• Transforming Patient Experience in Mental Health with Brad Stoddard

    26 MAG 2024 · Here is a podcast description based on the interview with Brad Stoddard: Brad Stoddard is a healthcare entrepreneur who has made it his mission to improve the patient experience in mental health care. Despite not having a clinical background himself, Brad has used his business acumen and customer service mindset to transform Sunrise Mental Health. In less than a year, Sunrise Mental Health has already outgrown its original office space due to the welcoming, upscale environment Brad and his team have created. By focusing on the details - from the office decor to providing snacks and drinks in the waiting room - they aim to make patients feel calm and cared for from the moment they walk in. Brad also prioritizes hiring genuinely friendly front desk staff to greet patients. But Brad's approach goes beyond superficial touches. Sunrise responds to all patient inquiries within minutes, even calling back missed calls when no voicemail is left. They offer both in-person and telehealth appointments to maximize convenience. And Brad analyzes the patient journey from A to Z to identify and address any potential pain points or frustrations.  The results speak for themselves - Sunrise is rapidly growing through word-of-mouth referrals from satisfied patients. Brad's experience demonstrates the power of prioritizing the patient experience in healthcare. By combining business best practices with a true commitment to customer service, mental health practices can create an environment where patients feel welcomed and supported. While clinicians need to focus on providing excellent care, partnering with business leaders who share their values can take the patient experience to the next level. Brad Stoddard is leading by example and showing what's possible when mental healthcare puts patients first. Please visit Sunrise Mental Health here: https://www.srmentalhealth.com/ And, please visit our podcast websites here: https://drleeds.com and https://therehab.com.
    31 min. 54 sec.
  • Filmmaker Paul Perrier: Cracked Wide Open

    7 MAR 2024 · Paul Perrier is a man whose life tells a tale of artistry, resilience, and compassion. His memoir, "Cracked Wide Open," reveals his evolution from photographer to documentary filmmaker, drawing readers into the intimate realities of his subjects. Perrier is known for his unflinching lens and an unwavering dedication to truth-telling, qualities on full display in his seminal work, "Crack Not Broken." This real-time documentary, unplanned and raw, captures the desperate struggle of Perrier's ex-wife’s oldest friend, a woman ensnared by addiction who turned to prostitution to sustain her crack cocaine dependency. Shot within the confines of a downtown Toronto hotel room in just one hour, "Crack Not Broken" is not only a compelling narrative but also a vessel for change. Although the primary goal was to aid the subject’s journey to sobriety, Perrier held onto hope that his documentary would resonate beyond a single individual, serving as a beacon of awareness and potentially guiding others towards the path of recovery. Through his work, Paul Perrier documents the human condition in its most fragile forms, endeavoring to make an impact that ripples far beyond the shutter's click or the film’s final frame. Paul gives us an insider's look into his intriguing life, shedding light on his documentary work, especially his ground-breaking film "Crack Not Broken," which spotlights the gripping plight of a woman battling crack cocaine addiction. This profound work not only made it to the Oprah Winfrey show but emerged as an inspiring segment in an HBO addiction series.We’ll explore the intricate web of addiction, the role art plays in healing, and the gritty realities of an artist's life. Paul’s firsthand account of his experiences will unravel the financial and emotional fabric of an artistic career and the toll it can take.We also touch on the moving story of Lisa, whose journey to recovery after the spotlight shines on the human cost of addiction and the ripple effect on families and communities. Paul's unwavering belief in the power of art and storytelling manifests as a beacon of hope, not just for those grappling with addiction but for creatives everywhere.In our conversation, we divert into the contemporary issue of technology, examining its addictive nature and its impact on personal relationships and society at large. Paul draws parallels between substance addiction and our growing dependency on social media, bringing critical attention to the way these platforms are reshaping our interactions.Through highs and lows, Paul Perrier's story is one of resilience and dedication. "Cracked Wide Open" stands as a testament to his journey and as an offering of solace and motivation for those struggling. Get Paul Perrier's book here: https://a.co/d/6Qry01W Please visit our websites here: https://therehab.com and https://drleeds.com.
    36 min. 41 sec.
  • Eric Fisher and The Martial Art of Recovery: A Fresh Perspective on Addiction Recovery

