Alcoholism and Family with Sis Wenger, President & CEO, National Association for Children of Alcoholics

November 4, 2013
Hosted by Mary Woods

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Today’s episode will focus on educating our audience on the effects of growing up in a family where there is active alcoholism, what does recovery look like, what are effective treatments and information on the National Association for Children of Alcoholics (NACoA).

One Hour AT A Time

One Hour AT A Time

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

Recovery, whether it is from substance abuse or a mental illness, or both requires a treatment plan, which in many cases is as effective as treatments for other chronic illnesses. “One Hour AT A Time” will increase awareness about recovery and decrease the discrimination against individuals in the recovery process. Host Mary Woods, will help people understand the recovery of adults and families living with co-occurring substance use disorders and psychotic and/or affective illness over the course of a lifetime. Helping individuals develop the skills and knowledge they need to take personal responsibility for their health and supporting individuals in their efforts to get on with life beyond illness has been Mary’s mission and she now brings that mission to the airwaves. Broadcasting live on VoiceAmerica Health and Wellness every Monday afternoon at 12 PM Pacific, “One Hour AT A Time” – where recovery begins with education.

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Mary Woods

Mary Woods

Mary is the CEO of WestBridge Community Services. She is also a Registered Nurse and a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor with more than 25 years experience in substance abuse services and community mental health programs. Mary has conducted extensive workshops and trainings with a primary focus in Motivational Interviewing, Stages of Change Theory and Integrated Treatment of Co-occurring Disorders. She is also a contributor to the development of the Integrated Dual Disorders Treatment Practitioners and Clinical Supervisors Workbook and Practice Demonstration Video. Mary was the Chairperson of the NH State Board of Licensing for Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Professionals. She has been a member of the NH Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselor’s Association since 1984, and has served as the Northeast Regional Vice President for the NAADAC, the Association of Addiction Professionals, President of NAADAC and is currently past president of NAADAC.

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Stefanie Carnes, Ph.D.

Stefanie Carnes, Ph.D. is the President of the International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals, and a senior fellow for Meadows Behavioral Healthcare where she works with sexually addicted clients and their families. She is a licensed marriage and family therapist and an AAMFT approved supervisor. Dr. Carnes is also a certified sex addiction therapist and supervisor, specializing in therapy for couples and families struggling with sexual addiction. She is also the author of numerous publications including her books, Mending a Shattered Heart: A Guide for Partners of Sex Addicts, Facing Heartbreak: Steps to Recovery for Partners of Sex Addicts, and Facing Addiction: Starting Recovery from Alcohol and Drugs. View Guest page

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Karen Carpenter-Palumbo

Karen Carpenter-Palumbo is the new President/CEO of NAATP and began her new position on April 4, 2011. Prior to accepting the position, Ms. Carpenter-Palumbo served as Commissioner of the State of New York Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services from 2007 through 2010. She also has extensive experience working in the mental health field and other health related organizations, as well as in the insurance industry. She has been a strong advocate for both the private and public sectors of the addiction treatment field, and brings that strong commitment to the field to her new position at NAATP. Carpenter-Palumbo holds a Master of Social Work degree, and has been the recipient of many awards for the work she has done in the addiction field, among them the 2010 SAMHSA Science and Service Award, the 2010 Spirit Award from the international Nurses Society on Addictions, and the 2009 Ramstad-Kennedy Award for Outstanding Leadership. View Guest page

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Elizabeth Carpenter-Song

Elizabeth Carpenter-Song, Ph.D., is a medical and psychological anthropologist. She studied anthropology at Dartmouth College (A.B., 2001) before pursuing graduate studies in anthropology at Case Western Reserve University (Ph.D., 2007). She received postdoctoral training in culture and mental health in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School through a National Institute of Mental Health Fellowship. She is currently Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Community and Family Medicine at the Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Center. Her work explores lived experiences of mental illness and the contemporary context of mental health services in the U.S. Much of her research focuses on the lives of people of color and people living in poverty in the U.S. She conducts research among individuals living with severe mental illness and addictions in Washington, D.C. in the context of a research and training collaboration between Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Center and Howard University funded by the National Institute for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR RRTC H133AO80063; PI: R. Whitley). View Guest page

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Joey Carroll

Joey Carroll made his way onto the comedy scene on a dare. His first open mike got him his first paid gig. Joey has been described as a cross between George Carlin and Dennis Miller. His no holds barred style has won him the respect of his fellow comedians and the laughter of his audiences. Edgy is his favorite way to work. His act has something for everyone. Joey Carroll’s comedy has taken him around the world. While performing at Los Angeles’ prestigious Improv he was discovered by AKA Productions and immediately booked to use his sharp wit and flawless comic timing to bring much needed laughter to our troops around the world. Most recently Joey Carroll was a standout act at the Boston Comedy Festival. While appearing in the Hazardous show Joey was selected to perform at the Best of the Fest showcase. While performing with Bobcat Goldthwait during the Montreal Comedy Festival he was cast to appear with Bobcat in Comedy Central’s Pulp Comics. Joey’s clean observational comedy makes him a perfect act for just about any venue. Joey’s website is View Guest page

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Ralph E. Carson, LD RD PhD

Ralph E. Carson, LD, RD, PhD, has been involved in the clinical treatment of addictions, obesity, and eating disorders for over 30 years using a neuropsychobiological approach. With a BS from Duke University and BHS from Duke University Medical School, coupled with a BS in nutrition from Oakwood College and a PhD in nutrition from Auburn University, he offers a unique understanding of health, wellness, exercise, and nutrition and how they all affect brain health. He currently consults with numerous addiction and eating disorder treatment centers throughout the country as well as being a highly sought-after speaker at various conferences and workshops. He is an active board member of the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (IAEDP). Working with Academy Medical Systems, he developed workshops for professional groups throughout the United States on topics such as exercise therapy, sports nutrition, eating disorders, and childhood obesity. View Guest page

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Dr. Hilarie Cash, PhD, LMHC

Dr. Hilarie Cash, PhD, LMHC is the executive director of reSTART, an Internet Addiction Recovery Program in Fall City WA. The reSTART program is the first dedicated in-patient facility for video game and internet addicts in North America The reSTART: Internet Addiction Recovery Program is specifically oriented towards launching tech-dependent youth and adults back into the real world. The individually tailored program is designed to assist participants with an Internet and/or computer-based behavioral addiction to break the cycle of dependency. The 45-day abstinence based recovery program exposes participants to a variety of activities and everyday life skills which are often avoided or underdeveloped as a result of ongoing computer, video game and Internet abuse. Dr. Cash is also the author of Video Games and Your Kids. Video Games and Your Kids is for parents who are worried that their children may be spending too much time playing video games. Based on research and the authors' clinical experience, the book explains what gaming addiction is, how much gaming is too much, and the affects gaming has on the body and brain. The authors give gaming advice on each stage of life; birth-2 years, ages 2-6, elementary school years, adolescence, and adult children still living at home. Where there is a problem, the authors provide parents with tools that will help the parents successfully set appropriate limits for their children. It also explains the need to consult with professionals and use the process of formal interventions when the addiction is so severe that the parents are no longer able to manage the situation. View Guest page

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Sierra Castedo

Sierra Castedo is the Director of The Center for Students in Recovery at The University of Texas at Austin. Sierra became involved in collegiate recovery first as a student in need, and now serves the Center that changed her life. She is the Southwest Region Representative on the board of the Association of Recovery in Higher Education, a Peer Recovery Support Specialist, a founding member of the Recovery Oriented Community Collaborative (ROCC), a founding member of Young People in Recovery – Austin, a graduate of SAMHSA’s Project LIFT, and is finishing an MA at UT Austin. View Guest page

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Tom Catton

Tom Catton has been in long-term recovery for thirty-nine years. His story appears in a twelve-step fellowship text with more than seven million copies in circulation around the world. Tom is invited to speak in the US and internationally several times a year at twelve-step conventions in front of audiences ranging from 500 to 10,000 people. He has been taking twelve-step meetings into the prison system in Hawaii since 1984. He has been active in service positions over the years, including serving on a committee that met for over three years to write a recovery text for a twelve-step fellowship. Tom is on the advisory board of the Buddhist Recovery Network, and is also trained in Tibetan singing bowl therapy. He leads a Buddhist recovery meditation group that meets twice a month in Hawaii. Catton is the author of a book titled “The Mindful Addict: A Memoir of the Awakening of a Spirit”. The book illustrates how spiritual connection and the practice of meditation can promote healing and enhance recovery. The book also emphasizes how an addict’s life can be changed through the guidance of a Higher Power and living a life of humble service based on love and selflessness. View Guest page

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Sheri Chambers

Sheri Chambers is the Digital Content Manager and has been with the Orange County Library System since October 1994. She holds a MLS from the University of South Florida. Currently she leads the Digital Content Team in the creation of digital products. View Guest page

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Richard Cheu

Richard Cheu is an author, ordained deacon and hospital chaplain in the Archdiocese of New York, stress-management consultant, and caregiver. He provides pastoral counseling at Bellevue Hospital, the Visiting Nurse Service inpatient hospice, and other New York City medical facilities. He formerly was a neurophysiologist and Emergency Medical Technician. An undergraduate research fellow in embryology at Stanford University, he received a B.A. degree in Biological Sciences, and an M.A. in biology with a specialization in endocrinology at the University of Oregon. He received a M.B.A. at the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. View Guest page

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Arthur P. Ciaramicoli, Ed.D., Ph.D.

Arthur P. Ciaramicoli, Ed.D., Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist who has been treating clients for more than 35 years. He is the Chief Medical Officer of a popular mental health site. He is also a member of the American Psychological Association and the Massachusetts Psycho-logical Association. Currently in private practice, Dr. Ciaramicoli has been on the faculty of Harvard Medical School, lecturer for the American Cancer Society, Chief Psychologist at Metrowest Medical Center, and director of the Metrowest Counseling Center and of the Alternative Medicine division of Metrowest Wellness Center in Framingham, Massachusetts.
In addition to treating patients, Dr. Ciaramicoli has lectured at Harvard Health Services, Boston College Counseling Center, the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore as well as being a consultant to several major corporations. Dr. Ciaramicoli has appeared on numerous TV and radio shows and is also the author of several books. View Guest page

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Ruchama Clapman

Ruchama Clapman Founder and Executive Director Mothers and Fathers Aligned Saving Kids (MASK) View Guest page

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Bud Clayman

Director, Writer, Principal Subject Bud was a young adult in college (Radio-Television-Film; Temple University) when mental illness struck. Over the years, he has been diagnosed with Major Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and most recently with Asperger’s Syndrome. As a filmmaker, Bud’s vision of this documentary is clear. “I want people to understand that there is more to mental illness than pain and problems. My recovery is about acceptance and getting on with life.” View Guest page

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Dr. Diego L. Coira

Dr. Diego Coira is Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine and Director of The Debra Simon Center for Integrated Behavioral Health and Wellness at Hackensack University Medical Center. He is board certified in Psychiatry and Psychosomatic Medicine. Dr. Coira was named to the 2014 list of Best New York Doctors by New York Magazine as well as being selected by Castle Conelly's list of 2014 top doctors in psychiatry. He is also the recipient of the 2002 Harvey J. Shwed Memorial Award for Teaching Excellence from New Jersey Medical School and the Institute for Nursing 2009 APPLE Award acknowledging Physician Partners Liaison Excellence. Dr. Coira and his team successfully integrated the acute care inpatient psychiatric unit into a medical psychiatric unit over eight years ago. This year he expanded the concept of integrative services to the outpatient Behavioral Health Division in a newly designed Wellness Center. View Guest page

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Crystal Collier, PhD, LPC-S

Director of the Behavioral Health Institute, Houston

Dr. Crystal Collier has been working with adolescents and adults suffering from mental illness, behavior disorders, and substance abuse since 1991. She has been licensed by the State of Texas as a professional counselor since 1999 and counselor supervisor since 2008. She possesses a master’s degree in clinical psychology and a doctorate in counselor education. Her area of expertise includes adolescent brain development, prevention programming, independent living skills training, parent coaching, and training new clinicians. Crystal is currently the Director of the Behavioral Health Institute and the Choices Prevention Program for The Council on Alcohol and Drugs Houston. Her innovative, comprehensive prevention program, Choices, recently was selected for the 2015 Prevention and Education Commendation from the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence. View Guest page

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Holly Cook

Holly is a licensed professional counselor/mental health service provider who brings 25 years experience in the addictions and mental health fields to the Integrative Life Center. She has had the opportunity to receive training over the years with several of the "masters" in the therapy field such as Jay Haley, Chloe Madanes, Luigi Boscolo and William Glasser. In addition to her clinical training and experience, Holly has managed several programs and received numerous awards for her leadership in the United States and Germany. As an international trainer and consultant, Holly has provided training on various topics such as trauma and addiction, Motivational Interviewing, adolescent development and treating adolescent substance abuse, developing trauma-informed services and creating effective treatment systems for women on welfare. View Guest page

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Benjamin Cort

Business Development/Admissions/Community LiaisonCeDAR/University of Colorado Hospital View Guest page

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Mary Covington President Denials Management, Inc.

Mary Covington is President of Denials Management, Inc., a healthcare advocacy firm specializing in medical and mental health billing, claims and appeals. Mary’s experience in healthcare spans 45 years. Mary started Claims Management, Inc. in 1990, and collected hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue for providers. Denials Management, Inc. was started in 2002 and included development of two revenue enhancing software products for healthcare providers. Mary has testified as an insurance expert witness, has consulted with healthcare providers on fraud and abuse, clinical and administrative denials, contracting, and billing. Mary now works primarily with families facing challenging insurance issues related to long-term mental health claims associated with adolescent/young-adult residential and outdoor behavioral health treatment programs. She is continually fighting to recoup funds for families whose claims have been denied. View Guest page

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Steven Crawford, M.D.

Steven Crawford, M.D. is a Board Certified Psychiatrist and the Associate Director of The Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt. Dr. Crawford has served in a leadership role with The Center for over twenty years, during which the program has grown into a 26-bed facility and become one of the leading eating disorder treatment centers in the country. Dr. Crawford completed his medical training at The University of Maryland School of Medicine and continues to serve on the faculty there, where he teaches medical students about the identification and treatment of eating disorders. He also serves as a lead investigator in federally funded research grants, is a recent past president of the Maryland Psychiatric Society and currently serves as Chair of Med Chi’s Committee on Scientific Activity. Over the past several years, Dr. Crawford has been named by Baltimore Magazine as one of the city’s “Top Doctors” and was recently recognized by The Daily Record as one of Baltimore’s “2010 Health Care Heroes.” View Guest page

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Mary Lou Darst

As a child, Mary Lou Darst traveled the world with her military family. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Literature, a Master of Science in Multicultural Studies and a Bachelor of Arts in Visual and Applied Design. Darst has taught English language arts in public schools for 20 years and English as a Second Language for six years at three junior colleges. View Guest page

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Charles “Bud” Dasey

Charles “Bud” Dasey was a 19-year-old sailor when he landed on Normandy 70 years ago. Now 89, he travels around with his "D-Day in a box" exhibit, visiting schools and museums teaching children about what happened there. The one box of D - Day memorabilia has grown to several boxes over the years. Dasey and his wife also made a 3-D model of the invasion that contains hundreds of small pieces.

Dasey also had the opportunity to return to Normandy a few years ago and added two items to his D - Day box collection. He still lives in the Boston area and attends many civic and veteran events View Guest page

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Diane Davey

Diane Davey is the Program Director at the OCD Institute, a residential treatment program and research site at McLean Hospital, specializing in the treatment of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. She is also the President of the Obsessive Compulsive Foundation, a national advocacy group dedicated to educating people about OCD, helping patients find appropriate treatment, training treatment providers, and raising money for research. Davey received her undergraduate degree in Nursing from Boston College and her Masters in Business Administration from Boston University. Prior to working at the OCD Institute, she worked in several other capacities at McLean Hospital, and was also the Program Director of an independent venture called Community Based Services, which provided in-home services primarily to patients with OCD. View Guest page

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Brenda Davis

Brenda Davis lives with her husband of 24 years in Cordova, TN with their five dogs. Brenda graduated from Oklahoma State University in 1975 with a Veterinary Medicine Degree. She practiced veterinary medicine in a mixed animal practice which she owned and operated for 25 years in Hope, AR. Brenda also worked for the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service as a Supervisory Public Health Veterinarian and retired in 2012. Brenda and her husband, Hugh, have a blended family of 6 children and 16 grandchildren. View Guest page

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Tom Davis

Tom Davis is the Jersey Shore regional editor at He was previously an award-winning editor and reporter in New Jersey for The Record of Bergen County where he wrote “Coping”, one of the nation’s only mental health columns, for five years. He was named "Citizen of the Year" in 2007 by the American Psychiatric Association's New Jersey chapter. He also teaches journalism classes at Rutgers University and has taught a groundbreaking course on mental health issues in the media at Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey. He was one of six people in the nation to win the Rosalynn Carter Mental Health Journalism Fellowship in 2004. Tom is also the editor, writer and publisher of Coping with Life blog, which deals with life, family and mental health. He holds a M.S. degree from Columbia University. View Guest page

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Mary Jo DeGrandi

Mary Jo DeGrandi is the Director of Admissions at the Academy at Swift River, a therapeutic boarding school located in western Massachusetts. For the past 20 years, Mary Jo has worked as an educator and clinician specializing in adolescents and families in many settings, including therapeutic boarding schools, therapeutic wilderness programs, and residential treatment centers, as well as in traditional and non-traditional academic environments. She brings this hands-on experience and understanding of the continuum of care for adolescents to her work with families. Her goal of providing the best information and guidance to families in need is supported by the philosophy of care within the Aspen Education Group, as well as by the professionalism and ethics of her colleagues who work for and with the Academy. View Guest page

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Mary Jo DeGrandi

Mary Jo DeGrandi is the Director of Outreach & Marketing at PRN for Families. She has been has been working with families and youth at-risk youth for over 20 years, and holds a Master’s degree in Ecopsychology, which focuses on the connection between human behavior, health, and the natural environment. She has professional experience working in both therapeutic and academic settings. View Guest page

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Michael DeLeon

Michael R. DeLeon is the founder of Steered Straight, Inc. a non-profit organization designed to carry a message regarding the extreme dangers of drugs, gang-involvement and criminal activity. Michael also founded the Project Pride Program while incarcerated in prison which messages that consequences are severe and life-lasting. Michael is an ex-offender who after nearly 8 years of drug addiction and gangs, spent 12 years in prison and half-way houses for a gang-related homicide. Since Michael’s release from prison, he has earned 3 Associates Degrees, a Baccalaureate Degree in Business Management, with a minor in Criminal Justice and a CADC Educational Certificate. Michael is now obtaining his Master’s Degree in Addictions Counseling and pursuing his LCADC. Michael has appeared as a Keynote Speaker and presented workshops on Addiction Disorders and is currently producing a documentary film on marijuana with Congressman Patrick Kennedy and former ONDCP Deputy Director Kevin Sabet. View Guest page

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Michael R. DeLeon, Director and Producer, MarijuanaX

From the Producer and Director who was the first to address the heroin and opiate epidemic in New Jersey through film, Kids Are Dying, and who later went on to document the national epidemic in An American Epidemic, Michael DeLeon brings you the most poignant and relevant documentary on marijuana to date. MarijuanaX takes you on a journey of what was promised and what has transpired. This film challenges the mainstream media’s take on marijuana like never before. Meet people affected by the drug that most think is harmless. Listen to people in Colorado who have been devastated by the drug, talk about what is really taking place. This is a film that will make everyone question their positions, however it will surely make you look at the issue differently. View Guest page

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William Francis “Bill” Denehy

William Francis “Bill” Denehy is a former major league baseball player for the New York Mets. Once considered a top prospect, sharing his rookie card with Tom Seaver, “Baseball Bill” badly injured his arm the first month of his career. Bill unsuccessfully tried to stay in baseball with the aid of multiple cortisone shots, which exacerbated his long-time struggles with anger and addiction. He later coached the University of Hartford, was a minor league pitching coach for the Boston Red Sox, and a radio announcer. He is now in long-term recovery and belongs to the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association. Denehy’s new memoir is Rage: The Legend of ‘Baseball Bill’ Denehy (co-written with sports author Peter Golenbock). View Guest page

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Jimmy Destri

Jimmy Destri is a born and bred Brooklynite having lived in around the New York City area his entire 54 years. He currently lives in Windsor Terrace with his wife Roberta and their children James, 11 and Rienna, 3. Though still a partner of the band Blondie, Jimmy is currently serving as a full time drug counselor/therapist at NYC's Carnegie Hill Institute while pursing his drug and alcohol license at NYC's C.U.N.Y. At Carnegie Hill Institute, a long established and respected outpatient recovery center in New York City, Jimmy spends 5 days a week helping some of the city's acute and chronically addicted find new life and hope, using the newest therapeutic tools of the trade. He claims that he's been incredibly lucky, not once in life, but twice, having found a new calling that he's equally passionate about. View Guest page

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Gayatri Devi, MD, FACP, FAAN

Gayatri Devi, MD, FACP, FAAN, is a Clinical Associate Professor at NY University School of Medicine, and an Attending Physician at Lenox Hill Hospital. She is a board certified neurologist, with additional board certifications in Pain Medicine, Psychiatry, and Behavioral Neurology. She is an elected fellow of the American College of Physicians, and of the American Academy of Neurology. Dr. Devi has specialized in the early diagnosis and treatment of memory disorders related to aging and menopause for 20 years.
Dr. Devi has over 50 publications in peer-reviewed journals on the topic of memory loss and has presented at conferences worldwide. Her current focus of research is the use of brain stimulation to treat Alzheimer's disease, and other memory and cognitive disorders.
Dr. Devi serves as consultant to the NY State Committee for Physician's Health and also serves as a neurologic consultant to the NFL in the assessment of players with concussions and other sports related injuries. View Guest page

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Whitney Duhaime Vice President Denials Management, Inc.

