Episode #03 - 12/10/18

Mark Willenbring MD, DFAPA

Dr. Mark Willenbring is an internationally recognized addiction psychiatrist who has been pioneering new ways to treat alcohol and drug use disorders for over 30 years. Dr. Willenbring was featured in the HBO Addiction Special, has appeared on CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC national broadcasts, and has been quoted in the New York Times, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Houston Chronicle, and the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. As Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Minnesota, his research focused on better ways to manage chronic complex conditions, where substance use, mental, and physical disorders are often combined. Within the VA Healthcare System, he was a leader in implementing research findings into clinical practice. Dr. Willenbring then moved to the National Institutes of Health, in Bethesda, MD, where he directed the Division responsible for funding research grants on alcohol treatment and recovery to Universities across the US. While there, he became aware that new knowledge and tools resulting from NIH funding of alcohol and drug treatment were not being made available to the people who needed them. The current addiction treatment system is not built on science, but on an antiquated rehab model that has not changed much since 1955. So when he left NIH to return to Minnesota, he was determined to stimulate transformative change in addiction treatment in America. Alltyr was formed in 2012 with that purpose, and the first Alltyr Clinic opened in St. Paul, MN, in 2013, to demonstrate a rehab alternative.

Episode #02 - 12/03/18

Stanton Peele Ph.D, Psychologist, Psychotherapist, Attorney, Author

Peele lectures internationally on the meaning, treatment, and future of addiction. All Treatment awarded him the Best Academic Addiction Blog for 2012. Dr. Peele has developed the on-line Life Process Addiction Program. His most recent book (with Ilse Thompson) is Recover! Stop Thinking Like an Addict and Reclaim Your Life with The Life Process Program. Since the publication of Love and Addiction in 1975, Dr. Peele has been a pioneer in applying addiction beyond the area of drugs and alcohol, social-environmental causes of addiction, harm reduction, and self-cure of addiction.

Peele is the author of twelve books, including Love and Addiction (1975), The Meaning of Addiction (1985/1998), Diseasing of America (1989), The Truth about Addiction and Recovery (with Archie Brodsky and Mary Arnold, 1991), Resisting 12-Step Coercion (with Charles Bufe and Archie Brodsky, 2001), 7 Tools to Beat Addiction (2004), Addiction-Proof Your Child (2007), and “Recover! Stop Thinking Like an Addict” (with Ilse Thompson, 2014), as well as 250 other professional publications.

Episode #01- 11/26/18

Mike Pond and Maureen Palmer

Mike Pond – is a Vancouver-based psychotherapist specializing in addiction treatment. Thirty years of practice combined with his own battle with an Alcohol Use Disorder convinced Mike that harm reduction, using evidence-based scientific treatment delivered with compassion, can be transformative. Pond received his Master’s in Social Work from the University of British Columbia in 1995. He worked in Forensic Psychiatric Services and Mental Health and Addictions Services for the British Columbia Government and for Health Canada and the First Nations Health Authority. He began private practice in 1995. He’s an avid blogger, in-demand speaker and informed advocate for better addictions and mental health treatment.

Maureen Palmer – After two award-winning decades at the CBC, where she held senior producer positions in both radio and television, Palmer left in 2000 to series produce for American broadcasters TLC and the Discovery Channel. Shortly after, she and partner Helen Slinger formed Bountiful Films. The duo has produced a string of powerful and critically acclaimed hit documentaries. Maureen’s most recent writing and directing credits include How to Divorce & Not Wreck the Kids, Cat Crazed, Sext Up Kids (for Dream Street Pictures), and Angry Kids & Stressed Out Parents – all for CBC’s Doc Zone. Maureen is also an accomplished Lifestyle and Factual producer/writer/director. Sample credits include the pilot for The Food Network’s Glutton for Punishment, The Week the Women Went for CBC Television, and Border Security, for National Geographic and Global TV.