    7 MAR 2024 · Eric Fisher's life story is one that intertwines the discipline of martial arts with the transformative power of recovery. As a young man, Eric was captivated by the mystique and philosophy of martial arts. Eric's imagination was sparked by the imagery he associated with martial arts: mastery, focus, and an indomitable spirit.This fascination led Eric down a path of dedication and resilience, eventually culminating in his own journey of personal recovery. Recognizing the potent parallels between the teachings of martial arts and the process of recovering from life's challenges, Eric went on to author a book. His work explores this unique nexus, sharing insights on how the focus and discipline learned in martial arts can be leveraged to aid in recovery and personal growth. Eric's story is a testament to the power of integrating these two worlds, and through his book, he hopes to inspire others to find balance and strength within themselves. In this episode of The Rehab, host Dr. Mark Leeds is joined by guest Eric Fisher to discuss Eric's upcoming book, "The Martial Art of Recovery." The book aims to provide practical and down-to-earth concepts that can aid those in recovery from addiction. Eric shares his excitement about the unique approach to recovery and draws parallels between martial arts, spirituality, and addiction treatment. The conversation goes into various addictions, the challenges of treating substances like cocaine and cannabis, and the complexities of dependence and addiction. The episode concludes with a look at pre-order details and how to connect with Eric Fisher. Join us for this enlightening discussion on addiction and recovery. Please visit our websites here: https://therehab.com and https://drleeds.com.
    26 min. 59 sec.
  • Escaping the Grip of Technology Addiction: Dr. Nicholas Kardaras on Digital Madness

    6 MAR 2024 · Dr. Nicholas Kardaras is recognized as a leading expert in the field of addiction psychology, a reputation earned through his pioneering investigations into a pressing concern of the modern social landscape. His journey into this area of expertise is a personal one; having battled and overcome substance addiction himself, he proudly stands with 24 years of personal recovery experience. Kardaras has been an integral part of the mental health community, working within treatment centers, overseeing programs, and imparting knowledge as a professor at Stony Brook Medicine. About a decade ago, his keen observations led him to identify an alarming trend: individuals of all ages, from children to adults, were increasingly exhibiting signs of addictive behavior triggered by the digital world—ranging from gaming-related psychosis to social media-induced indoctrination. Dr. Kardaras continues to distinguish himself through a deep commitment to understanding and combatting the digital dependencies that threaten the well-being of society. His story is one of personal triumph and professional dedication, a combination that allows him to serve as both a witness and a warrior in the fight against addiction. In this episode, we explore the digital world’s darkest corners with our esteemed guest, Dr. Nicholas Kardaras. As an expert on digital addiction, Dr. Kardaras brings to light the shocking truths about social media’s impact on mental health, particularly among adolescents. We’ll explore lawsuits aimed at making tech giants accountable for toxic content and discuss why these platforms’ algorithms could be seen as complicit in the growing mental health crisis.Join us as we compare the influence of tech companies with that of drug dealers, dissect the intentional and addictive design of online platforms, and consider the troubling effects on developing minds. Dr. Kardaras, a psychologist with firsthand recovery experience, will share chilling insights from his books, including "Digital Madness," on how screen time can lead to physical, psychological, and social detriments.Prepare for a candid conversation about the modern tech landscape, the urgent need for age-appropriate tech use, and strategies for building a healthier, more resilient next generation. It’s a timely discussion that calls for critical thinking, moderation, and a revolution in our relationship with technology. Please visit Dr. Kardaras here: https://www.drkardaras.com/ Please visit our websites here: https://therehab.com and https://drleeds.com.
    32 min. 54 sec.
  • Caught in the Crosshairs of American Healthcare by Lloyd Sederer, M.D.