Whitney Duhaime is the VP at Denials Management. She graduated from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas with an M.B.A. and a Master’s of Science in Organizational Leadership. She has an extensive background in insurance claims, customer service, and management. She has managed numerous small businesses where she gained skills in process improvement, employee performance management, along with conceptualizing and executing new projects and services. Prior to joining the Denials Management team, Whitney worked as an insurance claims professional at a large national insurance company. View Guest page

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Pete Earley

In a Washingtonian Magazine cover story entitled, Top Journalists: Washington's Media Elite, Pete Earley was described as one of a handful of journalists in America who "have the power to introduce new ideas and give them currency." A former reporter for The Washington Post, he is the author of nine nonfiction books and three novels. His book, CRAZY: A Father's Search Through America's Mental Health Madness, tells two stories. It describes his attempts to help his college age son, Mike, after he becomes ill with bipolar disorder and is arrested. It also describes a year that Earley spent at the Miami Dade County Jail where he followed persons with mental disorders, who had been in jail, out into the community to see what sort of services they received. His book was one of two finalists for the Pulitzer Prize in 2007 and has won awards from Mental Health America and the American Psychiatric Association. View Guest page

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Bill Eddy

Bill Eddy is an attorney, therapist, mediator, and the President of the High Conflict Institute based in San Diego, California. Mr. Eddy provides training to professionals worldwide on the subject of managing high-conflict personalities. He is an international speaker, presenting seminars throughout the United States, Canada, France, Sweden, and Australia. He is the developer of several methods for managing high conflict people in any situation – including in family law, mediation, and the workplace. As an attorney, he is a Certified Family Law Specialist in California. He has represented clients in family court and provided divorce mediation services for over 20 years. Prior to becoming a lawyer, he provided psychotherapy to children and families as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. He is the author of ten books for managing high-conflict situations, including "It's All Your Fault: 12 Tips for Managing People Who Blame Others for Everything.” View Guest page

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Norman H. Edelman, M.D.

Norman H. Edelman, M.D., is the American Lung Association’s leading medical authority, having served as Chief Medical Officer for 25 years. Dr. Edelman also provides patient care as a teaching clinic supervisor and is a Professor of Preventive Medicine, Internal Medicine, and Physiology and Biophysics at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Dr. Edelman is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine and has published extensively in the field of pulmonary diseases and control of breathing. View Guest page

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Charles Elias

Charles Elias is the founder and owner of PRN for Families. He holds a BSW with a minor in Youth Agency Administration from Colorado State University and his MSW from the University of Denver. He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Licensed Addictions Counselor in the state of Colorado. Charles is a member of NAADAC, and NASW. Charles is trained in family preservation by the Homebuilders Program of the State of Washington, Institute for Family Development. PRN for Families is built around this model and philosophy of supporting families so that they can live safely together. View Guest page

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Jeff Emmerson

Gary Enos

Gary Enos has been editor of Addiction Professional magazine since the publication’s founding in 2003. He has served as a writer and editor on topics in the addiction and mental health fields since 1994, having worked as executive editor at Manisses Communications Group in Providence, RI, until the company’s closing in 2005. He is a graduate of Brown University and Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. View Guest page

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Carlton K. Erickson

CARLTON (CARL) K. ERICKSON, a research scientist, is a distinguished Professor of Pharmacology, Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies, and Director of the Addiction Science Research and Education Center in the College of Pharmacy at the University of Texas at Austin. He has published over 260 peer-reviewed and professional articles, and is an Associate Editor of the scientific journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research. He is the author of a 2007 book titled The Science of Addiction: From Neurobiology to Treatment, which won a Hamilton Book Award in 2008. He is a recipient of the Betty Ford Center Visionary Award (2000), the 2003 Pat Fields SECAD Award, the 2004 Fred French Award for Educational Achievement, the Nelson J. Bradley Award for Lifetime Achievement (2007), and the John P. McGovern Award for Excellence in Medical Education (2009). A popular speaker and lecturer both nationally and internationally, Carl has spoken to approximately 85,000 health professionals and people in recovery since 1978. View Guest page

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Cali Estes

With 18 years experience as a Therapist, Life Coach and Wellness Coach, Cali Estes is currently a private practitioner. Cali has been featured on NBC News, MSN Money, etc. for her work with Addictions and has published work ADD and Relationships. Cali has presented at National conferences and is currently a CADAAC supported Continuing Education Provider. She founded The Addictions Academy and has teamed up with Diversified Intervention Group to offer Recovery Coaching, Intervention, Anger Management and Family Recovery Coaching Certifications to Professionals. She has presented worldwide and is a sought after Sober Coach and Life Coach. Degrees and certifications: Master’s Degree in CRJ; BA in Psychology; Internationally Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor; Certified Addictions Professional; Nationally Certified Recovery Coach; Certified Personal Trainer; Certified Yoga Teacher; Nationally Certified Interventionist Practitioner; Certified in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and in Psychodrama. View Guest page

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Sue E. Estroff, Ph.D.

Sue E. Estroff, Ph.D. is Professor in the Department of Social Medicine, School of Medicine, and research professor in the departments of Anthropology and Psychiatry, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr Estroff’s research areas include: individuals with chronic illness and disabilities; cultural approaches to psychosis; sociocultural factors that influence the course of psychiatric disorders; disability income policy and practice; illness narratives; moral reasoning and the production of knowledge in qualitative scholarship; reconsidering the association of violence with persons with psychiatric disorders; and complexities of consent in maternal fetal surgery. Estroff has served as a consultant to the Carter Center’s Mental Health Stigma program, The Hogg Foundation Scientific Advisory Board, and is a member of the mental health services in specialty mental health settings review committee at NIMH. View Guest page

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Arthur C. Evans Jr

Arthur C. Evans Jr, PhD Commissioner of Philadelphia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services (DBHIDS) In his capacity as Commissioner, Dr. Evans is leading a major initiative to transform how behavioral health care and intellectual disability services are delivered in Philadelphia. Since Dr. Evans’ appointment in November 2004, Philadelphia has begun a transformation of its entire system to one that focuses on recovery for adults, resiliency for children and self-determination for all people who use intellectual disability services. Dr. Evans is a clinical and community psychologist. He holds a faculty appointment at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He held faculty appointments at the Yale University School of Medicine and Quinnipiac University. Dr. Evans has extensive experience in transforming systems of care while serving in several national leadership roles. View Guest page

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Jean Fain, LICSW

Jean Fain, LICSW is a licensed psychotherapist and a teaching associate in psychiatry at Cambridge Health Alliance, a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School. In her private practice in Concord, Massachusetts, she uses hypnosis and mindfulness to treat everyday eating issues. Her health articles have appeared in O: The Oprah Magazine, Conde Nast Traveler, Shape and more. She has dedicated her work to helping others keep physically, emotionally and mentally fit. Visit her at Most people say that when they lose weight and look better, they’ll like themselves more. Jean Fain suggests that we’ve got it all backward. “The best way to lose weight and look your best is to stop dieting and start with loving who you are.” With The Self-Compassion Diet, this Harvard Medical School-affiliated psychotherapist shares a revolutionary new model for lasting weight loss. Combining the best of four proven weight-loss methods—self-love, mindfulness, self-hypnosis, and group support—this unique mind-body approach cultivates true self-acceptance which paradoxically produces remarkable physical changes. The Self-Compassion Diet is available in two complementary formats. The book describes the four weight-loss methods. The audio edition guides listeners through the exercises described in the book. Used together, this powerful combination can speed learning and boost success. View Guest page

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Steven H. Farber, MD

Steven H. Farber, MD, received his medical degree from Hahnemann Medical College and Hospital. He completed an internal medicine residency program and cardiology fellowship at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. Dr. Farber specialized in the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular diseases for over twenty-five years. He founded HEART of Montgomery County, a non-profit organization created to improve access to affordable healthcare for the community’s indigent and uninsured population. In 2003, Dr. Farber published Behind the White Coat, a personal memoir, and co-authored Stepping Stones to Success with Deepak Chopra and Jack Canfield in 2011. His latest book, As Sick as Our Secrets, is a powerful and compelling description of his journey to hell and back. Dr. Farber recently received a master’s degree in healthcare administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. View Guest page

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Alicia Farrell

Alicia Farrell, Ph.D. is an accomplished cognitive psychologist, professional speaker and founder of Clearview Consulting. Some of her noteworthy accomplishments include, 9 years as a university professor, twice a fellowship award recipient in support of research on Wisdom, published research scientist and an expert problem solver. Her life’s work is to educate and coach people, and organizations, on how to maximize brain power and solve problems. She also has a private practice working with children, adults, couples and families who want to make healthy and durable changes in their lives. Dr. Farrell brings 20+ years of expertise and passion to her work. View Guest page

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Morgan Fawcett

Morgan Fawcett was diagnosed at 15 with FASD's. He researched ARBD's and ARND's, talked to professionals and educators about FAS, 7 months later announced that he wanted to make a difference by bringing education and awareness to the youth about FAS. He has done that and more for the last 3.5 years. He has hosted concerts in Juneau, AK for International FAS Day, held a three day event in Murfreesboro, AR. Morgan has gifted over 500 Native American Flutes to at-risk youth and developmentally challenged individuals. To date he has spoken at over 150 events and schools. He brings his music and his story to all that will listen. Morgan is on the board of First Nations Composer Initiative, Tobacco Coalition and Task Force. He is a recipient of the First Nations Composer Initiative Grant and has been honored with a Citation for his work by the Alaska State Legislature. Morgan's three CD's help him continue on with his work. You can find him at Pow Wows, Schools, Health Fairs, Drug and Alcohol rehabs, Homeless shelters and many more. He will be attending College of the Siskiyous in 2011 as his schedule will allow. View Guest page

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Patricia Fennell

Patricia Fennell, MSW, LCSW-R is a researcher and clinician specializing in chronic illness, trauma, forensics and hospice care. Her organization, Albany Health Management Associates, treats and examines global health care concerns through clinical care, consulting, and professional education utilizing the Fennell Four Phase Treatment (FFPT™) approach. She is frequently invited to lecture throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe and Africa and to consult with federal government, management consultancy and patient advocate organizations, including Fortune 150 organizations and the CDC, in areas including chronic illness, innovation and trauma. Her publications include the books Managing Chronic Illness: The Four Phase Treatment Approach and The Chronic Illness Workbook. View Guest page

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Peter Ferentzy

Peter Ferentzy holds a Ph.D. in Social and Political Thought from York University. His dissertation is a historical sociology of the origins and recent development of the modern concept of addiction with an emphasis on how it has interacted with ideas about mental illness and compulsions in general. Dr. Ferentzy has studied and written extensively on Gamblers Anonymous, as well as other issues related to pathological gambling. His two most recently completed studies involve: 1. The history of ideas related to addiction with an emphasis on problem gambling wherein special attention is paid to the role of metaphoric conceptualization in the construction of scientific discourse; 2. A street level, ethnographic study of gambling patterns among crack users in downtown Toronto. View Guest page

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Karen Fitzhugh

Karen Fitzhugh has a BA in Psychology; MA in Educational Psychology; and PhD in Special Education and Educational Psychology. Fitzhugh has served on the board of the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs (NATSAP) for six years and founded Government Relations Committee. She is also a member of the board of the Association for Ambulatory Behavioral Healthcare. Since 2004, she has served the therapeutic school industry as both a Head of School and a Senior Vice President. Prior to entering the therapeutic school realm, Fitzhugh worked in acute psychiatric care services and private practice. Additionally, Fitzhugh has served as the Executive Director for a home for abused, abandoned, and neglected girls and founded a charter school as part of this project. View Guest page

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Michael Fitzpatrick

Michael Fitzpatrick is coauthor with William G. Borchert of 1000 Years of Sobriety and author of the first book under the Legacy 12 imprint, We Recovered Too. He is one of the leading historians and speakers in the field of alcoholism, specializing in the development of the Twelve Step movement. He owns what is possibly the largest audio archive related to the Twelve Step movement ever assembled: more than three thousand original reel-to-reel recordings of the voices of the men and women who pioneered the Twelve Step movement. View Guest page

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Michael Fitzpatrick

Michael Fitzpatrick is coauthor with William G. Borchert of 1000 Years of Sobriety and author of the first book under the Legacy 12 imprint, We Recovered Too. He is one of the leading historians and speakers in the field of alcoholism, specializing in the development of the Twelve Step movement. He owns what is possibly the largest audio archive related to the Twelve Step movement ever assembled: more than three thousand original reel-to-reel recordings of the voices of the men and women who pioneered the Twelve Step movement. View Guest page

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Victoria Fleming

Dr. Victoria Fleming, Ph.D., is an educator, author, and clinician. She received her undergraduate degree from Marquette University and graduate degrees from Indiana University. She was on the faculty at Miami University and Northwestern University before retiring from academia to pursue a full-time clinical practice in the northern suburbs of Chicago, where she lives with her husband and two children. View Guest page

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Lisa Frederiksen

Consultant, author of eight books and national speaker with 25 years experience, Lisa Frederiksen has been presenting on substance abuse, addiction, dual diagnosis, underage drinking and help for the family centered around 21st century brain and addiction related research since 2004. Her books, Loved One In Treatment? Now What! and If You Loved Me, You’d Stop!, frame her work, including training/workshops/presentations for Stanford Medical School, Ft. Irwin National Training Center, County of Santa Clara Dep. of Alcohol & Drug Services, SMC Bar Association Family Law Section and NAMI Santa Clara County. Lisa Frederiksen and her associate at, Caroll Fowler, MA, MFT, work with drug addicts/alcoholics and families (if applicable) to develop Contractual Continuing Care Plans. View Guest page

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Mark A. Frye

Dr. Mark A. Frye is Chair of the Department of Psychiatry & Psychology, Mayo Clinic. His clinical interests are in mood disorders, (bipolar disorder, treatment resistant depression) with a research focus in clinical trials, pharmacogenomics and brain imaging. View Guest page

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Joani Gammill, RN

Joani Gammill, RN has appeared regularly on Dr. Phil, where she has led interventions that have inspired millions of viewers. Before her career as an interventionist, she worked as a registered nurse in medical facilities, including a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center. She is the author of The Interventionist and Painkillers, Heroin, And The Road To Sanity. View Guest page

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Joani Gammill, RN, BRII

Joani Gammill, RN, BRII appears regularly on the Dr. Phil Show where she leads interventions that have inspired millions of his viewers. Before her career as an interventionist, she worked as a registered nurse in medical facilities, then in a state-run -drug-and-alcohol-rehabilitation center. View Guest page

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Lynn Garson

Lynn Garson graduated from Tulane University with a degree in art history and holds a law degree from Emory University School of Law. She has lived in Paris, New York, and Hong Kong and currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia. She is a practicing healthcare attorney with a prominent national law firm. In her earlier days as a retailer, she owned one of Atlanta’s best-known gift and tabletop stores. Recently, Lynn published her first book, Southern Vapors, which chronicles her rise and fall - from silver spoon to straitjacket and back. She details the privileges of her upbringing, the slow decline that eventually saw her treated in a low-income mental health facility, and her empowering comeback. Lynn plans to continue her work as a healthcare attorney while also sharing her story in hopes that - through her struggles - she can influence positive change and encourage more people to find their comeback stories. Lynn’s website for Southern Vapors is View Guest page

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Beck Gee-Cohen, MA,LADC/Owner/Consultant BGC Consulting

Beck is originally from the Los Angeles Area and now resides in Boston, Massachusetts. Beck has a passion for working with the LGBTQ+ community and has years of experience doing so. He has written articles and papers directly addressing the need for training staff on LGBTQ+ communities. Beck has spoken nationally at various conferences regarding LGBTQ+ communities. Beck has created programming for LGBTQ+ specific treatment programs, is on the Board of Directors for NALGAP (National Association of LGBTQ Addiction Professionals), and works closely with LGBTQ+ sober communities around the country. Beck has over 11 years of personal recovery and continues to address concerns of equality and acceptance of LGBTQ+ in sober communities. Beck is the owner/consultant of BGC Consulting, helping facilities become more affirming and knowledgeable about LGBTQ+ populations. To Contact Beck go to View Guest page

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Christopher K. Germer, PhD

Christopher K. Germer, PhD is a clinical psychologist in private practice, specializing in mindfulness- and acceptance-based treatment. He has been integrating the principles and practices of meditation into psychotherapy since 1978 and has taken numerous journeys to India to explore the varieties of meditation. Dr. Germer is a Clinical Instructor in Psychology at Harvard Medical School and a founding member of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy. He lectures internationally on mindfulness and self-compassion, is a co-editor of the professionally acclaimed book Mindfulness and Psychotherapy, and author of The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion: Freeing Yourself from Destructive Thoughts and Emotions. View Guest page

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Nassir Ghaemi

S. Nassir Ghaemi MD MPH, is a psychiatric researcher with expertise in bipolar disorder, and training in philosophy and public health. He is the author of A First-Rate Madness: Uncovering the Links Between Leadership and Mental Illness¸ a New York Times Best Seller (Penguin Group, 2011), as well as The Rise and Fall of the Biopsychosocial Model: Reconciling Art and Science in Psychiatry (Johns Hopkins Press, 2009), and A Clinician's Guide to Statistics and Epidemiology in Mental Health (Cambridge University Press, July 2009). Previous books include The Concepts of Psychiatry (Johns Hopkins Press, 2003, 2007), and Mood Disorders: A Practical Guide (2nd edition, 2007). He has also published over 100 scientific articles or book chapters, and serves on the editorial board of numerous journals. View Guest page

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Seth J. Gillihan, PhD

Seth J. Gillihan, PhD, is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychology in the Psychiatry Department at the University of Pennsylvania. His publications include research articles and book chapters on the effectiveness of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) for anxiety and depression, how CBT works, and the use of brain imaging to study psychiatric disorders. Dr. Gillihan's clinical practice is in Haverford, PA View Guest page

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John Giordano

John Giordano is the president and co-founder of G & G Holistic Addiction Treatment Center he started over twenty-years ago. He is the proud recipient of a Doctor of Human Letters from Sinai University in Jerusalem. John is a recovering addict with twenty-four years of sobriety to his credit. John is a therapist, Certified Addiction Professional (CAP), a Master Addictions Counselor (MAC), and a Certified Criminal Justice Specialist (CCJS). John also earned a Masters Certification in Neurolinguistics Programming (NLP), and is a Certified Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Specialist. He is a professional expert witness for the state and federal government. John is a Karate Grand Master 10th degree black belt and is in the Karate Hall of Fame. John, an ordained minister, is the chaplain offered of the North Miami Police Department. View Guest page

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Jane Golden

Jane Golden, MFA Executive Director, City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program Since the Mural Arts Program began in 1984 as a component of the Philadelphia Anti-Graffiti Network, Jane Golden has been its driving force, overseeing its growth from a small city agency into the nation's largest mural program, a catalyst for positive social change and a model for community development across the country and around the globe. Under Golden’s direction, in partnership with communities, grassroots organizations, city agencies, schools and philanthropies, the Mural Arts Program has created over 3,000 landmark works of public art, earning Philadelphia international recognition as the “City of Murals.” View Guest page

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Matthew Goldenberg Founder,ProfessionalHealth Solutions

Matthew Goldenberg D.O. is an expert in the evaluation and treatment of mental health disorders and is an addiction specialist in Santa Monica, CA. He is double Board Certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Psychiatry. Dr. Goldenberg is the founder of Professionals Health Solutions, which provides individualized and evidence-based evaluations, treatment, monitoring and education that is geared towards assisting motivated adults obtain and maintain long-term recovery from mental health conditions and addictions. Many of his clients are healthcare providers and are able to successfully return to work in highly safety sensitive positions.
Dr. Goldenberg continues to engage in research and medical education as a member of the Medical Staff and as an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Cedars Sinai Medical Center, in Los Angeles, CA and also maintains a private practice in Santa Monica, CA. View Guest page

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Ray Gonzalez

Ray Gonzalez is currently the Executive Director at the Center for Cognition & Recovery in Beachwood, Ohio where he has helped develop CETCLEVELAND®, a community-based version of CET. He has more than 37 years of direct service, administration and program development for persons recovering from mental illness. Mr. Gonzalez is a former CEO of a 403 bed state psychiatric hospital, founded and led PLAN of Northeast Ohio for 21 years. He has a Master's Degree in Social Work (MSW) from Ohio State University, with ACSW and LISW-S credentials. A NAMI member for 27 years, Mr. Gonzalez has co-lead four CETCLEVELAND®, groups, has presented on CETCLEVELAND®, at over 85 local, regional and national conferences and workshops, and has helped establish 36 CETCLEVELAND®, Programs in 12 states. View Guest page

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Mark Goulston, M.D.

