EATING DISORDERS...DISEASES OF DISCONNECTION

July 13, 2021
Hosted by Dr. Patricia Halligan

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Expert, Dr. Mary Tantillo, author of ground breaking "Multifamily Therapy Group for Young Adults with Anorexia Nervosa...Reconnecting for Recovery" (2021), describes eating disorders as "diseases of disconnection." Dr. Tantillo explains that the eating disorder wants to disconnect people from themselves (one's genuine thoughts, feelings, needs and bodily states) and from one other. She has decades of experience leading Multi-Family Groups for people with eating disorders and their families. Dr. Tantillo believes that "the relationship is greater than the sum of its parts" and says that there is more power in a relationship than in an individual. She believes that the family is a huge part of the solution and puts up to 7 patients and their families in the same room every week to heal through connection. Join us as she describes the powerful healing work that occurs in her Multi-Family Groups as patients and their families learn how to nourish and empower the "we" in their relationships. Addiction wants to separate the person with the addiction from loved ones. Naming these disconnections, learning to separate the person from the addiction (in this case the eating disorder) and learning how to stay connected to self and others in spite of the eating disorder are discussed. Dr. Tantillo teaches certain emotional and relational skills that can help the person and the family heal and recover from eating disorders. This episode can be helpful for any person suffering from an eating disorder and anyone who cares about them.

RECOVERY…THE HERO’S JOURNEY

RECOVERY…THE HERO’S JOURNEY

Tuesday at 12 Noon Pacific Time on VoiceAmerica Health and Wellness Channel

RECOVERY: THE HERO’S JOURNEY provides best practice information and support to people struggling with Substance Use Disorders/Process Addictions and Prescription Drug Dependence. We confront the stigma surrounding Opioid Use Disorder and Benzodiazepine Dependence, understanding that both are the direct result of an overprescribing epidemic. We discuss Buprenorphine, a first line, long term treatment for Opioid Use Disorder. We validate people struggling with Benzodiazepine Dependence (ie-Xanax/Klonopin), and offer resources and a recovery plan.

Experts explore Eating Disorders, Sex Addiction, PTSD, and the effects of today’s Cannabis on teens and young adults, offering guidance and resources to individuals struggling with these issues and their families. This podcast gracefully combines interviews with experts in the field and patient stories of recovery and redemption. The show is about connection, reclaiming personal integrity and hope.

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Dr. Patricia Halligan

Dr. Patricia Halligan

Dr. Patricia Halligan is an Addiction Psychiatrist, who specializes in the treatment of patients diagnosed with Substance Use Disorders, Prescription Drug Dependency and Process Addictions. She completed a residency in Psychiatry at Cornell-The New York Hospital, followed by a Fellowship in Addiction Psychiatry at the Medical University of South Carolina in 1998. Dr. Halligan is double board certified in General Psychiatry and Addiction Psychiatry and is a trained CSAT (Certified Sex Addiction Therapist). Believing in the healing power of connection, she trained at the Center for Group Studies in NYC and runs modern analytic group therapy for people in recovery.

Dr. Halligan has been prescribing Buprenorphine in her private practice since 2003 and continues to be a strong advocate for patients with Opioid Use Disorder throughout the Opioid Epidemic. She has spent the last two decades in the trenches of two tragic epidemics caused by the overprescribing of both Opioids and Benzodiazepines.

Aware that the lack of addiction training in medicine has largely contributed to both epidemics, she has resolved to devote some time to teaching. She creates CME accredited addiction education videos and training workshops for health care providers. Dr. Halligan decided to create this show to support people who are taking the hero’s journey into recovery and their families. You’ll hear interviews with experts surrounding best practices, and embrace the elimination of stigma.

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