    13 GEN 2024 · Dr. Lloyd I. Sederer, MD, is a distinguished psychiatrist, public health expert, and prolific non-fiction author. He is an Adjunct Professor at the Columbia University School of Public Health. He has served as as the Chief Medical Officer/Executive Vice President of McLean Hospital, a Harvard teaching hospital; Mental Health Commissioner of New York City (in the Bloomberg administration); and Chief Medical Officer of the New York State Office of Mental Health, the nation's largest state Mental Health Agency, Dr. Sederer has played pivotal roles in shaping mental health policies and responses. He's renowned for leading major mental health disaster responses, notably for the events of September 11th and the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Dr. Sederer has been recognized with numerous awards, such as the Doctor of the Year award from The National Council on Behavioral Health; he has also served as a Rockefeller Foundation Scholar in Residence and received the Exemplary Psychiatrist Award from the National Alliance on Mental Illness. His professional association, the American Psychiatric Association (APA), named him Psychiatric Administrator of the Year, and in a different year, he received the APA's award for Excellence in Teaching Residents. Dr. Sederer has published 14 books, the first seven for medical professionals (two with multiple editions) and, more recently, seven for a general audience. He has published approximately 500 articles for print and online publications, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Scientific American, The Lancet, Medscape, The Atlantic, The Tennessean, Commonweal, and US News and World Report (where he wrote an Opinion column). He was Medical Editor for Mental Health at the HuffPost, where more than 100 of his articles, audios, and videos appeared. Currently, he is a Contributing Writer for Psychology Today (with more than 100 articles to his name), Psychiatric Times, and The New York Journal of Books. Dr. Sederer lives in Concord, New Hampshire, with his wife and dog. His extensive expertise makes him a compelling guest for our podcast, where we'll explore his insights on mental health, public health, and the evolving landscape of healthcare. In this episode of "The Rehab," host Mark Leeds, D.O., and guest Lloyd Sederer, M.D., engage in a thought-provoking discussion about the complexities of the American healthcare system. Dr. Sederer, a distinguished psychiatrist and public health expert, sheds light on the challenges faced within the industry, drawing from his extensive experience. The conversation touches on various issues, from the influence of for-profit corporations to the impact on patient care and the healthcare workforce. Dr. Sederer shares compelling insights from his latest book, "Caught in the Crosshairs of American Healthcare," where he outlines the pervasive influence of profit-driven entities and offers potential solutions for patients, healthcare professionals, and the judicial system. Join Mark Leeds and Dr. Lloyd Sederer as they delve into this critical analysis of the American healthcare landscape and explore actionable measures to address its complexities. Visit Dr. Lloyd Sederer at https://askdrlloyd.com. Please visit our websites here: https://therehab.com and https://drleeds.com.
    25 min. 13 sec.
  • Susan Bartz Herrick: Slow Dancing With the Devil

    3 DIC 2023 · In this episode of "The Rehab," Dr. Leeds, engages in a deep and thoughtful conversation with Susan Bartz Herrick, MFA, EdD, the author of "Slow Dancing with the Devil: A Son's Substance Use Disorder, A Mother's Anguish." This episode is a profound exploration into the heart-wrenching realities of substance use disorders, illuminated through Susan's personal experience with her son's addiction. The discussion poignantly highlights the emotional turmoil and challenges that families face in this battle. Addiction can ensnare even the most brilliant and creative minds, drawing a poignant analogy to superheroes weakened by their own form of kryptonite. The dialogue that unfolds is both profound and intricate, offering a multi-dimensional perspective on addiction, its treatment, and the opioid crisis. Susan recounts her family's distressing journey, providing a stark portrayal of the struggles and obstacles encountered in dealing with opioid addiction. The narrative touches on the initial prescription medication abuse leading to addiction, the arduous search for effective treatment, and the broader implications of these experiences on countless other families. The episode offers an intimate look at Susan's son's valiant battle with addiction, revealing the complexities of treatment access, the devastating cycles of relapse, and the lethal risks of Fentanyl addiction. This segment contributes significantly to a moving and impactful conversation on the realities of substance use disorders. They discuss the complexities of addiction treatment, focusing on the role of dopamine depletion and the challenges of addressing it effectively. Through a blend of personal stories and expert insights, Susan and Dr. Leeds discuss the utilization of Suboxone in managing dopamine levels, while also highlighting the disturbing scarcity of affordable Suboxone treatment in areas like North Carolina. Their discussion further explores the broader landscape of addiction treatment, emphasizing the dire need for accessible, effective care and the importance of dismantling stigma through education. They critically assess the pharmaceutical industry's role in marketing medications such as Suboxone and Vivitrol, as well as the ethical issues and widespread consequences of their actions. Dr. Leeds and Susan address the stigmatization and criminalization of addiction treatment, underlining the urgent need to bridge the gap between scientific understanding and public perception. Their discussion challenges prevailing misconceptions, educates about effective treatment options, and stresses the critical importance of heightened awareness and access to addiction treatment services. In examining the broader societal and healthcare contexts, the conversation covers a range of issues from the criminal aspects of opioid medications and informed consent challenges to the evolving attitudes towards pain treatment within medical communities. This episode of "The Rehab" is a stark reminder of the urgent necessity to confront the opioid crisis, advocating for expanded knowledge, resources, and compassion in tackling addiction. Through personal stories and expert knowledge, it presents a compelling and essential exploration of addiction, treatment, and the societal challenges entwined with the opioid crisis. Listeners are bound to be deeply affected, enlightened, and motivated by this episode, prompting crucial reflections on the complexities of addiction, the essential need for accessible treatment, and the transformative impact of education and awareness in addressing the opioid crisis. Please visit Susan Bartz Herrick here: https://www.susanbartzherrick.com
    1 h 6 min. 24 sec.
  • The Mapmaker's Path: Navigating Trauma, Addiction, and Self-Discovery with Lorraine Nilon