Dr. Mark Goulston is associated with the thirty five year old Life Adjustment Team in Culver City, CA which helps severely and frequently relapsing mentally ill patients successfully transition to independent living often following in patient treatment. By treating people where they live they have dramatically reduced relapse. He is a Board Certified psychiatrist who has been a suicide and violence specialist, a UCLA professor of psychiatry for more than twenty five years and an FBI and police hostage negotiator trainer. He is the author of seven books including the #1 bestselling books, Get Out of Your Own Way and Just Listen. He contributes to Psychology Today, Huffington Post and co-hosts a Dr. G and Lisa radio show carried on NPR and commercial radio stations. He also currently advises heads of companies, organizations and treatment programs and speaks internationally. View Guest page

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Dennis Grantham

Dennis Grantham is editor- in-chief of Behavioral Healthcare magazine, a business publication and website that serves the needs of executives and senior medical, clinical, information technology, and operations staff who develop and deliver mental health and substance use disorder treatment. Behavioral Healthcare covers policy, management, technology, funding, and treatment trends that affect the availability, quality, and funding of mental health and substance use treatment services nationwide. Dennis was trained as a journalist at Allegheny College and went on to earn a Master’s degree in technical and professional writing at Carnegie Mellon University. Before joining Behavioral Healthcare magazine, he managed corporate communications and public relations for technology and manufacturing companies. View Guest page

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Mark Green, M.D.

Dan Griffin

Dan Griffin has worked in the mental health and addictions field for over fifteen years. His company is Griffin Recovery Enterprises. He most recently worked for the Minnesota Judicial Branch for eight years as the state drug court coordinator. His graduate work was centered on the social construction of masculinity in the culture of Alcoholics Anonymous. He completed training as a CD counselor at Hazelden, in Center City, Minnesota in 1999. Griffin is the author of the groundbreaking book, A Man’s Way through the Twelve Steps. He is also the co-author of Helping Men Recover, the first comprehensive curriculum for men focused on men’s unique issues and needs. Mr. Griffin received the President’s Award in 2006 for his leadership in the addiction and recovery field in Minnesota. Griffin lives in Minnesota with his wife and daughter and has been in long-term recovery for fifteen years. View Guest page

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Dr. Michael Groat

Dr. Michael Groat, Director of Menninger’s Adult Division, also serves as assistant professor, Menninger Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Baylor College of Medicine. He received his master’s degree at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, and his doctorate in counseling psychology from the State University of New York, Albany. He interned at Albany Psychology Internship Consortium, Albany Medical College, Albany, NY; completed a four year clinical psychology fellowship in psychodynamic psychotherapy, family therapy and systems consultations at the Austen Riggs Center, Stockbridge, Mass. He is a current candidate in adult psychoanalysis at the Center for Psychoanalytic Studies, Houston. He is a past fellow of the American Psychoanalytic Association and Anna Freud/Yale Child Study Center research program. Dr. Groat’s interests concern mentalizing informed treatments, personality assessment, suicide resilience and therapeutic. View Guest page

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Will Hall

Will Hall was diagnosed with schizophrenia and spent a year in San Francisco's public mental health system. Will learned to live with his voices, visions, and difficult mental states without medications, and went on to become a leading mental health advocate who has spoken and organized internationally. Will co-founded the Massachusetts support and activism community Freedom Center, which offers groups and holistic alternatives such as acupuncture and yoga, and is on the coordinating collective of The Icarus Project. He has consulted in Argentina, Mexico, and Peru for Mental Disability Rights International. The author of the "Harm Reduction Guide to Coming Off Psychiatric Drugs," Will has also appeared in the New York Times and National Public Radio, was profiled in the Newsweek magazine article "Listening to Madness," and is host of the FM community radio show Madness Radio ( Will is a counselor in private practice and teaches and consults internationally. His websites include: and View Guest page

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Kasey Harlin

Kasey Harlin, MA CADC CCDP-D is a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor and Certified Co-occurring Disorders Professional-Diplomat in the state of Missouri. She has 21 years of experience working with adolescents with substance use disorders and is the Founder and Program Director for PFH’s Achieving Recovery Through Creativity A.R.T.C. program. View Guest page

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Harry Haroutunian, MD

Harry Haroutunian, MD, is an internationally known speaker and authority on addiction-oriented topics—including drug misuse among older adults. He is widely read online and has appeared on The Dr. Oz Show and Dr. Drew On Call as well as in The New York Times and Cosmopolitan. Board certified in both addiction and family medicine, Dr. Haroutunian serves as physician director of professional and residential programs at the Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage, California. He is the author of Being Sober: A Step-by-Step Guide To, Getting Through, and Living in Recovery. In his new book, NOT AS PRESCRIBED: Recognizing and Facing Alcohol and Drug Misuse in Older Adults, Dr. Harry Haroutunian addresses the increasingly urgent issue of Polypharmacy. View Guest page

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Mary P. Hauser

Mary P. Hauser has over 40 years of Addiction and Behavioral Health field experience including directing prevention, intervention, treatment and research programs; serving as adjunct faculty at multiple universities; and serving as a consultant at the State, Federal and Inpatient/Outpatient program level. Ms. Hauser has a Masters Degree in Psychology and has lectured and trained extensively around the country. Since 1999, Ms. Hauser has been the Vice President of the Addiction Services Division at Dominion Diagnostics. View Guest page

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Randy Haveson, M.A.

Founder and Executive Director Randy Haveson has been working as a counselor and university administrator since 1987. He has an M.A. in counseling and extensive experience working as a therapist in treatment centers, private practices, and agencies, primarily in the field of addiction. Randy has also served as a drug and alcohol counselor and coordinated substance abuse education programs on three college campuses around the country, receiving national recognition for his work with students and administrators. As well as being the founder of The HERO House, Randy is also a professional speaker, traveling across the country to educate college students about alcohol and other drug use and abuse, as well as topics related to leadership and self-esteem. Randy has been in recovery from his own addiction since May of 1984. View Guest page

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Skip Haynes

Skip Haynes is formerly of the Chicago rock group, Aliotta Haynes Jeremiah and penned the classic-rock hits “Lake Shore Drive (LSD)” and "Snow Queen”. Skip now owns the Laurel Canyon Animal company, a record label in Los Angeles that creates music about, for and with animals. He is also a graphic designer and an animal and political activist. His new book, The Book of Rehab is a funny and practical everyman's approach to drug addiction. Skip has interviewed on NPR’s Weekend Edition with Scott Simon, CNN with Jeanne Moos, ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox News, World News Tonight, BBC, The L.A. Times, the New York Post, Newsweek, USA Today, the Washington Post, AARP Magazine and Life Magazine. His music has been played on radio/television all over the country for the past forty years. View Guest page

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Philip Hemphill, Ph.D., LCSW

Philip Hemphill, Ph.D. is the Director of the Professional Enhancement Program at Pine Grove Behavioral Health & Addiction Services. He is responsible for the management and clinical supervision of professional patients in an outpatient/residential setting. Dr. Hemphill has pioneered the assessment and treatment of professionals with 'disruptive' behavior and has co-authored a book in 2013 titled, Taming Disruptive Behavior. He received both his Master's and Doctorate from Tulane University. View Guest page

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Mike Hendren

Steven Herndon

Gregory V. Hickman, M.D.

Medical Director, Andrews Institute for Orthopedics & Sports Medicine

Gregory V. Hickman, M.D. graduated from the Univ. Of Tennessee College Of Pharmacy with a B.S. in Pharmacy in 1982 and completed his medical degree at the East Tennessee State Univ. College of Medicine in 1986. He completed his residency in anesthesiology at UAB in 1990. In 1990, Dr. Hickman began performing interscalene blocks for post-op shoulder surgery pain relief. As a pioneer of leading-edge pain management techniques, Dr. Hickman began working with Dr. James Andrews and joined him in opening the Andrews Institute in Gulf Breeze, FL. Dr. Hickman serves as the Medical Director of the surgery center where he played an instrumental role in establishing the Institute. He has also led a specialized program designed to enhance pain management techniques for ambulatory surgery that benefit patients in their homes as well as through rehabilitation. Dr. Hickman is a board-licensed anesthesiologist certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology and the American Academy of Pain Management. View Guest page

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Sharon L. Hicks

Sharon L. Hicks is a retired executive and community volunteer living in Honolulu. Her first book “How Do You Grab a Naked Lady?” was inspired by her mother. For more information visit View Guest page

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Kevin P. Hill, M.D., M.H.S.

Kevin P. Hill, M.D., M.H.S., is an assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard’s McLean Hospital in Belmont, Massachusetts, and an addiction consultant with a number of professional sports organizations. His marijuana research is funded by the National Institute of Health, the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation, and the American Lung Association. In 2013 he was awarded the Alfred Pope Award for Best Research Paper by a Young Investigator at McLean Hospital, and he has authored or coauthored articles in more than 30 peer-reviewed scientific publications. View Guest page

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Rev. Thomas F. X. Hoar

Rev. Thomas F. X. Hoar, S.S.E., Ph.D., St. Edmund’s Retreat, Enders Island View Guest page

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Susan M. Hoisington, Psy.D

Sue earned her Master's in Clinical Psychology from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh in 1989, and her Doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of St. Thomas in 1998. She has been employed with Hazelden since 1989 and has expertise in treating co-occurring disorders, addiction and mental health issues across the full continuum of care. She is the former training director for the APA-accredited psychology pre-doctoral internship program and is an adjunct associate faculty member of the Hazelden Graduate School of Addiction Studies. View Guest page

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Marya Hornbacher

Marya Hornbacher is the author of the Pulitzer-Prize short-listed book Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia, the acclaimed novel The Center of Winter, and the recent New York Times Bestseller Madness: A Bipolar Life. Her work has been translated into sixteen languages. An award-winning journalist, Hornbacher is also a mental health advocate, and lectures widely on both writing and mental health. View Guest page

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Dr. Michael Jaeger

Dr. Michael Jaeger serves as the managing medical director for WellPoint’s affiliated health plan in Wisconsin. He is responsible for the administration of medical services for products and provider networks in Wisconsin. Dr. Jaeger has more than 25 years of combined experience as a practicing physician, residency educator and health plan medical manager. Dr. Jaeger is a licensed and board certified specialist in Family Medicine. View Guest page

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Adi Jaffe, Ph.D. Consultant

Dr. Jaffe received his Ph.D. in Psychology from UCLA. Dr. Jaffe’s name has become known through his online and academic writing. His views on addiction and his research on the topic have been published in dozens of journals and online publications and he has appeared on several television shows and documentaries discussing current topics in addiction and the problem of addiction as a whole. His main focus at the moment is on reducing the shame, and increasing the reach of treatment, associated with mental health issues. Dr. Jaffe still teaches courses at UCLA and previously was Co-Founder & Executive Director of Alternatives Behavioral Health in Los Angeles. View Guest page

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Debra Jay

Debra Jay is coauthor with Jeff Jay of Hazelden’s best-selling Love First and is a certified addiction counselor and interventionist. She is also the author of No More Letting Go (Bantam, 2006), It Takes A Family: A Cooperative Approach to Lasting Society (Hazelden 2014), and numerous journal and magazine articles on addiction. She has appeared on Oprah several times and The Dr. Oz Show, among other TV shows and is an in-demand keynote speaker at behavioral health conferences and treatment centers internationally. View Guest page

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Jeff Jay

Jeff Jay is a certified addiction specialist, popular speaker and consultant, and co-author with Debra Jay of the best-selling book Love First. His work as appeared on CNN, The Jane Pauley Show, PBS, Forbes Online and numerous professional journals. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota, and has served as president of the Terry McGovern Foundation in Washington, DC, and as trustee for several clinical and professional organizations. Jeff’s latest book is Navigating Grace: A Solo Voyage of Survival and Redemption. Jeff has been specializing in interventions since the early 1990s. View Guest page

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Producers Todd Wider and Jedd Wider

For over sixteen years, Todd and Jedd Wider have produced numerous successful feature documentary films including the 2012 King’s Point nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Short, the multiple Primetime Emmy Awarding winning Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God (2012), the Emmy Award nominated Semper Fi: Always Faithful (2011), the multiple Emmy Award nominated Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer (2010), 2008 Academy Award Winner for Best Documentary and 2009 Emmy Award Winner for Best Documentary, Taxi to the Dark Side (2007), the 2008 Sundance favorite Kicking It (2007) broadcast by ESPN, about the Homeless World Cup soccer tournament, the POV film A Dream in Doubt (2007) about the first post 9/11 revenge killing, What Would Jesus Buy? (2007) about our obsession with materialism and consumption, and A Time to Stir about the Columbia University student uprisings in 1968. View Guest page

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Michael W. Johnson

Michael W. Johnson joined CARF as Managing Director of the Behavioral Health accreditation area in 2013. His responsibilities include the maintaining of standards for behavioral health, training and marketing to the behavioral health industry. A Certified Addictions Professional, Michael has more than 30 years of experience as a clinician, manager, and executive working in mental health, substance abuse, and intellectual disabilities. Michael has been a leader in the industry, providing expertise to national and state initiatives in training, accreditation, and EMR adoption. He was a CARF surveyor for 16 years and holds a Master's degree in communications from the University of Central Florida. View Guest page

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Brian Johnson M.D.

Brian Johnson M.D. is Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Anesthesia at SUNY Upstate and Co-Chair of the annual workshop of the American Psychoanalytic Association, “The Addicted Patient in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy.” He is an affiliated research investigator at the Syracuse VA Medical Center; Center for Integrated Healthcare from which he has received a grant for a metanalysis of pain treatments; NSAIDs versus opioids. Dr. Johnson received his BS in engineering biology from Columbia University and his MD from New York Medical College. He went through two years of internal medicine residency in New York City, completed his psychiatry residency at Cambridge Hospital, and his analytic training at the Boston Psychoanalytic Institute. He was on the faculty of Harvard Medical School for 30 years until moving to SUNY Upstate in 2008. While training residents in psychiatry at Harvard, Dr. Johnson treated about 15,000 patients undergoing detoxification. Dr. Johnson is a long-term member of the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry and a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. Dr. Johnson’s publications focus on neuropsychoanalytic treatment of patients with addiction, prescription drug abuse and treatment of chronic pain. View Guest page

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Scott Johnston

Director, Writer Scott’s background is a blend of psychology, writing, and media production. After college (Communications and English; Butler University), he wrote and produced for an advertising agency before entering the developmental disabilities field, followed by a career in psychiatric rehabilitation. View Guest page

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Kauley Jones

Kauley Jones is President of PCI a national medical development company. With over 2o years in the medical field Kauley is an expert in researching the best in cutting-edge evidence based services. Prior to establishing PCI, Kauley was Vice President of Sales and Marketing for an international specialty diagnostic laboratory. This expertise lead to the development of the PCI STEP Plan which is transforming the addiction medicine field by improving client outcomes. Kauley is no stranger to the addiction medicine field as she personally spent 5 months in a residential rehab in the 1980’s. Kauley has a passion to see every individual in recovery have access and receive benefit from the information and services in the PCT STEP plan. Kauley has been a speaker at the ILI Practice Development Conference, the IPC Conference, the 2010 HealthCare Conference and the recent Evolution of Treatment: An Experiential Conference facilitated by The National Institute for Holistic Addiction Studies. Kauley also currently serves on HealthMax medical advisory board. To contact Kauley Jones please email or go to View Guest page

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Joyce Jorgenson

Joyce Jorgenson, co-director of Cultivating CommUnity Collaboratives, works with diverse groups of community stakeholders to address issues of community health and well being. She is also the interim director for the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (NOFAS) NH. View Guest page

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Harry Josephson

Harry Josephson grew up in a small town in southwest Ohio. He received his bachelor’s degree from Ohio State University and law degree from Capital University Law School. Josephson now works at a large financial services firm where he has been for 30 years. He has two children, a son, 25, and a daughter, 12. View Guest page

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Herb Kaighan

Herb Kaighan was given the gift of freedom from alcohol on February 21, 1984. As a result of being guided through the Twelve Steps, in 1998 he experienced a profound spiritual awakening. Since then Herb has been very involved in carrying the message of recovery through spiritual awakening by leading presentations, workshops, and retreats. He is the author of Twelve-Step Guide to Using the Alcoholics Anonymous Big Book (2004) and Twelve Steps to Spiritual Awakening: Enlightenment for Everyone (2010). His personal journey includes 7 years in seminary; a graduate education in psychology, and 40 year career in human resources consulting (retired Nov. 2006). Herb also completed a 3 year training for Spiritual Directors at Mt. St. Mary’s College in Los Angeles and teaches courses on Twelve-Step Spirituality to theologians as an adjunct professor at St. John’s Seminary in Camarillo, California. View Guest page

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Reef Karim, CEO Author Lumion Center Beverly Hills

Dr. Reef Karim is a double board certified psychiatrist, addiction medicine physician and relationship expert as well as a writer, comedic host and media personality. ( He is an Assistant Clinical Professor at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and the founder director of Lumion Center Beverly Hills, a center for mental health, relationships, personal growth and chemical and behavioral addictions. He has appeared on Oprah, CNN, Larry King Live, Anderson Cooper 360, Nightline, and many others. Dr. Reef hosted the TV shows Broken Minds on the Discovery Network, House of Clues on Court TV and Outrageous Acts of Psych on the Science Channel. Dr Reef also writes, produces, and hosts the new online late night talk show Reef Madness where he breaks down the best and most controversial topics in human behavior. His literary work is frequently published in Forbes & Huffington Post and his research on human behavior has been published in many prestigious academic journals. View Guest page

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Dr. Yvonne Kaye

Dr. Yvonne Kaye is an international speaker with subjects ranging from Spirit Soaring, Laughter Roaring, to post traumatic stress disorder and bereavement. She is a Storyteller, Addictionist, Thanatologist, Care-sharer veteran radio talk show host, Interfaith Minister, author, columnist, keynote speaker and trainer for corporations. Her work is eclectic and appropriate for all professions, Veterans Administration, and many others, believing in the power of the human spirit. Involved with long term illness, post trauma and crises, Dr. Kaye is a strong advocate of humor and spirituality. She uses her own life experiences as a basis of her work which is now involved with First Responders, Nurses, Veterans suffering with PTSD , and addiction. She is a Spiritual Coach and her philosophy is “Laughter is the miracle healer”. Dr. Kaye has received many humanitarian awards as well as the prestigious Matty Muir Award for work with victims of crime. View Guest page

