.


Reckoning with Your Addict Self

Listen in as host William C. Moyers talks with psychologist and recovery author Allen Berger about the dynamics involved when the “addict self” takes charge as addiction takes hold and the importance of self-awareness in sustaining long-term recovery.Read the transcripts.


Achieving Emotional Sobriety

Listen in as psychologist and author Allen Berger discusses the how-to of emotional sobriety with host William C. Moyers: What emotional sobriety is, why it’s so important to “feel your feelings” and how to more fully embrace the ebb and flow of life. Read the transcripts.


Addiction and Recovery for Older Adults

America’s older generations are increasingly at risk of developing substance use disorders. Listen in as Brenda Iliff, executive director of the Hazelden Betty Ford treatment center in Naples, Florida, joins host William C. Moyers to discuss the growing prevalence of addiction among older adults. Read the transcript.


Mobilizing Against Addiction: Local Efforts Address the Opioid Crisis

Jordan Hansen, manager of clinical strategies and programming for the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, joins host William C. Moyers to report on several successful efforts at the local level to effect change, advance addiction recovery and build a healthier tomorrow. Read the transcript.


Opioid Rehab: A Nurse’s Story of Addiction, Truth and Healing

Listen in as Linda tells host William C. Moyers why shame kept her trapped in addiction for years until she was able to ask for help. Read the transcript.


Rehab Evolution: Following the Science to Help More People

John Driscoll, senior vice president of recovery services for the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, joins host William C. Moyers to discuss evidence-based rehab advancements and core elements of effective treatment designed to help patients learn how to successfully manage the symptoms of their disease. Read the transcript.


Getting Sober and Staying Sober: How to Make Recovery Stick

Psychologist Michael Tkach, director of recovery management for the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, joins host William C. Moyers to discuss the latest research and science on what it takes to stay sober. Read the transcript.


Overcoming Opioids: How Josh C. Got His Life Back from Heroin

A car accident left Josh C. paralyzed at age 18, crushing his plans to play college football along with his sense of self and purpose. Listen in as Josh shares his story of opioid addiction, treatment and recovery with host William C. Moyers. Read the transcript.


Addiction Prevention: What’s a Parent to Do?

Psychiatrist and author Joseph Lee, MD, medical director of the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation’s Youth Continuum, joins host William C. Moyers to discuss what puts young people at risk for substance use and what parents can do to minimize the probability of addiction. Read the transcript.


Teens, Technology and Overuse, Part 1

Prevention expert Jessica Wong joins host William C. Moyers to look at emerging research around risks associated with too much tech use and to discuss practical ways parents can foster healthier behaviors. Read the transcript.


Teens, Technology and Overuse, Part 2

Prevention expert Jessica Wong joins host William C. Moyers to discuss the potential consequences of overuse and overreliance, including feelings of isolation, anxiety or depression. Read the transcript.


Consumer Beware: Not All Addiction Treatment Is the Same

Mark Mishek, JD, president and CEO of the nonprofit Hazelden Betty Ford treatment centers, and Marvin D. Seppala, MD, chief medical officer, join host William C. Moyers to discuss the need for industry reforms, professional standards and consumer protections. Read the transcript.


Combining What Works: Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Addiction

Psychiatrist Marvin D. Seppala, MD, joins host William C. Moyers to explain why medication alone isn’t an effective solution in treating such a complex, chronic condition. Read the transcript.


Opioid Addiction and Treatment

Psychiatrist Marvin D. Seppala, MD, joins host William C. Moyers to discuss the role of science and compassion in responding to the opioid addiction crisis. Read the transcript.


Addiction Treatment Outcomes

Psychiatrist Marvin D. Seppala, MD, and addiction researcher Audrey Klein, PhD, join host William C. Moyers armed with key questions consumers should ask treatment providers about their results. Read the transcript.


Women, Alcohol and Addiction

Addiction researcher Audrey Klein, PhD., joins host William C. Moyers to take a closer look at what’s behind the increased rates of binge and heavy drinking among women. Read the transcript.