    18 NOV 2023 · Welcome back to another captivating episode of The Rehab, where we explore the depths of personal growth, self-reflection, and overcoming addiction. In this highly anticipated installment, host Mark Leeds, D.O., welcomes esteemed guest Lorraine Nilon, spiritual explorer and author. Join us as we delve into the profound journey of reconnecting with our inner truth, embracing authenticity, and navigating the complexities of recovery. In this episode, Mark and Lorraine dive deep into the importance of acknowledging and honoring our emotions, shedding light on the fear and resistance many individuals face when confronted with their true selves. Together, they highlight the detrimental effects of suppressing emotions and carrying negative beliefs and baggage, emphasizing the crucial role of self-reflection in the recovery process. Lorraine's unique perspective on spirituality brings a whole new dimension to the discussion. Drawing from personal encounters with the supernatural, she discusses her belief in experiences beyond the physical world and the significance of individual souls within the vastness of the universe. Through exploration and a personal relationship with the unknown, Lorraine encourages listeners to go beyond belief systems and develop a friendship with the mysterious. The conversation takes an illuminating turn as Mark recounts his own journey and realization that he is meant to work independently rather than for others. Layered with personal anecdotes and insights, he shares his transition into podcasting and the profound sense of fulfillment he derives from sharing information through this powerful medium. Throughout the episode, Lorraine's expertise in helping people through the recovery process shines through. She provides valuable wisdom and practical advice, reminding us of the importance of finding what resonates with us individually, rather than succumbing to societal expectations or belief systems that do not align with our own truth. As the conversation unfolds, Lorraine delves into the transformative power of self-reflection and its role in nurturing personal growth and finding inner peace. She speaks passionately about her work with childhood abuse victims and addiction to victimhood, offering valuable insights on understanding oneself, addressing deep-seated emotions, and cultivating a sense of purpose in life. Listeners will also learn about Lorraine's remarkable online course for self-reflection, currently running a special until December, as well as her podcast, "Lorraine Nilon, spiritual explorer," where she continues to guide and inspire others on their journey of self-discovery. So, make sure to tune in to this thought-provoking episode, as Mark Leeds and Lorraine Nilon guide us through the labyrinthine paths of recovery, reconnecting, and rejuvenation. Get ready to embark on an awe-inspiring exploration of the human spirit and find solace in the power that lies within you. Stay tuned! Visit Lorraine Nilon here: https://lorrainenilon.com.au/ And please visit Dr. Mark Leeds here: https://drleeds.com and at our podcast website: https://therehab.com
    49 min. 54 sec.
  • Ladan Eshkevari, PhD of Avesta Ketamine: Ketamine and Brain Healling

    9 OTT 2023 · Welcome back to The Rehab, the podcast dedicated to exploring innovative approaches to healing and recovery. In today's episode, titled "Dr. Ladan Eshkevari of Avesta Ketamine Wellness on How Ketamine Works to Help With Brain Healing," we are joined by the esteemed Dr. Ladan Eshkevari, a renowned expert in the field of ketamine therapy. Our host, Mark Leeds, D.O., delves into the fascinating realm of ketamine and its potential benefits for brain healing. Dr. Eshkevari, with her background in anesthesia, acupuncture, and Chinese medicine, brings a unique perspective to the discussion as she sheds light on the mechanisms behind ketamine's effects on mood disorders and chronic pain. Throughout this episode, you'll discover how ketamine can be a powerful tool in helping patients taper off medications, address chronic pain in Lyme disease patients, and even alleviate symptoms of withdrawal for those struggling with Benzodiazepine dependence. Dr. Eshkevari also emphasizes the importance of a holistic approach to healing, incorporating lifestyle changes, nutrition, and ongoing therapy to maintain the positive effects of ketamine treatments. Join us as we dive into the world of ketamine therapy and explore the potential it holds for brain healing and overall well-being. Stay tuned for an enlightening conversation with Dr. Ladan Eshkevari of Avesta Ketamine Wellness on this intriguing episode of The Rehab! Please visit Dr. Eshkevari at https://avestaketaminewellness.com/. Also, if you find this material interesting and helpful, please visit our podcast website and practice website here: https://drleeds.com and https://therehab.com.
    1 h 24 sec.
  • These Things Happen: A Journey of Addiction, Recovery, Acceptance, and Surrender.