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Scott Kellogg, PhD

Dr. Scott Kellogg received his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the CUNY Graduate Center, and he is presently a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at New York University. Having trained in both schema therapy and gestalt therapy, he is currently a psychotherapist and a supervisor at the Schema Therapy Institute. Dr. Kellogg has created the Transformational Chairwork Training program and he is currently teaching this method of psychotherapeutic dialogue to practitioners in both the United States and Europe. He is also a leading advocate for Gradualism, a vision of healing that seeks to utilize and integrate the best aspects of the harm reduction, scientific, and traditional treatment approaches. In his writings, he has looked at such topics as addiction treatment, identity theory, trauma and violence, contingency management, harm reduction, and assessment. View Guest page

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Brixton Key

Brixton Key was born in Isleworth, England in the 1950s to a party-loving Mum and an errant Dad. Expelled from boarding school, which he attended on a scholarship, Brixton landed a gig with the British music weekly Melody Maker, writing under the name of Mark Plummer. He left for America to manage Chris Isaak in the 1980s, guiding the pop idol and actor’s career as MTV started ruling the airwaves. In the 90's Brixton suffered a life-threatening brain aneurism. After he recovered, on the advice of his stepson he began writing fiction. Brixton lives with his girlfriend Josephine in a downtown San Francisco loft. In the late night hours he reads his favorite authors under skyscraper shadows, and works on his sequel of the Charlie Six trilogy, There Ain't No God Here. View Guest page

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Terry Kirkman

Terry Kirkman-CADC-11 is a NADAAC member, and the Clinical Director for MAP, the Musicians” Assistance Program. He is best known for being a founding member of the sixties vocal group, The Association and composer of such songs as Cherish, Enter The Young and Never My Love. He finally quit the concert road in 1984, the year he ended his dependence on drugs and alcohol. Terry’s participation in this project marks the first time he has performed publically as a solo Artist, as well as the first time he has performed “Salina Fats” solo and the way he originally wrote it. Retired from clinical work, Terry now lives with his wife Heidi in Pasadena, CA where he spends time working on three books. View Guest page

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Carol Kivler

Carol Kivler is a passionate consumer advocate, speaker, author and founder of Courageous Recovery. She speaks to consumers, their loved ones and healthcare professionals to raise awareness, instill hope and combat stigmas surrounding mental health diagnoses and treatments. Carol shares her journey of recovery from four bouts of medication-resistant depression and her positive experience with the life-saving treatment ECT. In addition to her book, The ABCs of Recovery from Mental Illness, Carol is also the author of Will I Ever Be the Same Again? Transforming the Face of ECT (Shock Therapy). Carol is the founder and president of Kivler Communications, a corporate training and international executive coaching firm. Carol is a member of the Board of Directors of NAMI Mercer NJ and an In Our Own Voice presenter. She is a member of the National Speakers Association and the Consumer Advisory Board of the APNA. In addition, Carol writes a weekly blog for Esperanza Magazine. View Guest page

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Ian Koch

Ian graduated with a BA from Champlain College, and a MS from the Program of Community Mental Health at Southern New Hampshire University. Ian is also a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC) in VT and NH, internationally Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor through IC&RC, holds a Certificate in Integrated Mental Health and Substance Abuse and is an internationally Certified Addiction Specialist. In addition, Ian has received a Certificate of Advanced Study from Saint Michael’s College, in Unitive Psychology. This course work was designed to integrate many aspects of addiction treatment and the principles of recovery. Ian has worked with thousands of addicts/alcoholics and their families to help them recover from the devastating effects of addiction. He has also been invited to speak in hospitals and colleges to share his experience as someone who has recovered from this illness. Today, Ian works for an inpatient alcohol and drug rehabilitation center, Seabrook House in NJ. View Guest page

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Alex Koroknay-Palicz

Alex Koroknay-Palicz, originally from Michigan, moved to the DC area after attending American University. During his senior year in high school, Alex successfully changed the policy of several age-discriminatory stores in his hometown of Holland, MI. In his capacity as NYRA's Executive Director, Alex has appeared on CNN, PBS and Fox News and has been quoted in most major newspapers in the country, and was the subject of a feature article in the Washington Post. In addition to his role as NYRA's Executive Director, Alex serves on the board of the Community Alliance for the Ethical Treatment of Youth. Alex was voted into office in 1999. View Guest page

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Dr. Heidi Kraft

Heidi Squier Kraft received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of California - San Diego School of Medicine in 1996. She joined the Navy during her internship at Duke University Medical Center, serving as both a flight and clinical psychologist. Her active duty assignments included the Naval Safety Center, the Naval Health Research Center, and Naval Hospital Jacksonville, FL. In 2004, she deployed to Iraq for seven months with a Marine Corps surgical company, serving as the Officer in Charge of the Combat Stress Platoon. Rule Number Two is a memoir of that experience. She left active duty in 2005 after nine years in the Navy, and now serves as the deputy coordinator for the US Navy Combat Stress Control program. She lives in San Diego with her husband Mike, a former Marine Corps Harrier pilot, and 7-year-old twins Brian and Megan. View Guest page

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Dr. Barbara Krantz

Dr. Barbara Krantz, Chief Executive Officer and Medical Director of Research of the noted nonprofit Hanley Center addiction treatment facility, has been practicing medicine in South Florida for over thirty years. Dr. Krantz is American Board of Addiction Medicine certified as well as board certified in Family Practice. Dr. Krantz is a member of the American Medical Association, the American Medical Women’s Association, the American College of Family Practitioners, the American Osteopathic Association and the American Society of Addiction Medicine. She has lectured on numerous topics, including the bio-chemistry of the brain as it relates to addiction. In 2008, the Palm Beach County Medical Society honored Dr. Krantz as a Heroes in Medicine award recipient for her leadership, active community philanthropy and commitment to the field of medicine. View Guest page

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James Krehbiel

James P. Krehbiel, Ed.S., LPC, CCBT is an educator, writer, licensed professional counselor and nationally certified cognitive-behavioral therapist practicing in Scottsdale, Arizona. He specializes in treating anxiety and depression for adults and children. He served as a teacher and guidance counselor for 30 years and has taught graduate-level counselor education courses for Chapman University. In 2005, he self-published Stepping Out of the Bubble: Reflections on the Pilgrimage of Counseling Therapy ( His latest book, Troubled Childhood, Triumphant Life: Healing from the Battle Scars of Youth (New Horizon Press) is about the impact of adverse childhood experiences on adult functioning. He offers solution-focused strategies to assist adults in overcoming the perils of the past. View Guest page

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Darlene Lancer

Darlene Lancer, JD, LMFT, is a licensed family therapist with 27 years of experience working with individuals and couples. She regularly lectures on self-esteem, codependency, and addiction. Author of Conquering Shame and Codependency, Codependency for Dummies and 10 Steps to Self-Esteem, she has also published numerous articles. View Guest page

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Judith Landau

Judith Landau, MD, DPM, LMFT, CAI, CIP, BRI II, is a child, family and community neuropsychiatrist, specializing in resilience and overcoming adversity across cultures. Co-developer of the Evidence-Based, Best Practice ARISE Continuum of Care, Dr. Landau draws 30+ years of research and experience aimed at facilitating long-term healing for survivors of trauma and their families including those suffering from addiction, PTSD, and head injury. Author of numerous peer-reviewed publications, she has taught in 100+ countries, trained more than 1000 Certified ARISE Interventionists, and consulted to UN, WHO, NIMH, NIDA, NIAAA, SAMHSA, and several international governments. She is the recipient of awards for AAMFT’s Outstanding Contribution to the Field of Marriage and Family Therapy and AFTA’s Innovative Contribution to Family Therapy. Currently recognized as a global addiction and trauma pioneer, Dr. Landau continues to change the future of addiction by identifying trauma that spans generations. View Guest page

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Elaine and John Leadem

The Leadem’s are Licensed Clinical Social Workers in NJ and PA. Their combined investment in the delivery of quality addiction recovery treatment spans over 60 years. They maintain a commitment to personal and professional growth that is grounded in state of the art treatment methodology and a core belief in the spiritual principles embedded in the 12 Steps philosophy of recovery. They are committed to leading by example and proudly acknowledge that they would never ask of a client more than they have accomplished themselves. Elaine and John are seasoned therapeutic retreat masters and it was out of the work they did with recovering couples during these retreats that a unique blue print for recovery was created that their clients christened a Shared Program of Recovery ©. Their clinical practice and published works have been inspired by their sustained commitment to practice the principles of recovery in all their affairs. View Guest page

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George E. Leary Jr., M.A.

George E. Leary Jr., M.A., provides mental health services to addicts and those living with HIV/AIDS. He established and operated two recovery houses in Baltimore, Maryland, and served for nine years on a mobile crisis intervention team. View Guest page

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Dr. Jerry Lerner

Dr. Jerry Lerner joined Sierra Tucson in Dec 2010 as Chief of Pain Medicine and was appointed Interim Medical Director in December 2012. Dr. Lerner received his medical education and specialty training at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He is Board-certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and a diplomat of the American Academy of Pain Management. His treatment philosophy is to serve as a guide and facilitator, bringing together knowledge and appreciation of medical, surgical, rehabilitation, and alternative strategies to serve individuals with pain, trauma, and disabilities. He is the former medical director of Sacred Heart Rehabilitation Hospital, Mount Carmel Health and Rehabilitation Center, Performance Enhancement Rehabilitation, and The Center for Integrative Pain and Rehab. He has been a clinical instructor at the Medical College of Wisconsin for over 20 years and has served frequently as a medical-legal expert on cases involving injuries, pain, and disability. View Guest page

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Nicholas Lessa, MA, LCSW, CASAC

Nicholas Lessa has been managing high quality, outpatient treatment centers for substance use disorders in New York since 1991. Mr. Lessa is currently the Chief Executive Officer and partner of Inter-Care, Ltd., with outpatient treatment programs in mid-town Manhattan and Westchester. He is a licensed clinical social worker, a master’s level psychologist, and a credentialed alcohol and substance abuse counselor. He is the lead author of two books: Wiley Concise Guides to Mental Health: Substance Use Disorders and Living with Alcoholism and Drug Addiction. Mr. Lessa is an Associate Adjunct Professor at New York University’s Silver School of Social Work and Adelphi University’s School of Social Work. View Guest page

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Petros Levounis, MD, MA

Petros Levounis, MD, MA, is the Director of The Addiction Institute of New York (formerly Smithers) and Chief of Addiction Psychiatry at St. Luke's and Roosevelt Hospitals in New York City. Dr. Levounis is a board-certified addiction psychiatrist, Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM), and Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association (APA). His academic interests include the psychotherapy and psychopharmacology of addiction, the teaching of Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine, gay and lesbian mental health, and the behavioral addictions. Dr. Levounis is the co-author of the self-help book “Sober Siblings: How to Help Your Alcoholic Brother or Sister and Not Lose Yourself” (DaCapo Books/Perseus, 2008). He is currently writing a textbook on “Co-occurring Substance Use and Other Psychiatric Disorders” for addiction counselors and a textbook on “Motivation and Change” for general psychiatrists. View Guest page

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Michelle Lipinski

Michelle Muffett-Lipinski, M Ed, is the Founder of the icanhelp(SM) Program and the Founder/Principal of Northshore Recovery High School (NSRH) in Beverly, MA. For 20+ years, she has served in roles as Biology, Health and Chemistry teacher along with leadership and service roles such as Alternative Education Director and Adolescent related Health Advisory Boards. She focuses on developing rigorous academic programs that address the “whole-child”, particularly students most at-risk of academic and social failure. Michelle developed NSRH as a response to the overwhelming amount of students presenting with significant mental health/substance use disorders. NSRHS is a specialized high school designed to meet the diverse academic and emotional needs of adolescents struggling with substance use and its co-occurring disorders. Michelle also started the icanhelp program, operated through Potential Connections LLC, to address the number of students who are unable to connect with a trusted community partner. View Guest page

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Franklin Lisnow, MEd, MAC

Franklin Lisnow, MEd, MAC, Executive Director of CeDAR (The Center for Dependency, Addiction and Rehabilitation ). Mr. Lisnow has over 35 years of experience in treating chemically dependent individuals and their families. He served as vice president of a 110-bed Pennsylvania treatment center and co-founded the Vermont Addiction Counselors Association. He is past president and 10-year board member of the National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors. Mr. Lisnow currently serves on the board of the Society of Addiction Counselors of Colorado. A frequent national spokesman and lecturer about addiction treatment issues, he has authored numerous articles and publications in the addiction field. View Guest page

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Angela Lutz

Working more than a decade within the health and fitness industry, Angela Lutz has achieved numerous certifications including Holistic Life Coaching from the Chek Institute, Fitpro through Apex Fitness Bodybugg Program, Certified Personal Trainer through American Fitness and Aerobics Association (AFAA) and Pilates Certification with National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). As a Holistic Life Coach (HLC), author and speaker, Angela has worked with groups in various churches, schools, and corporations. Specializing in nutrition plans, and identifying and overcoming the root issues of disorderly eating, Angela presents truths, dispels the rumors, and shows you, step-by-step, how to initiate authentic change to last a lifetime. View Guest page

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George MacDonald

George MacDonald is an accomplished writer, actor and comedian. George has over 23 years sober and spreads his recovery message through the gift of comedy. George has performed with such stars as Jay Leno, Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock, Dane Cook, and Dennis Miller, just to name a few. George is also a playwright, some of his works include: At The Funny Factory, Waiting for Whitey, and Whistling Past The Graveyard. George is a member of The Dramatist Guild of America, Actors Equity Association, Screen Actors Guild and The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. View Guest page

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Dan Mackler, LCSW

Daniel Mackler, LCSW is the director of the 2008 documentary “Take These Broken Wings,” a feature-length film on recovery from schizophrenia without medication. He is also the co-author (with Matthew Morrissey, LMFT) of the 2010 book “A Way Out of Madness: Dealing with Your Family After You Have Been Diagnosed with a Psychiatric Disorder,” published by ISPS-US, the United States chapter of the International Society for the Psychological Treatment of Schizophrenia. Additionally, he is the co-editor (with David Garfield, MD) of “Beyond Medication: Therapeutic Engagement and the Recovery from Psychosis”. He is presently completing two new feature-length documentaries on alternative European treatment programs for people diagnosed with psychosis (the Family Care Foundation in Gothenburg, Sweden, and the Open Dialogue Approach in Western Lapland, Finland), for which he has received a grant from the Santa Fe Community Foundation. Daniel was also a psychotherapist in New York City for ten years. View Guest page

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Bill MacPhee

Bill MacPhee appears on the ‘One Hour at a Time’ radio show to discuss “Living with Schizophrenia”, his advocacy work in the mental health field, and the creation of Magpie Publishing, Inc. Since Magpie’s debut in 1994, Bill has prided himself on his work as a mental health advocate to help those who struggle with schizophrenia, just as he once did. In addition to producing SZ Magazine & Anchor Magazine, Bill travels throughout North America to give inspirational talks about how he pulled himself from the depths of depression to become the successful businessman, husband and father he is today. Bill is also the focus of Canadian film maker Mark Ashdown’s 2009 film, Life After Mental Illness: The Story of Bill MacPhee, which not only highlights Bill’s life with schizophrenia, but the stigma attached to the illness as well. View Guest page

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Katy MacRae

Katy MacRae is a licensed clinical social worker, currently employed at Yale University and Yale New Haven Hospital. She is a consultant and educator for therapists, providing inservices and online training. Her current fields of interest include technology for therapists (including HIPAA compliance for email and texting) and Mindful Creativity, a technique of blending artmaking with meditation. She can be reached via her website, View Guest page

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Judy Magnon

Judy Magnon trained as an RN at New Hampshire Hospital School of Nursing and received her Bachelor's from New England College. She became Board certified in Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing in 1985. She became licensed as an addictions counselor in New Hampshire in 1993. She has over 40 years in the field of mental health and over 20 years in the addictions field. She has worked in a variety of settings, including NH Hospital, mental health centers, a VA hospital and the US Army Nurse Corp, in multiple states. She has presented on Co-Occurring Disorders and ACT Teams around the country. She is currently Program Director of WestBridge South in Brooksville, Florida. View Guest page

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Azfar Malik, MD

Azfar Malik, MD, MBA, FAPA, is a board-certified in psychiatry and neurology with secondary certification in both addictive and geriatric psychiatry. He is chief executive officer of CenterPointe Hospital; board chairman of his private group, Psych Care Consultants; assistant clinical professor, department of psychiatry at Saint Louis University Health Science Center, and principal investigator and president of Psych Care Consultants Research. View Guest page

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Alison K. Malmon

Alison Malmon is the founder and Executive Director of Active Minds, Inc., the only national organization dedicated to utilizing the student voice to raise mental health awareness on college campuses. Alison started Active Minds following the suicide of her brother, Brian, who had experienced depression and psychosis for three years while in college but had concealed his symptoms and not received the support he needed. On March 24, 2000, as Alison was wrapping up her freshman year at the University of Pennsylvania, Brian ended his life. Recognizing that few students were talking about mental health although many were affected, Alison wanted to change campus culture. She became dedicated to combating the stigma of mental illness by encouraging students to seek help at an early stage, and preventing future tragedies like the one that took her brother’s life. View Guest page

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Ronald W. Manderscheid, Ph.D.

Ronald W. Manderscheid, Ph.D., has served as the Director of Mental Health and Substance Use Programs at the Global Health Sector of SRA International since 2006. In this capacity, he is developing new demonstration and research projects around mental health and substance use services, programs, and systems, using a public health framework. Previously, Dr. Manderscheid served as Branch Chief, Survey and Analysis Branch, for the federal Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS), SAMHSA. During the Clinton National Health Care Reform debate, Dr. Manderscheid served as Senior Policy Advisor on National Health Care Reform in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. He served as principal editor for eight editions of Mental Health, United States. Each month, he prepares the Manderscheid Report for Behavioral Healthcare. Dr. Manderscheid has also worked in a variety of positions with the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). View Guest page

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Omar Manejwala, M.D.

Omar Manejwala, M.D., is the Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of Catasys in Los Angeles. Dr. Manejwala is a psychiatrist, a fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a diplomate of the American Board of Addiction Medicine. He has extensive addiction experience and a passion for integrated treatment approaches. Previously, Dr. Manejwala served as Medical Director at Hazelden. Prior to Hazelden he was the associate medical director at the Farley Center and the executive chief resident in Psychiatry at Duke University Medical Center. He graduated from the University of Maryland School of Medicine and earned his MBA from the University of Virginia's Darden School. Dr. Manejwala appears frequently in the national media to address the topic of addiction and compulsive behaviors. View Guest page

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Velvet Mangan

Velvet Mangan has been a transformational activist in the recovery community focusing her efforts on the healing and wellbeing of young women. She has incorporated her years of life experience and knowledge of women’s suffering and addiction into her mission and ultimately her sense of purpose. Velvet opened her doors and her heart to restore the soul sickness she once suffered from herself years ago and has now developed one of the leading women’s drug and alcohol treatment programs in Southern California, Safe Harbor Treatment Center. By breaking the silence women are so used to enduring in the grips of addiction, Velvet continues to change the stigma and barriers women face day to day. Velvet is an inspiration to young women who walk side by side with her learning what it means to be authentic, to live in ones truth, to live in recovery, to live in sobriety, and most importantly to live in love. To learn more about Velvet and her work visit View Guest page

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Donna Marston

Donna Marston is the author of Peeling The Onion: A Mother’s journey of healing and learning through the years of my son’s drug addiction and recovery. She currently speaks at Rehabilitation Centers, Peer and support groups about co-dependency, enabling, addiction and recovery. For more information or interested in having her speak at your event, please contact her at Donna also is the Founder of Families Sharing Without Shame, a parent support group. For meetings schedule visit Donna has also written articles for a Southern NH newspaper about enabling and co-dependency. View Guest page

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Dr. Lisa Marzilli

Dr. Lisa Marzilli holds a Doctorate of Pharmacy Degree with a sub-specialty in pharmacokinetic research and a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy. She has worked in the home infusion/oncology industry and in retail pharmacy, focusing largely on outpatient educational services and wellness programs in disease-state-management. She joined Dominion Diagnostics in 2009 to focus on clinical research and specialized educational programs. View Guest page

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Prakash Masand

Prakash Masand, MD, is the Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Global Medical Education (GME) and Chief Scientific Officer at the Atlanta Institute of Medicine and Research. He has served as Consulting Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University Medical Center and Director of Therapeutic Area Development, Neurosciences Medicine at Duke Clinical Research Institute. He is the founder of psychCME, a leading program for continuing medical education, which was acquired by OPTUMHealth. He was also named a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine. The author of more than 300 abstracts, articles, and chapters, Dr. Masand’s work has been published in journals like The New England Journal of Medicine, American Journal of Psychiatry, Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, and Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology. Dr. Masand serves on several editorial boards and is a frequent speaker at medical meetings around the world. View Guest page

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Jennifer Matesa

Jennifer Matesa has written about health and life transformation for more than twenty years, including Navel-Gazing: The Days and Nights of a Mother in the Making, Knowing Stephanie, and just released THE RECOVERING BODY: Physical and Spiritual Fitness for Living Clean and Sober. In 2010 she established the blog Guinevere Gets Sober (, for which she has interviewed many scientists, practitioners, authors, and ordinary folks with stories about recovering from addiction. She has contributed to many publications, and has taught writing at the University of Pittsburgh. Since 2012 she has regularly educated groups of medical students about ways to prevent, identify, and respond to addiction in their patients. In 2013 she was awarded a yearlong fellowship with the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in recognition of her public education about the human potential to heal. View Guest page

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Ingrid Mathieu

Ingrid Mathieu, Ph.D., holds a master's in transpersonal psychology and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology. As a psychotherapist and writer, she is interested in emotional sobriety, holistic health and authenticity. Since 2004, she has been working with substance dependent clients and their families. She maintains a private practice in Beverly Hills, CA and writes a blog for Psychology Today called Emotional Sobriety. View Guest page

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John McAndrew

John McAndrew is a singer/songwriter and piano player from St. Paul, MN who lives in Nashville, TN. Recent appearances include: The 50th Anniversary of NATO; The Elizabeth Taylor Whitman-Walker Fund-raiser; The Betty Ford 25th Anniversary Alumni Banquet; The National Town Hall Meeting with Colin Powell; The Summit (TASA) Nashville, TN; The Utah School of Alcohol and Addictions, Salt Lake City, UT; and US Journal of Science Conference, Las Vegas, NV. John performed his composition, “Like We Were Made of Gold” at the closing ceremonies of the 2000 International AA Convention at the Metrodome in Minneapolis, MN. While touring, John speaks and performs for recovery audiences across the country, working regularly with Cumberland Heights in Nashville, TN, The Betty Ford Center in California, English Mountain Recovery in Sevierville, TN, WestBridge in Manchester, NH, Hazelden in Center City, MN, and Cirque Lodge in Sundance, Utah. “Good Enough,” his last album was released by MauiKat Records in Los Angeles. Three of his songs are featured in the film, “Jesus Mary and Joey“, starring Olympia Dukakis and Stacy Keach. Johns’ song, ”Give Me New Eye’s”, is featured in the film called “Jakes Corner” starring Diane Ladd and B.J. Thomas. John’s newest project is called, “I Am Home” a live concert DVD, CD and Broadway one man show. His music is also featured in the new film,” One Little Red Wagon” directed by David Anspaugh, out in 2011. View Guest page

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Tennie McCarty

Tennie McCarty is a certified addictions specialist and licensed counselor in chemical dependency. She has been featured on the Oprah Winfrey Network’s “Addicted to Food,” Nightline, The Dr. Oz Show, The Joy Behar Show, Intervention, and others. Described as morbidly obese by a doctor at the age of 13, she suffered from an eating disorder that went un-diagnosed and un-treated for decades. In recovery from bulimia and compulsive overeating and a survivor of abuse, Tennie has grown up to become an internationally esteemed therapist, mother of four and the CEO of the residential treatment center, Shades of Hope. Co-founded by Tennie in 1987, Shades of Hope is an all addictions treatment center specializing in the treatment of eating disorders; offering experience, strength and hope to the women and men desperate to recover from the disease of addiction. The mother of a recovering anorexic, Tennie has a unique insight into the nature of disordered eating. Her expertise manifests itself through her work in anger reduction, family sculpting and intensive addiction recovery workshops. View Guest page

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Lee McCormick

Lee McCormick is the founder of The Integrative Life Center in Nashville, The Ranch Recovery Center in Tennessee, and The Canyon Treatment Center in Malibu, California and has been a creative force in the Mental Health and Recovery scene for over 15 years. He founded Spirit Recovery Inc. to produce Healing and Recovery conferences and Spiritual Journeys around the world. Lee is also a founder in Nashville’s Integrative Life Center and IOP/PHP Community Recovery program in Nashville, Tennessee. Lee also has authored The Spirit Recovery Meditation Journal to assist people in reclaiming their lives. Lee is the executive producer and has a leading role in the documentary Dreaming Heaven, the true story of the experiences of 18 people over five days at Teotihuacán. He has led many journeys to this place of power and has developed a far-reaching relationship with the mystery of the shamanic world that is present there. The documentary chronicles one of these experiential journeys. View Guest page

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Dr. Robert N McLay

Robert Neil McLay is a psychiatrist and the Research Director for the Mental Health Directorate at Naval Medical Center San Diego. Dr. McLay’s primary research interests involve the effects of stress on the brain. He has studied this at the molecular, cellular, behavioral, and clinical levels. He is currently involved in trials examining the use of Virtual Reality in the treatment of PTSD, the genetics of this disorder, and the role of sleep and medications in resilience against combat stress. He is the author of the upcoming book Ghosts and the Machine: stories of Iraq, Afghanistan and Virtual Reality Treatments for PTSD. He served with the Navy at NMCSD, Marine Base Twenty-nine Palms, Naval Hospital Yokosuka, and was deployed with First Marine Division to Iraq in 2008, where he served as the psychiatrist for Camp Fallujah Iraq. While in Iraq was the first provider to use Virtual Reality to treat Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in the combat environment. View Guest page

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Dr. David Mee-Lee

Dr. Mee-Lee is a leading expert in co-occurring substance use and mental disorders with over thirty years experience in person-centered treatment and program development. He is not your usual psychiatrist, nor is he your usual educator. He writes and speaks in down-to-earth, jargon-free language and makes learning challenging and enjoyable. Audiences consistently express satisfaction with his combination of rich content and practical approach delivered in his engaging style. His down-to-earth upbringing in Australia coupled with his Chinese heritage makes for an interesting mix of dry humor and quiet wisdom. David is a Board-certified psychiatrist and is certified by the American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM). He is also Chief Editor of the ASAM Patient Placement Criteria and is a Senior Advisor to The Change Companies. View Guest page

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David Mee-Lee, M.D.

David Mee-Lee, M.D., is Senior Vice President for The Change Companies®. He is a board-certified psychiatrist, and is certified by the American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM). Dr. Mee-Lee has trained and consulted for hundreds of organizations, ranging from small mental health centers to government departments and national behavioral healthcare companies. Dr. Mee-Lee is also Chief Editor of the Revised Second Edition of the ASAM Criteria. He has over 30 years experience in person-centered treatment and program development for people with co-occurring mental health and substance use conditions. Dr. Mee-Lee earned his medical degree from the University of Queensland, Australia, in 1972. He earned an M.S. in Psychiatry from Ohio State University in 1976. View Guest page

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Donald Meichenbaum, Ph.D.

Donald Meichenbaum, Ph.D. is the Research Director of The Melissa Institute and Distinguished Professor Emeritus, University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. He has served as Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Miami, School of Education. He is one of the founders of cognitive behavior therapy. North American clinicians voted Dr. Meichenbaum "one of the 10 most influential psychotherapists of the 20th century." He received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Clinical Division of the American Psychological Association in 2008. He has published extensively, and his most recent book is Roadmap to Resilience. He is one of the founders of The Melissa Institute. View Guest page

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Andrea Meier

Andrea Meier is on the faculty of the Department of Psychiatry at Dartmouth Medical School in Lebanon, New Hampshire. She has an extensive clinical background as a dually licensed addiction and mental health clinician in Vermont. In the past, she served as Clinical Supervisor of a co-occurring adolescent treatment program in Burlington, Vermont. Her current research and training interests are in developing the evidence-base for integrated psychosocial therapies, and understanding effective approaches to clinician training and clinical supervision. She is working with Dr. Mark McGovern in the Addiction Health Services Research section of the Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Center (PRC). Current research projects funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) include topics of addiction, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and integrated treatment within community and Veteran Affairs behavioral health care centers. View Guest page

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Nancy Merrill PMHCNS,BC

Nancy Merrill PMHCNS,BC has been in the field of psychiatry since 1977. She is currently the program Director of the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services at McLean Hospital in Belmont Massachusetts. In her 18 years at McLean she has been part of the various teams that developed Naukeag, Fernside and the Brook. She has participated in several national research studies and served for several years as the co-chair of NURS the advanced practice nursing group. She has a private practice specializing in the treatment of people with addictive disorders and the families of people with addiction disorders. View Guest page

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Jeff Messer

Jeffrey Miller, DC, DABCO

Dr. K. Jeffrey Miller is a native of Shelby County, Kentucky. He received his Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Chiropractic degrees from Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa in 1987. After graduation he completed postdoctoral orthopedic training through Parker College of Chiropractic in Dallas, Texas. In 1993 Dr. Miller became the first chiropractic orthopedic specialist to practice full-time in the state of Kentucky and was youngest chiropractic orthopedist in the country. He is both a Diplomate of the American Board of Chiropractic Orthopedist (DABCO) and a Fellow of the Academy of Chiropractic Orthopedist (FACO). In Dr. Miller’s book titled “The Road to Happiness Is Always Under Construction”, Dr. Miller gives his readers 50 activities for creating a positive outlook. If you are looking for tools to aid in your overall wellness and health, the activities in Dr. Miller’s book can strengthen that process. View Guest page

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Jerry Moe

Jerry Moe, MA, MAC, CET II is Vice President, National Director of Children’s Programs at the Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage, California, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Texas, and Denver, Colorado. An Advisory Board Member of the National Association for Children of Alcoholics (NACoA), he is internationally known as an author, lecturer, and trainer on issues for young children from addicted families. Jerry received the 2005 America Honors Recovery Award from the Johnson Institute, the 2000 Ackerman/Black Award from NACoA for “significantly improving the lives of children of alcoholics in the United States and around the world.” Jerry’s latest book is Understanding Addiction and Recovery Through a Child’s Eyes: Hope, Help, and Healing for Families. Jerry’s work has been featured on numerous television shows and publications. He was featured on the PBS documentary Lost Childhood: Growing Up in an Alcoholic Family. He was also recently featured in the Nick News special, “Under the Influence: Kids of Alcoholics, which won the Emmy award in September 2011. Jerry has been developing programs and facilitating groups for children from addicted families since 1977. View Guest page

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Jamison Monroe, Jr.

Jamison Monroe, Jr., Founder and CEO of Newport Academy, went through years of personal recovery and treatment programs for drug abuse as a teen before finally getting sober. Newport Academy is the culmination of Jamison’s journey and desire to create an unrivaled setting to help teens and their families recover from the destructive effects of behavioral health issues. Today, Newport Academy is the nation's leading treatment center for teens and young adults. View Guest page

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Kristina Morgan

Kristina Morgan is a poet with a master of fine arts from Arizona State University. She is currently working and managing her co-occurring disorders (schizophrenia and alcoholism) with medication and Twelve Step recovery. Mind Without A Home is her first book. View Guest page

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Kathy Moser

Kathy Moser is an award winning songwriter and performer in long-term recovery. With four albums released she tours nationally. For the past five years she has combined her passions for music and recovery. Through workshops and performances she has helped thousands of people explore and strengthen their recovery skills. In the songwriting workshops, people in early recovery write, rehearse and record an original song on a recovery topic. These workshops have created a growing body of recovery music with titles like “Fake It Til You Make It.” Her concerts present these songs, as well as her original material. Whether taking a guided tour through the landscape of early recovery or celebrating the gift of recovery, these concerts always have audiences singing along. She often performs with her band “The Promises Collective.” She has performed at Father Martin’s Ashley, Alina Lodge, Rutgers Summer Institute on Addiction Studies, The Cape Cod Symposium, and Gosnold on Cape Cod. View Guest page

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William C. Moyers

William C. Moyers is the Vice President of Public Affairs and Community Relations at the Hazelden Foundation and author of the New York Times best-selling book Broken: My Story of Addiction and Redemption. View Guest page

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Kathleen M. Murphy, PhD, MT-BC

Kathleen M. Murphy received her doctorate in Music Therapy from Temple University. She has been working as a music therapist for over 25 years. Kathleen has worked in medical, mental health, and educational settings with both children and adults. She has created music therapy programs in nursing homes, hospitals, and schools. Dr. Murphy is the Director of Wellness & Complimentary Therapies, at Seabrook House, a residential treatment facility for adults diagnosed with substance use disorders. She provides group and individual music therapy sessions in the short-term residential program, and the women’s extended care program. She has developed music and imagery based sleep hygiene protocol for use by individuals in recovery who are experiencing sleep difficulties. She has developed a stress management program based on the principles of AA/NA. Dr. Murphy serves on the Board of Directors of the American Music Therapy Association. View Guest page

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Craig Nakken

Craig Nakken is the author of several Hazelden titles, including the perennial best seller, The Addictive Personality. He is a popular public speaker and a highly respected private practice counselor, with years of working in the frontlines in a number of treatment facilities. View Guest page

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Dr. Tammy Nelson

Tammy Nelson PhD, is a sex and relationship expert, an international speaker, author and a licensed psychotherapist with over 25 years of experience working with individuals and couples. She holds a Doctorate in Philosophy, a PhD in sexology from the American Academy of Clinical Sexology a Certified Sexologist, a Diplomate of the American Board of Sexology, a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Registered Art Therapist, and a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor, and Certified Imago therapist. She is the author of several books including, "Getting the Sex You Want; Shed Your Inhibitions and Reach New Heights of Passion Together" as well as “What’s Eating You? A Workbook for Anorexia and Bulimia.” She has been a featured expert in Glamour Magazine, Cosmopolitan, Men’s Health Magazine, and a source in Time Magazine. She has written for Psychotherapy Networker and other trade journals and can be followed on her blog Her website is View Guest page

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Lisa Neumann

Lisa Neumann is president and founder of Competency Coaching, a life and recovery coaching organization that seeks to help not only addicts, but those who love them. She is the founder of The Art of Sobriety Workshops. Workshops designed for both the addict and the codependent in the relationship. Lisa has helped hundreds of men and women regain their integrity and evolve into recovered and productive individuals. Lisa is the author of Sober Identity: Tools for Reprogramming the Addictive Mind. She does a weekly radio program in Panama City, Florida which includes on-air coaching for addicts seeking help with the challenges of recovery and their personal evolution. Lisa currently resides in Southern California with her family. She is a mom, recovered addict/alcoholic, an athlete (most of the time), a pseudo-cook (time and kid’s appetite permitting), and most importantly a trusted friend. View Guest page

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Eric Newhouse

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Eric Newhouse has been an editor of the Tribune since 1988, serving as news editor, editorial page editor and projects editor respectively. He also served as a juror for the 2007 and 2008 Pulitzer Prizes, judging the entries in the explanatory reporting category. Before joining the Tribune, Newhouse had an 18-year career with The Associated Press, the national wire service. Newhouse won the Pulitzer Prize in 2000 for “Alcohol: Cradle to Grave,” a 12-part series of stories that were published once a month throughout 1999. It was also honored by the NAADAC, the Society of Addiction Professionals; the Research Society on Alcoholism; and the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers. One of his books, “Faces of Combat, PTSD & TBI,” was published by Issues Press in the fall of 2008. You can learn more about the book at its Web site: www.FacesOfCombat.US View Guest page

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Katherine (Kathy) Norgard, MSW, Ph.D.

Dr. Norgard consults and teaches locally and internationally in the field of psychodrama and is an associate faculty member at ASU College of Public Programs. She has worked extensively assisting political refugees who are seeking asylum. Norgard speaks and advocates for the prevention and early detection of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD), and is involved in prison reform. Norgard authored Hard to Place: A Crime of Alcohol (about FASD), a children’s book on the Montessori teaching method, co-authored a text on child abuse and neglect, and various other articles. View Guest page

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Joseph Nowinski, Ph.D.

Joseph Nowinski, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist who has taught at the University of California–San Francisco and the University of Connecticut and has served as supervising psychologist at the University of Connecticut Health Center. He is the author of Twelve Step Facilitation Therapy (TSF), which is listed in the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices, and Almost Alcoholic: Is My (or My Loved One’s) Drinking a Problem?, with coauthor Robert Doyle. He blogs regularly for the Huffington Post and Psychology Today View Guest page

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Dr. Cardwell C. Nuckols

Dr. Cardwell C. Nuckols is described as “one of the most influential clinical and spiritual trainers in North America.” Dr. Nuckols’ passion and mission is to assist in the integration of emerging scientific research with traditional spiritual and self-help wisdom. From this integration comes knowledge, inspiration and technique helpful to those whose practice assists alcoholics, addicts and other mental health patients find healing and their personal road to recovery. Dr. Nuckols is widely published, having authored more than 60 journal articles, 30 books and workbooks, 50 DVDs, CDs and videos, and 25 audiotape series. His latest publication is entitled The Ego-Less SELF: Achieving Peace and Tranquility Beyond All Understanding (HCI). Dr. Nuckols’ first book Cocaine: Dependency to Recovery, is a trade best seller, as are, his booklets Quitting Heroin, Quitting Alcohol and Quitting Marijuana (Hazelden). View Guest page

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Rosemary O’Connor

Rosemary O’Connor is founder of Recovery Services for Women and a certified recovery/life coach. She has been a workshop facilitator for Bayside Marin and on staff of the Alta Mira Recovery Programs, Muir Wood Adolescent Family Program, and Five Sisters Ranch. Rosemary serves on the advisory board of Stepping Stone, the oldest alcohol and drug recovery program for women in northern California. View Guest page

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Patricia O’Gorman, Ph.D.

Patricia A. O’Gorman, Ph.D., is an internationally renowned psychologist, coach, and public speaker. She is recognized for her work with women and children of alcoholics, focusing on trauma. Her warm, humorous persona has made her a favorite inspirational speaker. Her latest book, The Girly Thoughts 10-Day Detox Plan: The Resilient Woman’s Guide to Saying NO to Negative Self-Talk and YES to Personal Power is a prequel to The Resilient Woman: Mastering the 7 Steps to Personal Power, published in 2013. For more information on Dr. O’Gorman and her books, visit: View Guest page

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Li AiXinJueLuo O’Hara

Li AiXinJueLuo O’Hara MS CAGC II received her Master’s degree from Oregon State University in Counseling Psychology in 2006. Since that time she has conducted group and individual counseling for gambling addiction. Her clients have been Caucasian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, Laotian and Thai. Li is an Asian Services Coordinator at Volunteer of America Oregon. Li also holds a Master of Art Degree in Education from China, Dalian University of Technology which was a joined program with the British Council. View Guest page

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Lorie Obernauer, Ph.D.