    16 SET 2023 · Michael Eon is a recovering alcoholic and addict who found solace in writing during his journey towards sobriety. As part of the 12-step program of Alcoholics Anonymous, Michael embarked on a moral inventory, which led him to reflect on his past and childhood memories. These recollections triggered powerful emotions of anger and rage as he confronted the consequences of his actions. Encouraged by his wife, Michael began journaling these experiences, eventually shaping them into an experimental story that reflected his personal struggles and the conversations he had with his inner voice. His story evolved into a final book that draws from both his active addiction and recovery experiences. This book will not only resonate with individuals dealing with addiction or alcoholism but also with anyone seeking valuable principles of self-reflection and personal growth. With the release of his book, Michael eagerly awaits the opportunity to share his story and inspire readers to embark on their own transformative journeys. Please visit Michael Eon here: https://www.michaeleonauthor.com/ Also, if you find this interview interesting, please visit our websites: https://therehab.com and https://drleeds.com. Thank you!
    37 min. 5 sec.
  • From Desperation to Recovery: Ketamine's Rapid Relief for Suicidal Ideation

    14 AGO 2023 · Dr. Steven Reichbach, a renowned expert in ketamine therapy, shares remarkable insights on the transformative potential of ketamine for treating suicidality, CRPS (Complex Regional Pain Syndrome), and chronic pain. Dr. Reichbach begins by shedding light on the staggering statistics surrounding suicidality and the urgent need for innovative interventions. He delves into the surprising efficacy of ketamine, sharing how its unique neurochemical mechanisms initiate physical changes in the brain, providing hope for those in acute distress and reducing the reliance on inpatient treatment. But the journey doesn't stop there. Dr. Reichbach enlightens us on the complex nature of CRPS, a severely debilitating condition often misdiagnosed. He shares how ketamine therapy acts as both a diagnostic tool and a treatment approach, mitigating the excruciating pain and improving patients' overall well-being. The fascinating discussion unfolds, highlighting the remarkable potential of ketamine treatment for various chronic pain conditions. While exploring innovative treatment options, the conversation takes an intriguing turn towards the integration of ketamine therapy with medical cannabis. Driven by a patient-centric approach, Dr. Reichbach sheds light on the intersection of these two powerful therapies. He discusses how medical cannabis, when used appropriately and under supervision, can aid patients struggling with anxiety, chronic pain, and insomnia. Furthermore, he examines the positive impact of medical cannabis on the tapering process and withdrawal symptoms of other psychiatric medications. Join us in this riveting episode as we unveil the synergistic potential of ketamine therapy and medical cannabis, offering new hope to those coping with suicidality, CRPS, and chronic pain. Don't miss this enlightening conversation that challenges stigmas, uncovers powerful treatments, and explores the cutting-edge frontier of mental health and pain management. Disclaimer: The content discussed in this podcast is for informational purposes only and should not be considered medical advice. Please consult with a qualified healthcare professional for personalized guidance and treatment options. Contact Dr. Reichbach here: https://www.findpainrelief.com/ Please visit our websites: https://drleeds.com and https://therehab.com
    26 min.

The Rehab show is about overcoming drug addiction. The topics range from medical treatment to spiritual fellowships and psychotherapy. Other forms of therapy will be explored as well. The underlying...

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The Rehab show is about overcoming drug addiction. The topics range from medical treatment to spiritual fellowships and psychotherapy. Other forms of therapy will be explored as well. The underlying theme is that everyone is different and we cannot apply a single method of treatment to all people and expect it to work. Listening carefully to what works and does not work for an individual, treating people with respect and understanding that behaviors caused by addiction are the result of a medical condition are important. Patients presenting for treatment of addiction should be addressed with caring, compassion and understanding.
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