Lorie Obernauer, Ph.D., founder and president of LO Group, Inc. provides consultation and coaching services to organizations and individuals in the area of addiction recovery management. Consultation services for addiction treatment organizations focus on the design, development, and implementation of robust recovery support and alumni services programs. In her recovery coaching practice, Lorie offers recovery education to clients, empowering them to create a joyful, balanced life in recovery. Lorie is also the founder of TPAS, a national organization that champions treatment center alumni professionals and long term recovery support initiatives. View Guest page

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Dr. David Ohlms

Dr. David Ohlms is CenterPointe Hospital's Medical Director for Chemical Dependency Services. He is a psychiatrist who has specialized in addiction disease for 40 years. Dr. Ohlms an internationally recognized expert in the field of addiction, and is perhaps best known for popularizing the concept that alcoholism is a primary disease. Dr. Ohlms earned his certification in addiction medicine from the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) in 1986 and was appointed a Fellow of the Society in 1997. In 2006, he was named a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. In 2007 he received the Missourian Award for having pioneered changes in the treatment of addictions in his home state of Missouri. View Guest page

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Mary Olson, Ph.D., LICSW

Mary Olson, Ph.D., LICSW is an international lecturer in the fields of communication and family therapy. She is an Adjunct Associate Professor at Smith College School for Social Work and an affiliate of the University of Massachusetts Memorial Medical School MA. In 2001, she was Fulbright professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Jyvaskyla and has been a visiting professor at other universities in Finland, Italy, and the US. From 1990-1995, under Dr. Carlos Sluzki, Chairman, she was the Director of the Clinical Externship in Systemic Family Therapy in the Department of Psychiatry, Berkshire Medical Center. She has numerous publications on the open dialogue approach, training in network and language-based therapy, eating disorders treatment, and the effects of managed care. She has an independent psychotherapy and consultation practice at the Mill River Institute in Haydenville, MA. View Guest page

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Susan Mullins Overman

Susan Mullins Overman, LMHC, TEP has worked with eating disorders, trauma and substance abuse for the past 20 years. She is a primary therapist at Hyde Park Counseling Center, a women's residential treatment center in Tampa, Florida. Susan is a Trainer, Educator and Practitioner of Psychodrama, an action method of doing therapy. Susan uses psychodrama and other experiential methods with clients individually and in group. Along with Sandra Seeger, LMHC, PAT she co-founded South Tampa Psychodrama Training. They have presented trainings on psychodrama locally and nationally. They are the authors of “Sociodrama A Deux: A New Hybrid” published in the Journal of Psychodrama, Sociodrama and Group Psychotherapy. Susan is the past secretary of the local Tampa Bay Chapter of the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals. She is on the scholarship committee for the American Society of Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama and is past president of the Tampa Bay Association for Women Psychotherapists. Susan has a Master’s Degree in Mental Health and Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of South Florida in Tampa. She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. View Guest page

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Cheryle Pacapelli

Cheryle Pacapelli is a woman in long-term recovery from alcohol and other drugs for 25+ years, she joined HOPE for New Hampshire Recovery as the Executive Director in September 2014. She comes to HOPE from Connecticut where she worked as a Program Manager for Recovery Housing, Director of Operations, and the Director of Recovery Services at CT Community for Addiction Recovery (CCAR) from 2004-2012. During her time at CCAR she managed three Recovery Community Centers, Telephone Recovery Support Program, Recovery Housing Program, Volunteer Services, Recovery Coach Training, Recovery Training Series, and Recovery Walks. She is the co-owner of Stepping Stone House, a transitional living home for men in recovery seeking to transition from treatment and jail back into mainstream society. Cheryle has been providing and implementing recovery support services for over 10 years. Cheryle has a passion for helping others to maintain and sustain their recovery. View Guest page

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Andrew J. Pace BS CAC

Andrew J. Pace BS CAC - Andy is the founder and managing director of Little Creek Lodge. He holds a degree from New York State University in Human Services, Certified Addictions Counselor and Certified Gambling Counselor with 20 years in recovery. Andy has been an in-patient treatment counselor and lead counselor for ten years and also has had a private counseling practice for 4 years. As a professional drummer and musician for over 30 years, Andy has performed worldwide with C&C Music Factory, Gary US Bonds, Taylor Dane, The Brat Pack, Cover Girls and many others. View Guest page

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Dottie Pacharis

Dottie Pacharis is the mother of a bipolar son who took his life five years ago. After her son died from untreated bipolar disorder, she became an advocate for giving families more control over the healthcare needs of people with mental illness. Dottie is retired from a law firm in Washington, D.C., and lives with her husband, George, also retired. They divide their time between Fort Myers Beach, Florida, and West River, Maryland. She volunteers at the National Alliance on Mental Illness in Naples, Florida during the winter months and in Annapolis, Maryland during the summers. Recently Dottie has learned that the United Methodist Women’s Reading Program Committee has selected Mind on the Run to be on its 2013 reading list. View Guest page

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Wendy Parmley

Wendy Parmley suffered a disabling bike accident in September 2011. Unable to return to her 20 year nursing career because of her injuries, Wendy began writing her book, which details her own healing journey following her mother’s suicide. She now sees suicide prevention and suicide survivors’ support as her new life’s work. Wendy has long advocated for suicide prevention and has participated on various professional and community based groups dedicated to that end. She also recognizes the need to unashamedly support those who must continue to live in the painful aftermath of a loved one’s suicide and passionately lends her voice to that cause. Prior to her accident, Wendy worked in nursing, earning her MBA from Brigham Young University in 2007. View Guest page

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Alkesh Patel

Triple boarded in General Psychiatry, Addiction Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine, Dr. Alkesh Patel has a wealth of experience and expertise in the addiction field. Prior to joining Mountainside Treatment Center, he completed his addiction training and worked at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York as Associate Director of the Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship Training Program. His clinical work focused on developing integrated treatment programs for patients with chronic pain and addiction. At Mountainside, Dr. Patel provides medication management to clients in all levels of care including clients with dual diagnoses. Under his care, clients receive the full continuum of psychiatric services. View Guest page

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Paige Paul

A graduate of the College of Santa Fe, BA, and Southwestern College, MA, Paige has been working in inpatient treatment settings with an addiction focus for the past two years. She is experienced in working with co-occurring disorders in all phases of the recovery process, and has received extensive training in sexual addiction. As a skilled Art Therapist, Paige utilizes this creative therapy to facilitate growth and empower patients from within. Paige currently facilitates the Men’s Sexual Integrity Program. View Guest page

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Paul Pellinger

Paul has a career that spans over 20 years in addiction treatment. He has worked as a counselor, manager, court appointed liaison, and consultant. Over the years Paul has helped open some of the most successful treatment facilities in South Florida, along with providing career changing opportunities to those whom share the same passion of helping those in need. As Chief Strategy Officer, Paul brings his years of wisdom and insight directly to Recovery Unplugged staff and clients. View Guest page

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Dr. Mel Pohl, MD, DFASAM

Mel Pohl, MD, DFASAM is board certified in Family Practice, certified by American Board of Addiction Medicine and a Distinguished Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine. He is the Chief Medical Officer of Las Vegas Recovery Center. He is on the planning committee for ASAM’s “Common Threads, Pain and Addiction” Course and co-chair of ASAM’s Pain and Addiction Workgroup.
He is a nationally known speaker and co-authored Pain Recovery: How to Find Balance and Reduce Suffering from Chronic Pain; Pain Recovery for Families: How to Find Balance When Someone Else’s Chronic Pain Becomes Your Problem Too and A Day without Pain.
His newest book with Kathy Ketcham from Da Capo Press, The Pain Antidote - Stop Suffering from Chronic Pain, Avoid Addiction to Painkillers, and Reclaim Your Life was published in 2015.
He just filmed a show for PBS on chronic pain called “The Pain Antidote” which will air in August, 2016 around the country. View Guest page

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Dr. Richard A. M. Powell

Dr. Richard A. M. Powell graduated from Westbrook University in Weirton, W. V., Central States College of Naturopathic Medicine in Columbus, Ohio, International Academy of Medical Acupuncture in Carefree, Ariz. and Wellcoaches, Inc. A naturopathic physician specializing in neurobiofeedback, life and wellness coach, pastoral counselor and CEO of Southern Idaho Naturopathic Clinic, he currently resides in Twin Falls, Idaho with his wife and four sons. Powell believes in family and community and is an active volunteer with the United States Air Force Auxiliary - Civil Air Patrol, Twin Falls County Sheriffs Departments Search & Rescue and the Boy Scouts of America as well as an avid scuba diver, private pilot, repelling and other outdoor sports. Dr. Powell is an advocate for homeless and abused children and children from dysfunctional homes and children from less advantage homes. Dr. Powell feels that he has one purpose in life and that is to help others achieve the most out of lives. View Guest page

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Neal Powers

Neal Powers earned critical acclaim for his first novel, Millie's Honor. He writes with a keen eye and a wry sense of humor. A retired FAA aviation safety inspector and pilot, motorcyclist, artist, and musician, his recent Op-Ed columns about PTSD and returning combat veterans have appeared in newspapers across the US, including the Washington Times. In 2003, at Neal Powers’ 40th high school reunion, he and his classmates waxed nostalgic about growing up in a much safer era. Afterwards, though, he realized that something about that didn’t ring true to him. He and his classmates lived under constant threat of nuclear war with the Soviet Union. The CIA was meddling with governments around the world. His generation endured the Vietnam War and the violence that accompanied the civil rights movement. Retelling this history from the inside out became the impetus behind Powers’ first book, Millie’s Honor, and its sequel, Letters to Millie. His new book chronicles the struggles a complex cast of characters from the town of Raleigh, modeled after his hometown of Fulton, Missouri, as they navigate the challenges of their time. The show will focus on the historical events that most shaped Neal’s generation, Why friends, family, and a sense of community are more essential in coping with life’s difficulties more than ever and lessons this generation can learn from the triumphs and mistakes of the previous. View Guest page

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Sharlene Prinsen

Sharlene Prinsen and her husband Sean have been married for nine years and have two children. She is a teacher in Northern Wisconsin. This is her first book. View Guest page

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Peter Przekop, DO, PhD

Peter Przekop, DO, Ph.D., is an academic physician with appointments in neurology, pediatrics, and psychiatry and an osteopath who directs the pain management track at the Betty Ford Center, a part of the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation. He is Board Certified in Neurology and Addiction Medicine. Since 2004, he has been a member of the faculty at Loma Linda University Medical School, where he holds appointments in psychiatry, pediatrics, and neurology. His interests are in the relationship between pain and brain dysfunction, and he utilizes various techniques including functional imaging studies. He founded the Pediatric Chronic Pain and Headache Clinic at Loma Linda Children's Hospital in 2008. He has published over 40 articles and is active in teaching students, residents, and fellows. View Guest page

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Joseph Pyle

Joseph Pyle, MA President, Thomas Scattergood Behavioral Health Foundation Joseph Pyle, MA, has more than 20 years’ experience in behavioral health, serving eight years as a CEO at various institutions including MeadowWood Behavioral Health System, Northwestern Institute of Psychiatry, Malvern Institute, Friends Hospital, and presently serving as President of the Thomas Scattergood Behavioral Health Foundation. View Guest page

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Toni Raiten-D’Antonio

Toni Raiten-D’Antonio is a psychotherapist in private practice, a professor of social work at Empire State College in New York, and a writer. Her two previous books, The Velveteen Principles and The Velveteen Principles for Women, have inspired hundreds of thousands of readers worldwide and have been used to train professionals in such varied settings as public schools, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and state prisons. A former television and stage performer, she is also a much sought-after public speaker who has entertained, motivated, and educated college students, health care professionals, charitable groups, and the New York Jets football team. View Guest page

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Annie Ramniceanu

Annie Ramniceanu is the Associate Executive Dir. of Clinical Programs at Spectrum Youth & Family Services in Burlington, VT. She was an Adjunct Professor in the Graduate Counseling Program at the UVM and appointed by BISHCA to serve on the Independent Panel of Mental Health Care Professionals. She consulted on the SAMHSA/CSAT Treatment Improvement Protocol Manual on Best Practices for Clinical Supervision. Annie was the Past Pres. of the VT Addiction Professionals Assoc. and serves as Chair of VT’s Alcohol & Drug Certification Board. She’s on the Executive Committee of the IC&RC; a global leader in certifying Alcohol and Drug Counselors. In 2012 she was awarded the Burlington’s BPW “Woman of Achievement” award. She was also chosen as one of VT’s 25 Most Outstanding Women by Vermont Works for Women Labor of Love. She is a graduate of Columbia University and completed a Masters in Science in Counseling at the UVM. She is licensed in VT as a Clinical Mental Health Counselor and Alcohol and Drug Counselor. View Guest page

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Brad Reedy

Brad Reedy, Ph.D. Evoke Therapy Programs View Guest page

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Carolyn Reinach Wolf

Carolyn Reinach Wolf is an Executive Partner in the law firm of Abrams, Fensterman, Fensterman, Eisman, Formato, Ferrara & Einiger, LLP and Director of the Firm's Mental Health Law practice. Ms. Wolf's practice concentrates in the areas of mental health and health care law, representing mental health and health care professionals, major hospital systems and community hospitals, institutional and community outpatient programs, skilled nursing facilities, higher education institutions, individuals and families. View Guest page

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Mark R. Reinhart

Mark R. Reinhart has been a practitioner of the arts for the balance of his life. He is a Fifth Generation student/practitioner/teacher of Yang Family Taijiquan, and is trained in Sun Style through his certification with Dr. Paul Lam's Tai Chi for Health Programs.® Reinhart’s training covers a wide array of External and Internal martial arts styles and numerous Qigong styles and systems. Reinhart holds a Masters in Medical Qigong and is a Medical Qigong Therapist of record at the Henan University of Traditional Chinese Medicine (China). He has extensive, and ongoing, training in Chinese Herbal/Dietary Medicine, Essential Oils, Classical and Traditional Chinese Medicine, as well as Neuromuscular Therapy (St. John Method). Reinhart is a Professional Member of the National Qigong Association (NQA) and is currently serving as President. He is a regular presenter at the NQA’s National Conferences, and teaches extensively working with support groups and hospital-affiliated organizations. His book, Tune Up… You’re on in Ten Minutes was published in 2004. He is based in Hazleton, PA. View Guest page

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Peter Rosch

Peter Rosch is the writer and creative force behind numerous ad campaigns including LEVI’S, MILLER BREWING CO., and the new critically acclaimed Fear No Susan Glenn AXE commercial. When he isn’t writing ads, educating his fans via his blog, outlining ideas for books and films, or performing as his alter ego, Joey Jo Jo, in NYC’s most prolific douche rock band, The Future, you will most likely find him playing fetch with his cat, Target. Yes, his cat plays fetch. In October, Rosch will celebrate four years of sobriety. View Guest page

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Mark Rose

As an addiction professional for the past 17 years, Mark Rose has been involved in diverse scientific, forensic, and publication endeavors, included authoring scientific papers published in peer-reviewed psychiatry and addiction journals, researching and writing courses for physician audiences, testifying in criminal trials as a court-validated expert witness in addiction, providing expert opinion to attorneys, conducting research on the effects of cocaine use on the human brain, and on the helping activities of sponsors in Alcoholics Anonymous, writing books on prescription opiates and alcoholism. As a licensed psychologist for 16 years, Mark Rose has performed psychological, intellectual, chemical dependency and disability evaluations on the clientele of criminal defense, disability, and personal injury attorneys. Mark Rose also works as a medical writer with the pharmaceutical and medical device industry, and with organizations providing continuing medical education to physicians. View Guest page

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Kenneth Paul Rosenberg, MD

Kenneth Paul Rosenberg, MD, is currently a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Public Health at Weill Cornell Medical College/New York Presbyterian Hospital. Ken Rosenberg has produced many educational related films and videotapes over his career. Some of his works include: “Through Madness: The Subjective Experience of Psychosis,” WNET (1992), “Why Am I Gay?: Stories of Coming Out in America,” HBO (1993), “Back From Madness,” HBO (1996), “Drinking Apart: Families Under the Influence,” HBO (2000), “Cancer: Evolution to Revolution,” HBO, (2000), and “Bedlam”, independent short film about psychiatry (2009). From 1994-2009, Ken Rosenberg has been a consulting editor for the Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy. He has also written many articles on health related topics, two of which are “Sexual Dysfunctions Among Psychiatric Patients” (2001) and “Studies of Sexual Dysfunction Among Severely Ill Psychiatric Patients” (2001). View Guest page

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Michele Rosenthal

Michele Rosenthal is a bestselling author and certified professional coach. She is a former faculty member of the Clinical Development Institute for Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center and the founder of She is also a trauma survivor who struggled with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) for over twenty-five years before making a full recovery. In her role as a mental health advocate Michele is the winner of the Survivor Advocate Award (Mending Broken) and finalist for the Health Activist Hero Award (WEGO Health). She has also made frequent media appearances. Michele’s books include the recovery memoir, Before The World Intruded: Conquering the Past and Creating the Future, (selected as a finalist for the Books For A Better Life Award, Next Generation Indie Book Award, and the International Book Award); Your Life After Trauma: Powerful Practices for Reclaiming Your Identity; and Heal Your PTSD: Dynamic Strategies that Work. View Guest page

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Mary Anne Roy

Mary Anne Roy is a licensed psychologist with extensive experience in the mental health and substance abuse fields working with children, adolescents and adults. She has been with Crossroads since 2010 as a counselor and clinical supervisor. In her current role as clinical director, Dr. Roy oversees all of Crossroads’ outpatient and residential clinical practices at the agency’s four sites. View Guest page

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Dr. Margaret Rutherford, Clinical Psychologist/Author

Dr. Margaret Rutherford has been in clinical practice for over twenty years in Fayetteville, Arkansas. She graduated in 1992 from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, where she served as Chief Intern at Parkland Hospital. She’s the author of the eBook, “Seven Commandments of Good Therapy,” which is available on her website, Dr. Margaret Rutherford: Helping You Believe In Yourself ( Her writing and expert advice can be found on The Huffington Post, The Mighty, Readers Digest, Prevention, as well as many other online venues. She received the Arkansas Psychological Association’s 2009 Private Practitioner of the Year award, and is an adjunct psychiatry faculty member at the University Of Arkansas For Medical Sciences. View Guest page

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Kevin A. Sabet, Ph.D.

Kevin A. Sabet, Ph.D., is Director of Drug Policy Institute at University of FL and an Assistant Professor in the College of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry. With Patrick J. Kennedy, he co-founded Project SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana). He is a policy consultant to domestic and international organizations and advises non-governmental organizations working to reduce drug abuse. He is an advisor to the UN and other multi-national organizations. Dr. Sabet’s blog is housed at Huffington Post and he contributes to op-ed pages, including Washington Post, New York Times, Christian Science Monitor, Los Angeles Times. Two op-eds earned him “Five Best Columns” by The Atlantic. He is winner of John P. McGovern Award for Drug Prevention given by Institute for Behavior and Health and Robert DuPont, founding director of National Institute on Drug Abuse. He received his Ph.D. and M.S. from Oxford University as a Marshall Scholar, and B.A. in Political Science from University of CA. View Guest page

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Anne Salter

Anne Salter, LCSW, MFT, CSAT has been working with families, adult individuals and couples, and conducting workshops, retreats, as well as groups for 30 years. Her focus has always been on emotional healing of the self. She specializes in relationship work using family of origin therapy and experiential techniques such as psychodrama, gestalt and family of origin sculpting. She has studied family and group work from many masters, including Virginia Satir, Sharon Wegscheider Cruse and John Heider. Anne Salter is also an addiction specialist, certified by John Hopkins University in 1978. She has taught addiction courses at Barry University, presented addiction seminars around the United States and worked as a consultant to area treatment centers, conducting training for other therapists. She is a certified sex addiction therapist after undergoing training under Patrick Carnes, Ph.D. View Guest page

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Jenni Schaefer

Jenni Schaefer is an internationally known author and speaker whose work has helped change the face of recovery from eating disorders. Her appearances on shows like Dr. Phil and Entertainment Tonight, in publications ranging from Cosmopolitan to The Washington Post, and before live audiences have brought a world of hope to men and women seeking real solutions. "I want people who struggle with eating disorders to know it is possible to move from being 'in recovery' to being 'fully recovered,'" she says. "I want them to get into life and follow their dreams, not be stuck in or defined by an eating disorder." With her latest book, Goodbye Ed, Hello Me: Recover from Your Eating Disorder and Fall in Love with Life (McGraw-Hill), Jenni takes readers a giant step further on her journey and theirs, outlining the path from recovery to liberation. View Guest page

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Nancy Scherlong

Nancy Scherlong, LCSW, PTR, M/S has a Master’s degree in Social Work and is licensed in both NY and CT states with Foundations and Wellness training from the Mentor Coach Foundation, a Registration and Mentor/Supervisor credential in Biblio/Poetry Therapy from the International Federation for Biblio-Poetry Therapy, and over 20 years of institute training in therapeutic writing, action methods of psychodrama and trauma processing techniques. Nancy is a Certified Holistic Health Counselor from the Integrative Institute for Nutrition in NYC. She has extensive experience in group facilitation, particularly with: communication and relationship enhancement, women in transition, adolescent socialization skills, creativity seminars, corporate wellness and stress management and healthy living workshops and psychodynamic and educational groups utilizing the arts as a path to wellness. View Guest page

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Terry D. Schneekloth

Dr. Terry D. Schneekloth is a Consultant in the Department of Psychiatry and Psychology at Mayo Clinic Rochester, Co-chair Division of Addiction, Pain and Transplant Psychiatry and Psychology, director of Mayo Addiction Services, and an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry in Mayo’s Graduate School of Medicine. His academic and clinical interests include alcoholism, transplant psychiatry, mood and anxiety disorders, and treatment of impaired professionals. View Guest page

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Zev Schuman-Olivier, MD

Zev Schuman-Olivier, MD is the new Medical Director for Boston Area Team at WestBridge. He is ABPN board certified in adult psychiatry. He graduated from Tufts University School of Medicine with AOA honors. He received psychiatry training at Harvard Medical School, completing adult psychiatry residency at Cambridge Health Alliance, where he was chief resident for addiction services. He completed specialty fellowship training in addiction psychiatry at Harvard/Partners Health Care where he developed clinical specialty areas, including young adults with dual diagnosis and outpatient treatment of opioid dependence. He is trained to provide evidence-based therapies for addiction including motivational interviewing, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and dialectical behavior therapy. He was nationally recognized for his research on buprenorphine treatment for opioid dependence as the winner of the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry Young Investigator Award. He currently has a prestigious Dupont-Warren research fellowship from the Harvard Medical School Department of Psychiatry. In addition, he is principal investigator on several grants, including an ongoing NIH-supported randomized controlled trial of mindfulness training vs. cognitive-behavioral therapy for smoking cessation, which is funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. He conducts lectures and trainings on the integration of mindfulness into addiction treatment and recovery programs. View Guest page

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Alan Schwarz

Alan Schwarz is a national correspondent for The New York Times. Schwarz was a finalist for the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for his multi-year series of more than 120 articles on the dangers of concussions in football, which have been widely credited with revolutionizing the respect and protocol for head injuries in almost every major youth and professional sport. Before joining the times he was a nationally-recognized baseball writer and the author of the best-selling book, "The Numbers Game: Baseball's Lifelong Fascination with Statistics." He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in mathematics. View Guest page

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Paula Davies Scimeca, RN, MS

Paula Davies Scimeca, RN, MS, obtained her baccalaureate degree in Nursing from Adelphi University and her master’s degree in Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing from the State University of NY at Stony Brook. Her career has spanned over three decades, with the first ten years spent in medical, surgical and critical care nursing. With over twenty years’ experience in addiction and psychiatric nursing, she is a recognized expert who presents nationally on the subject of addiction recovery in nurses. Author of “Unbecoming A Nurse” and “From Unbecoming A Nurse to Overcoming Addiction,” she serves on the Board of Trustees for the International Nurses Society on Addictions’ Foundation for Addiction Nursing. View Guest page

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David Sheff

David Sheff, the author of the New York Times best-selling memoir “Beautiful Boy” about his son Nic’s decade-long struggle with addiction, and the author of the new book, “Clean: Overcoming Addiction and Ending America’s Greatest Tragedy.” David’s new book examines drug abuse and treatment, based on the latest scientific evidence and his own expertise as an investigative journalist. View Guest page

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Joseph Shrand, MD

Joseph Shrand, MD, is an instructor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and the Medical Director of CASTLE (Clean and Sober Teens Living Empowered), an intervention unit for at-risk teens that is part of High Point Treatment Center in Brockton, Mass. Dr. Shrand was formerly on staff at Massachusetts General Hospital as well as the Medical Director of the McLean Hospital Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Ambulatory Care and Adolescent Residential Programs. With more than 20 years as a practicing psychiatrist, Dr. Shrand has vast experience in the field of adolescent anger management and conflict resolution which has made him a sought after speaker. He is also affectionately known as Dr. Joe, as he was Joe in the original PBS TV Children’s TV show, ZOOM, which won two Emmy Awards in the early 1970’s. Dr. Shrand is the only ZOOM kid to have published any books. View Guest page

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Terrence Daryl Shulman

Terrence Daryl Shulman is a native Detroiter. Mr. Shulman completed his undergraduate degree in English Literature at the University of Michigan in 1987. He graduated from The Detroit College of Law in 1991 and has been an attorney-at-law since 1992 specializing in mental health law and criminal defense work. He returned to and graduated from the University of Michigan in 1997 and has since then been a full-time certified social worker and addictions therapist. He worked as a counselor at a chemical dependency clinic from 1997 – 2004 and was the clinic director from 1998 – 2000. Since 2004, Mr. Shulman has been the Founder/Director of The Shulman Center for Compulsive Theft & Spending in metro-Detroit. He counsels clients in person and by phone from across the U.S. and Canada. He has authored four recovery books: “Something for Nothing: Shoplifting Addiction and Recovery” (2003), “Biting The Hand That Feeds: The Employee Theft Epidemic” (2005), “Bought Out and $pent! Recovery from Compulsive $hopping and $pending” (2008), and “Cluttered Lives, Empty Souls: Compulsive Stealing, Spending and Hoarding” (2011). Mr. Shulman has organized and presented at many conferences across the U.S. He has also been featured in numerous media interviews including The Oprah Winfrey Show in 2004. Mr. Shulman has been in recovery himself since March 1990 from addictive-compulsive shoplifting and stealing. He is the founder of C.A.S.A. (Cleptomaniacs And Shoplifters Anonymous) which has support groups in the metro-Detroit area and across the U.S. View Guest page

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Shannon Shy

Shannon Shy is a senior civilian attorney with the Department of the Navy and a retired U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Lieutenant Colonel. In 1997, while on active duty with the Marines, he was diagnosed with a severe case of obsessive-compulsive disorder or "OCD." His OCD had become so severe he became practically non-functioning. He constantly found himself in a seemingly endless loop of intrusive and irrational thoughts, mental anguish, physical pain, and odd behaviors. Finally, after some nudging from his wife and a colleague and after one very memorable OCD episode, he called a psychiatrist. With the aid of doctors, medication, and behavioral therapy, he developed an effective behavioral strategy (what he calls “Ground Rules and Checkpoints”) to manage his OCD. He now lives a very happy and productive life and has for many years--without medication and without doctors. View Guest page

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Janet Singer

Janet Singer is an advocate for OCD awareness, that obsessive-compulsive disorder, no matter how severe, is treatable. At age 18, her son suffered from OCD so debilitating he could not eat. Today, thanks to exposure and response prevention (ERP) therapy, he is living life to the fullest. Janet recounts her family’s story in her book, Overcoming OCD: A Journey to Recovery. She also writes regularly for and, and has been published on many other web sites including Beyond OCD and Mad in America. She started her own blog, ocdtalk ( View Guest page

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Michael Skinner

Michael Skinner is a nationally known award-winning advocate survivor addressing the issues of trauma, abuse and mental health concerns through public speaking and his music – he has spoken at the National Press Club, was a keynote presenter at a conference held by the United Nations, The State Department and Georgetown University on the sexual exploitation and trafficking of children and adults and he has appeared on many TV, radio and Internet shows – he was part of the Oprah Winfrey Shows that addressed the issues of males sexually abused as children. His music and advocacy website has been visited by well over a million visitors and he has formed the non-profit, the Surviving Spirit, that offers Hope, Healing and Help for those impacted by trauma, abuse and mental health through the creative arts, a monthly newsletter and website. View Guest page

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Joel Slack

Joel Slack is a leader in the national and international mental health consumer advocacy movement. He uses his lived experience with mental illness, treatment and recovery to develop innovative programs that create opportunities for his peers and advance the issues of respect and recovery at all levels of the mental health system.
Over his 30-year career, Joel transformed mental health systems by spearheading the creation of senior management positions for Peers, reformed the culture of mental health organizations by sharing his RESPECT Seminar to over 400,000 participants in 42 countries and most recently, he developed the RESPECT Institute, a program that helps participants to heal and prepares them to confidently articulate and share their stories of recovery to audiences across the state of Missouri and Georgia.
Joel is a graduate of Allegheny College and resides in Montgomery, Alabama. View Guest page

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Ann W. Smith

Ann W. Smith MS, LMFT, is a nationally recognized leader and expert in the field of codependency, presenting at conferences throughout the U.S., Canada, and Finland. As a licensed marriage and family therapist, she has spent nearly thirty years researching the impact compulsive disorders have on individuals and family systems. Ann is also the director of Breakthrough at Caron—a program she designed for Caron Treatment Centers aimed at helping adults shift destructive life patterns, improve relationships, and foster personal growth. Ann's experience has landed her interviews with National Public Radio, Newsweek, Us Magazine, Redbook, U.S. News and World Report, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, and numerous other newspapers, magazines, and radio and TV programs across the U.S. Currently, she is a contributor to Psychology Today's website through her popular blog, Healthy Connections. Ann has also authored Grandchildren of Alcoholics: Another Generation of Co-dependency. View Guest page

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Lindy Fox Smith

Lindy Fox Smith, MA, LADC, is a Trainer and Consultant, in the field of co-occurring mental illness and substance use disorders. She retired from the Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Center, after working there for 23 years as a Sr. Research Associate. She worked on research projects examining the effectiveness of treatment for people with serious mental illnesses and substance use disorders. Working with Robert Drake, Ph.D., M.D., she has been involved in research, diagnostic assessments, supervision, training, and consultation. She has a great deal of clinical experience providing group and individual treatment to consumers with dual diagnoses. View Guest page

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Barry Solof, MD

Barry Solof, MD, FASAM is a graduate of Yale Medical School and has been practicing addiction medicine for 35 years. He was the Regional Chief of Addiction Medicine for Kaiser Permanente in Southern California, as well as an Associate Professor of Psychology at Los Angeles City College. Dr. Solof is the Medical Director of Michaels’ House, a nationally recognized rehabilitation facility for addiction and co-occurring disorders, located in Palm Springs, CA. View Guest page

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Tuesdae Stainbrook

Dr. Tuesdae Stainbrook is an infectious disease physician in central Pennsylvania. She is board certified in internal medicine and infectious diseases and has a master’s degree in public health. Dr. Stainbrook has a large hepatitis C treatment population and is considered to be one of the largest hepatitis C providers in Pennsylvania. She has been crucial in bringing community and physician awareness and free hepatitis C testing to her area. In 2007, she was honored with the Viral Hepatitis Award of Excellence given by the Commonwealth of PAH Department. Dr. Stainbrook is the author of a new book Hepatitis C: What you need to know, which provides answers and detailed lifestyle changes for patients and their families. View Guest page

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Heather Stang

Heather Stang, M.A., is the author of the newly released book, Mindfulness and Grief. As a certified Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy practitioner, meditation instructor, and bereavement group facilitator, Stang’s passion is helping individuals manage stress and restore balance to their lives after the trauma of loss. Based on an 8-week program developed by Stang herself, Mindfulness & Grief offers weekly themes that incorporate meditation, yoga, journaling and creative expression to calm the mind, strengthen the body and regulate emotions. Heather lives and works in Frederick, Maryland and is a member of the Association of Death Education and Counseling (ADEC). Stang offers private Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy sessions, retreats and Yoga for Grief groups. For more information about Mindfulness & Grief, visit View Guest page

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Tracy Stecker

Tracy Stecker, Ph.D. is a psychologist at the Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Center. She developed a curriculum titled Using a Brief Intervention to Motivate Clients to Get Help in collaboration with Hazelden. Her focus is on treating veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan returning with PTSD and/or substance abuse issues. Several of these projects have been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Institute for Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse. View Guest page

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Luke Stoeckel

Luke Stoeckel, PhD is the Director for Clinical Neuroscience at the MGH-Harvard Center for Addiction Medicine. He is a licensed clinical neuropsychologist. He completed his undergraduate studies at Harvard College, his graduate studies in the Medical/Clinical Psychology program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and internship/postdoctoral training at MGH and Harvard Medical School (HMS). His research focuses on the investigation of abnormal brain-behavior relationships in disorders such as addiction, obesity, and schizophrenia. He has received several prestigious awards including the Norman E. Zinberg addiction research fellowship from the HMS Department of Psychiatry, a Brain & Behavior Research Foundation (NARSAD) Young Investigator Award, and an NIMH NCDEU New Investigator Award. His research aims to improve our understanding of the pathophysiology of addiction in order to develop new, more effective individualized therapies and is supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation. Finally, he serves as a resident advisor for first-year students at Harvard College. View Guest page

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Dan Stone, MSW, LCSW, LISAC, CT is a social worker and counselor who specializes in addictions and grief. Dan has been a counselor at Cottonwood Tucson since 1995. He has worked with adults and adolescent females providing substance abuse assessments, relapse prevention workshops, and individual and group grief sessions for patients and family members. He has also been a primary counselor on the adult unit as well as working with adolescent females. He has presented on Complicated Grief in both Tucson, New York and London and has facilitated workshops for clients experiencing loss.
Dan has had a private practice in Tucson since 1999. He has treated adult clients of all ages who have a variety of problems. Since 1998 Dan has received training in developing an expertise in grief counseling and grief therapy through his membership in the Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC). Dan is a graduate of New York University’s School of Social Work. View Guest page

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Misti A. Storie, MS

Misti A. Storie, MS, is currently the Education and Training Consultant for NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals. Storie is the Technical Writer for Integrating Treatment for Co-occurring Disorders: An Introduction to What Every Addiction Counselor Needs to Know, as well as previous educational seminars entitled New Horizons: Integrating Motivational Styles, Strategies and Skills with Pharmacotherapy, Pharmacotherapy: Integrating New Tools into Practice, New Innovations in Opioid Treatment: Buprenorphine and Medication Management for Addiction Professionals: Campral Series that toured across the United States from 2006 to 2009. View Guest page

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Ed Storti

Ed Storti, Author, Lecturer and Intervention Specialist, is an International and California Certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor and Board Registered Interventionist. He has choreographed over 3,600 motivational interventions throughout the world. Ed’s educational lectures and presentations on Motivational Intervention, Professionalism in the Workplace, The Disease of Appetite and Professionalism for Intervention Specialists are requested by medical centers, chemical dependency facilities, universities and national conferences. Ed is a member of the National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors, the California Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors and the Association of Intervention Specialists. He is on the Board of Directors for the House of Hope Foundation, San Pedro, CA. He is the recipient of the 2009 Spirit Award from the Gooden Center, Pasadena, CA. and the 2011 Pillar of the Community Recognition Award from Sierra Tucson Treatment Center, Tucson, AZ. View Guest page

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Charles Strauss

Charles Strauss, LICSW is a clinical social worker in private practice in the Boston area. He works across the full range of gender and sexuality, providing individual, relationship, and family therapy for both youth and adults. He facilitates the Bisexual and Bi-Curious Men's Group at Fenway Community Health, Boston's preeminent health clinic focused on the needs of the LGBT community. He was awarded the Bisexual Resource Center’s Unsung Hero Award. He is a member of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH), the organization responsible for establishing standards of care in the allied health professions. View Guest page

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Scott Strode

Scott Strode, an accomplished tri-athlete, mountaineer, ice-climber, outdoorsman, and recovering alcoholic, is the Founder and Exec. Dir. of Phoenix Multisport. Phoenix Multisport has offered a unique approach to combating substance abuse by fostering a supportive, physically active community for individuals who are in recovery and those who choose to live a sober life. In Sept. 2012, Scott received the first CNN Hero award and in Dec. Scott took part in a TV broadcast honoring all Top 10 Heroes. View Guest page

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Nicholas Strouse

Prior to founding Westport Family Counseling, Director, Nicholas Strouse studied and worked with treatment teams at several major hospitals, including Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, the New York State Psychiatric Institute, and Silver Hill Hospital. Mr. Strouse did his undergraduate work at New York University, received his masters from Adelphi University, and attended classes at the Child Trauma Institute, where he trained in EMDR. Mr. Strouse is certified in EMDR and specializes in the use of adaptive treatment strategies. Mr. Strouse has given several presentations on Trauma and the Recovery of Self, and he is currently preparing lectures on The Physics of Love, and Technology and the Adolescent Brain; in addition, he is working on a book, The Avatar Self: The Psychology Of Living In The Digital World. View Guest page

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Richie Supa

Richie Supa is a New York singer/songwriter with over 300 songs recorded and 4 solo albums to his name. Artists who have cut his songs reads like a who’s who of the music industry, with over 50 million records sold. Supa has been a behind-the-scenes voice in the legendary rock band Aerosmith for years, including being a touring member. Richie’s greatest personal accomplishment is his 27 year recovery. Over this time Richie has helped thousands of addicts with his personal insight and inspiring music. View Guest page

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Sylvester “Skip” Sviokla III, MD

Sylvester “Skip” Sviokla III, MD is a 1967 graduate of Harvard College and a 1972 graduate of Harvard Medical School. He was owner and medical director of Skip Sviokla Entertainment Medicine, Inc. and of Medical Weight Management, Inc. in MA. Additionally, he has served as an emergency-room director, a chief of occupational medicine, and a VP of outpatient services in a number of hospitals. In recent years since his struggle with substance abuse and the loss and eventual reinstatement of his medical license, he has received certification from the American Society of Addiction Medicine and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Addiction Medicine. He is a staff orientation speaker for Rhode Island Hospital, where he talks to incoming physicians about the perils of substance abuse and addiction in the medical community. He is the medical director of several methadone clinics in RI and co-owns a substance abuse clinic dedicated to helping others get well and regain their lives. View Guest page

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Lauren T.

"In The Big Book Simplified, Lauren T. aims to clarify the key messages in The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous. The workbook follows the chapter format of The Big Book, and each chapter concludes with multiple choice and discussion questions. Lauren, an active member of Overeaters Anonymous, wrote this book with a fellow recovering in A.A. They generalize the message of healing to all addicts by writing about “addiction” instead of “alcoholism.” Several rehab facilities are teaching the book to their clients, and it sits on the shelves of many bookstores, including Lauren is also working on other business ideas related to recovery from addiction. She has extensive marketing experience working for Fortune 500 companies and startups alike in industries ranging from television to finance. In her free time, Lauren likes to practice yoga, travel, cook and read. She is a native Californian who has lived in Connecticut, New York, England, Spain, and Israel." View Guest page

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TAADAS is a statewide, consumer-oriented, association representing thousands of consumers in recovery, family members, healthcare professionals & providers. The mission of TAADAS is to provide a collaborative voice for addiction, co-occurring, prevention and recovery support services to effect positive change in their state. For more information about TAADAS, please visit View Guest page

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Raymond V. Tamasi

Raymond V. Tamasi is the President/CEO of Gosnold on Cape Cod – the region’s leading substance abuse and mental health organization. He has been with the company since 1972 and was appointed CEO in 1991. During his tenure at Gosnold, Mr. Tamasi has overseen the development of innovative and progressive programs. Over the past 42 years, he has led the company from its humble beginnings as a small, single floor detox unit to a regional authority on addiction prevention, intervention, education, treatment and recovery. Raymond has worked tirelessly to serve those affected by addiction and to expand access to quality treatment programs through the development and implementation of innovative and cost-effective initiatives. These efforts have been honored by several behavioral health and addiction treatment organizations. Raymond is committed to redefining addiction prevention, intervention, education, treatment and management by treating addiction as the chronic illness that it is. View Guest page

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Raymond V. Tamasi

Mr. Tamasi joined Gosnold at its inception in 1972 and has served in a number of clinical and administrative positions including addiction counselor, Director of Counseling Services, Program Director, and Vice-President. He was named Gosnold’s President/CEO in 1992. He oversees the Gosnold inpatient, residential, and outpatient programs that comprise the Cape’s largest behavioral health treatment organization. Mr. Tamasi is on the Board of the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers, a member of American College of Healthcare Executives, the Network for the Improvement of Addiction Treatment, Cape Cod Hospital Board of Incorporators, and the Association for Behavioral Health. Before joining Gosnold, Mr. Tamasi worked in the private sector for 7 years in the greater New York area. He received a Bachelor's of Arts in Economics from Rutgers University and has a Masters in Education with a concentration in Counseling and Healthcare Administration from Cambridge College. View Guest page

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Dr. Andrew Tatarsky

Dr. Tatarsky holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from The City College of the City University of New York (1986). He has specialized in the field of substance use treatment for over 25 years working as a counselor, psychologist, program director, trainer, advocate and author. Dr. Tatarsky is a founding executive board member of the Association for Harm Reduction Therapy. Some of his written works include: Developing your healthiest relationship to marijuana: A harm reduction approach, Addiction, meaning and understanding, Harm reduction psychotherapy: Extending the reach of traditional substance use treatment. His book: Harm Reduction Psychotherapy: A New Treatment for Drug and Alcohol Problems (2007) has been an essential piece of work in the area of harm reduction, which can be a guiding stone for many clinicians and clients on their treatment journey. Dr. Tatarsky is also on the editorial boards of Harm Reduction, an on-line journal and the international Journal of Drug Policy. View Guest page

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Kathleen Tavenner Mitchell

Kathleen Tavenner Mitchell is currently the Vice President and National Spokesperson for the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and a noted international speaker on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) and Women and Addictions. Ms. Mitchell is a licensed clinical alcohol and drug counselor (LCADC) , has a Master of Human Services (MHS) degree and twenty-five years of experience as a national educator, clinician, and lecturer. View Guest page

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Pat Taylor

Pat Taylor, Executive Director, Faces & Voices of Recovery, leads a nationwide campaign working to mobilize the recovery community to seek and implement public policies that support recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs; break down barriers that preclude access to recovery; change public attitudes to prioritize addiction recovery and show the public and policymakers that recovery is happening for millions of Americans and their families in communities across America. She has over 30 years of experience developing and managing local and national public interest advocacy campaigns on a range of issues including healthcare, community development and philanthropy. She directed the Alcohol Policies Project at the Center for Science in the Public Interest, and the Advocates Senior Alert Process at the health advocacy group Families USA and is a graduate of the University of Michigan. View Guest page

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Beth Terry, CSP, Speaker, Author, Resilience Expert

Beth Terry, CSP, is an expert on Resilience, Stress, Change and Service. Since 1989, she has spoken to hundreds of thousands of people in 6 countries, spanning a wide variety of audiences. Beth is a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) which is the highest earned designation from the National Speakers Association.
Beth's life has been touched by the special needs population. Her younger sister has high-functioning Asperger’s, her nephew is Autistic, and she lost a brother to Heroin addiction.
She is the author of 5 books: Walking in a Crowd of Angels: A collection of inspirational stories and quotes; 27 Secrets of Successful Management; Thinking About Thinking;101 Ways to Make Your Life Easier, and her newest book, Resilience Not Included: Helping Your Kids Learn to Bounce Back. Beth also writes in two blogs: and She was a frequent guest columnist for the three major Hawaii newspapers and hosted a television talk show Making Your Life Work. View Guest page

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Doug Tieman

Doug Tieman has been the President and CEO of Caron Treatment Centers since 1995 and has spent 30 years in the addiction treatment field in treatment center and industry leadership positions. He began his career with the Hazelden Foundation, and has served as Chairman of the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers, a member of the American College of Addiction Treatment Administrators. He is currently a Board Member of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence and the American Foundation for Addiction Research, and serves on the Behavioral Healthcare Editorial Advisory Board.
Following undergraduate degrees from both Concordia and Northwood Universities, Mr. Tieman completed the Minnesota Management Institute at the University of Minnesota, and received an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Concordia University. He is the recipient of several awards. View Guest page

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Dr. E. Fuller Torrey, M.D.

: Dr. E. Fuller Torrey, M.D., is a research psychiatrist specializing in schizophrenia and manic-depressive illness (bipolar disorder). He is founder of the Treatment Advocacy Center and Executive Director of the Stanley Medical Research Institute, which supports research on schizophrenia and manic-depressive illness. His work at the Stanley Medical Research Institute includes participating in ongoing collaborative research on viruses and other infectious agents as a cause of these diseases. He is also a Professor of Psychiatry at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and an Adjunct Professor at the George Mason University School of Law. Dr. Torrey has appeared on national radio and television (outlets like NPR, Oprah, 20/20, 60 Minutes, and Dateline) and has written for many newspapers. He received two Commendation Medals by the U.S. Public Health Service, a 1984 Special Families Award from NAMI, a 1991 National Caring Award, and in 1999 received a research award from the International Congress of Schizophrenia and a humanitarian award from NARSAD. Dr. Torrey is also the author many books and papers, including a new book titled “The Insanity Offense: How America's Failure to Treat the Seriously Mentally Ill Endangers Its Citizens” View Guest page

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Genevieve Tregor, M.S., Founder and Facilitating Teacher

Genevieve received a MS in Kinesiology, from California Polytechnic State University. She has completed the MBSR Teacher Training Practicum as required by the University of Mass. Medical School’s Center for Mindfulness in Medicine advanced teacher training, she is a Certified Instructor of Radiant Heart Qi Gong, and a Certified Instructor of Physical Fitness and Training through the Cooper Institute of Aerobic Research. Genevieve has worked in the healthcare sector in public health, mental health research, and health education. When she experienced a debilitating back injury she began to explore in-depth the intersection of mind, body and spirit. Genevieve engaged in an intensive inquiry into the nature of wholeness; exploring various traditions including Talmud and Catholic Mysticism, and eventually immersed herself in the Buddhist tradition with the practice of Vipassana (also known as Mindfulness or Insight Meditation). View Guest page

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Cara Tripodi, LCSW

Cara Tripodi, LCSW, CSAT owns S.T.A.R-Sexual Trauma and Recovery in PA, focusing on sexual addiction, sexual anorexia and love/relationship addiction. As a thought leader on out of control sex and partners of intimate betrayal, Ms. Tripodi began the 1st intensive program for partners of sex addicts and co-authored Intimate Treason, a book for partners of sex addicts. She’s a Board Member of the Society for Advancement of Sexual Health (SASH), an organization dedicated to research of problematic sexual behaviors. View Guest page

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Christopher Tuohy

Christopher Tuohy has played in a variety of musical groups; and led his own groups in Las Vegas performing at many of the major Hotel’s. Chris was awarded a scholarship to Julliard in New York City and was a graduate student in the University of Maryland’s Music Program. Chris has a BA Degree in Music and Dance. He is the Artistic Director of FORTE, a Music, Dance and Art Studio that opened August 2011 in Washington State. View Guest page

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Cynthia Moreno Tuohy

Cynthia Moreno Tuohy is the Executive Director of NAADAC, the Association of Addiction Professionals. She previously served as the Executive Director of Danya Institute and the Central East Addiction Technology Transfer Center and the Program Director for Volunteers of America Western Washington. In addition, she has 20 yrs experience as administrator of multi-county, publicly funded alcohol/drug prevention/ intervention/ treatment centers for all ages. For over 19 years, Moreno Tuohy has been an international trainer in a variety of topics including Domestic Violence/Anger Management and Conflict Resolution. She has served as President of NAADAC, Certification Board Commissioner, International Chair, Treasurer and Legislative Chair for NAADAC. Moreno Tuohy holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work and is certified both nationally and in Washington State. View Guest page

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Maureen Underwood

Maureen Underwood is a licensed clinical social worker and certified group psychotherapist with over thirty-five years of experience in mental health and crisis intervention. From 1985 to 2000, she was the coordinator of the New Jersey Adolescent Suicide Prevention Project. In this role, she initiated collaborative relationships between mental health and educational systems, providing in-service training, consultation on policy development, and assistance in the implementation of procedures for school-based crisis management. She has also provided clinical training in suicide assessment for emergency room mental health screeners. Maureen is the co-author of Managing Sudden Traumatic Loss in the Schools, the author of the National Association for Social Work's policy statement on adolescent suicide, and the co-author of the Lifelines School-Based Youth Suicide Response Program. Currently she is the clinical director of the Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide. View Guest page

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Nicky VanValkenburgh

Nicky VanValkenburgh is the author of "Train Your Brain, Transform Your Life: Conquer Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in 60 Days, Without Ritalin." This book was voted “Best Self Improvement Book of 2011” by the Mom’s Choice Awards and “Best Motivational Book” by Reader’s Favorites Awards. She was also a Grand Finalist in the USA Today Book Awards, in the Health: Alternative Medicine category. Nicky is a motivational writer with 20 years experience writing for newspapers and magazines. She has a Master's in Journalism, and a Bachelor's in Psychology. She is also a contributing writer for Upstate Parent, Low Country Parent and Palmetto Parent magazines, which are published in South Carolina, with a circulation of a quarter million people. Nicky is also the Director of which spotlights her book and 60-day brain training program for ADHD. View Guest page

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Jaime W. Vinck

Jaime W. Vinck, MC, LPC, NCC, Chief Clinical Officer for Sierra Tucson

Jaime Vinck joined Sierra Tucson in August 2014 as Chief Clinical Officer. She oversees the overall program design and provisions in management for all Sierra Tucson programs including Family Therapy, Primary Therapy, the Therapeutic & Recreational Activities Program (TRAP), Continued Care, Integrative Therapies and Residential Therapies.

Prior to joining Sierra Tucson, Vinck served in a number of positions, including Corporate Clinical Director, with Journey Healing Centers from 2006-January 2014. She helped develop its Dual Diagnosis, Family Education, Intensive Outpatient, and Equine Psychotherapy Programs. She also began her own private practice in Scottsdale in 2007, where she continues to focus on couples and families struggling with addiction and mental illness.

Just prior to joining Sierra Tucson, Vinck served as Clinical Director of Northridge Counseling in Scottsdale. View Guest page

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Howie Vogel

Howie Vogel is the Executive Director of Double Trouble in Recovery Inc. Howie is in charge of the overall supervision and management of the Double Trouble in Recovery program throughout New York State. Through the years Howie has started over 400 groups Across New York State and has trained and assisted many other states (Oklahoma, Florida, Georgia, New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Iowa, North Carolina, Alaska, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey and the list can go on) in the development of DTR groups, throughout these states. Mr. Vogel has played a critical role both in the adaptation of the intervention, and in the forging of an effective link between the formal treatment (TSF therapy) and the DTR community. He is also supporting the research of “Effectiveness Self-Help for Dually Diagnosed persons”, with, National Development and Research Institutes, Inc. Howie’s heartfelt attitude toward DTR is truly a driving force to its success. View Guest page

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Jim Wallis

Jim Wallis is VP at Preferred Family Healthcare (PFH), a leading Behavioral Health Organization in Missouri and Kansas providing Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment services. His experience has been in overseeing and implementing innovative opportunities for PFH’s adolescent and adult clients to receive quality care and services no matter personal and geographic circumstances. Jim has been employed at PFH for 10 years. Prior to this, Jim worked 15 years with at-risk Adolescents and their families as a Juvenile Officer and was employed with the Missouri Division of Youth Services as a Service Coordinator and Facility Manager. View Guest page

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Pat Webster, Ph. D.

Pat Webster, Ph. D., worked with alpha males and females, and their mates in her private psychotherapy practice in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She was formerly an assistant clinical associate at Duke University. In her personal and professional life she continues to learn to manage her own alpha assets and liabilities. She is a fellow in the American Academy of Psychotherapists. She is second degree black belt in karate and a sailor. View Guest page

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Margaret Wehrenberg

Margaret Wehrenberg, Psy.D., is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and an expert on the treatment of anxiety and depression. She has extensive training and expertise in the neurobiology of psychological disorders. She is co-founder of the Reflex Delay Syndrome (RDS) Research and Training Institutes, founded to promote research and treatment for this disorder affecting academic, social and emotional functioning in children. She earned her M.A. specializing in psychodrama and play therapy with children. She was trained in addictions counseling and has years of experience in that field, working with the U.S. Army in Germany and Lutheran Social Services in Illinois before beginning a private psychotherapy practice. Since obtaining her doctorate from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology, she has specialized in treating clients with trauma and anxiety disorders. Dr. Wehrenberg is the author of The Anxious Brain, Anxiety + Depression, and The 10 Best Anxiety Busters. View Guest page

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Michael Weinberger

Michael Weinberger is a dynamic and inspiring speaker frequently asked to speak on topics including Coping with Mental Illness and Addiction. He was diagnosed with Bipolar disorder in 1994 and has learned how to not only cope, but to thrive while living with his illness. Michael teaches individuals how to adjust their mindset to be mindful and grateful for everything their life! Michael is the founder and creator of, a digital mindfulness manager and wellness platform. Everyone has problems and Michael's approach helps people apply gratitude, spirituality and mindfulness to their daily lives. View Guest page

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Robert Weiss LCSW, CSAT-S

Robert Weiss LCSW, CSAT-S is Founding Director of The Sexual Recovery Institute, Los Angeles and Director of Sexual Disorders Services at The Ranch Treatment Center in Nunnelly Tennessee. A UCLA MSW graduate, Mr. Weiss received extensive post-graduate sexual disorder’s training with addiction author and clinical leader, Dr. Patrick Carnes. Mr. Weiss is author of Cruise Control: Understanding Sex Addiction in Gay Men, co-author of Untangling the Web: Sex, Porn and Fantasy Addiction and Cybersex Exposed, with Dr. Jennifer Schneider, along with numerous peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters. Mr. Weiss also provides professional training and program development for the US military and multi-addiction treatment centers around the United States, Europe and Asia. Recent media appearances include ESPN, The Today Show, Oprah Winfrey, Larry King Live and Dateline NBC. In a field with few genuine experts Mr. Weiss is a specialized, knowledgeable and recognizable provider in the field of intimacy, addiction and sexual disorders. View Guest page

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Sis Wenger

Sis Wenger is President and CEO of the National Association for Children of Alcoholics (NACoA), a leading prevention education, advocacy, and membership organization focusing on children and families affected by addiction in the home. Sis created and managed a training institute that trained over 10,000 school, court and community professionals. She taught addiction studies at the college level for 9 years, spent 10 years as a lead substance abuse trainer, written numerous articles, co-authored books, and program materials, including SAMHSA’s Children’s Program Kit and Help Is Down the Hall: A Handbook on Student Assistance. She has also directed The Clergy Education and Training Project® that has created training manuals for clergy education. Her specialty is children and families impacted by parental addiction. She has been the recipient of multiple awards, including two presidential awards and the NIAAA Senator Harold Hughes Award for translating research into practice. View Guest page

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Robert Whitaker

Robert Whitaker is the author of four books. His first, Mad in America: Bad Science, Bad Medicine and the Enduring Mistreatment of the Mentally Ill was named by Discover magazine as one of the best science books of 2002, while the American Library Association named it one of the best history books of that year. His second, The Mapmaker’s Wife: A True Tale of Love, Murder and Survival in the Amazon, was named by the American Library Association as one of the best biographies of 2004. It was translated into eight foreign languages. In 2008, Crown published On the Laps of Gods: The Red Summer of 1919 and the Struggle for Justice that Remade a Nation, which the San Francisco Chronicle selected as one of the best 50 non-fiction books of that year. On the Laps of Gods was also awarded the Anthony J. Lukas work-in-progress prize. His newest book, Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America, was published by Crown in the spring of 2010. View Guest page

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Tim White

Tim White is a Jacksonville, Florida businessman, philanthropist and Christian singer who found faith at the bottom of the bottle. Tim and his ministry devote their efforts to leading people to experience the healing power of God in their lives. His new inspirational country CD, The Long Road Home, and his first book, At the End of the Road: One Man’s Journey from Chaos to Clarity, provide insight into his own storied history of substance use and recovery. Both can help those struggling to find their path from chaos to clarity. View Guest page

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William (“Bill”) White

William (“Bill”) White is a Senior Research Consultant at Chestnut Health Systems, past-chair of the board of Recovery Communities United and a volunteer consultant to Faces and Voices of Recovery. He has a Master’s degree in Addiction Studies from Goddard College and has worked full time in the addictions field since 1969 as a street worker, counselor, clinical director, trainer and researcher. His book, Slaying the Dragon - The History of Addiction Treatment and Recovery in America, received the McGovern Family Foundation Award for the best book on addiction recovery. His widely read papers on recovery advocacy were recently published in the book Let’s Go Make Some History: Chronicles of the New Addiction Recovery Advocacy Movement. His latest publication is a monograph entitled Recovery Management and Recovery-oriented Systems of Care: Scientific Rationale and Promising Practices. View Guest page

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Elin Widdifield

Elin Widdifield received her MA in counseling from Tufts University and completed an externship in family therapy at The Philadelphia Child Guidance Center. She has worked extensively with adolescents, families, young adults, and sexual assault survivors. Elin has documented oral histories, including life experiences of combat veterans. Elin resides in North Carolina where she is on the boards of NAMI (the National Alliance on Mental Illness), and the UNC Center For Excellence in Community Mental Health. She is the mother of two sons. View Guest page

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Mary Widdifield

Mary Widdifield received her MA in English writing from San Francisco State University where she received the Wilner Award for short fiction. Mary’s fiction and essays have appeared in Transfer Magazine, San Francisco Chronicle, and Able Muse. Mary is a grant writer for nonprofits. She lives in Northern California with her husband, and two children. View Guest page

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Dr. Christopher Willard (Psy. D.)

Dr. Willard works part time as a psychologist at Tufts University and part time in private practice as a therapist and consultant. Chris trains teachers, therapists and medical professionals in mindfulness practices through the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy, where he recently joined the board of directors. In addition, Chris consults with organizations and media about educational, psychological, and relational issues. Chris’s first book is titled “Child’s Mind: Mindfulness Practices to Help Children Be More Focused, Calm and Relaxed” and currently is working on his second book about maintaining mental health in the workplace through mindfulness and positive psychology. View Guest page

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Mark Joseph Williams

Mark Joseph Williams is an expert Life & Recovery Coach known for his ability to help people succeed both personally and professionally. Mark has more than 25 years of project leadership, retained search and human resources consulting experience.
Mark is on staff of The Mental Health & Wellness Center Consulting Group, LLC, Madison, NJ. He serves as a recovery/sober coach/interventionist and therapist with a focus on treating the entire family using a case management model with both his internal and external colleagues. Mark also serves as an independent consultant for IE Counseling based in Far Hills, NJ where he conducts psycho/social assessments and provides counseling for individuals and families pertaining to legal issues.
A graduate of King’s College, BA, Philosophy and Columbia University, MS, Social Work, Mark is a professionally trained psychotherapist (LCSW), accomplished author, public speaker, mitigation specialist and spiritual director. View Guest page

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Dr. Michael D. Winer

Dr. Michael D. Winer is a healer and a teacher of the healing arts. He is a chiropractic physician, having received his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and his doctorate degree from Western States Chiropractic College. He has been in clinical practice in Portland, Ore. Since 1986. In recent years, Michael has created clientele across the United States and internationally, including Austria, South Africa, The Netherlands, Germany and Bermuda. Michael is the author or Light Medicine: Evolving Our Body, Our Life and Our Planet and Healing: The Path to Freedom. For more information on Michael and his work, visit View Guest page

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Lisa Sue Woititz

Lisa Sue Woititz managed Dr. Woititz’s Institute for Counseling and Training for a number of years and has worked in the mental health, substance abuse, and criminal justice fields. Her book Unwelcome Inheritance: Break Your Family’s Cycle of Addictive Behaviors, interweaves her hard-won insights with her mother Janet Woititz’s unpublished writings to show how multiple generations of people affected by addiction continue to model the addictive behaviors learned from their own parents. View Guest page

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Mary Ryan Woods

Mary Ryan Woods, RNC, LADC, MSHS, is CEO of WestBridge. For the past 30 years Mary has worked in a variety of addiction treatment settings. Mary is past president of NAADAC, the National Association of addiction Professionals, the largest Addiction professional group in the U.S. In 2001, Mary started WestBridge, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the recovery of families and individuals who experience co-occurring mental illness and substance use disorders. View Guest page

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Gordon Woods Clinical Care Manager

Mary Yost, MLDAC, BC-DTR

Mary Is a NH Licensed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor. She specializes in the management of chronic pain and substance abuse related issues, integrating one’s spiritual beliefs into their counseling process. Mary incorporates movement and art modalities into her practice. She also offers hypnosis and meditation techniques as part of her treatment work as requested. Mary holds a Master of Arts degree in Counseling and Dance/Movement Therapy from Antioch University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Dance from the College of Saint Theresa, Winona, MN. She is an Advanced Level Dance Movement therapist and teaches graduate students. Mary currently works at Pastoral Counseling Service in Manchester NH. PCS is non-profit community counseling agency that has been providing spiritually-oriented psychotherapy services and community programs since 1979. View Guest page

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Mary Young

Mary Young: has been in the behavioral health field for the past nineteen years. She has worked in acute care psychiatric/addiction hospitals and residential treatment centers for adolescents. Mary spent the last four years in an adult addictions inpatient and outpatient treatment center in Louisville, Kentucky. She joined Life Healing Center Santa Fe in October 2010. At the onset of her career in behavioral health, she completed a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology and began work in this field as a clinician. During the ensuing nineteen years, Mary has worked at virtually every level in inpatient facilities, the last 10 at the at the administrative or Executive Director level. View Guest page

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Koren Zailckas

Koren Zailckas was 23 when she wrote the international bestseller Smashed: Story of a Drunken Girlhood, an unapologetically candid and extremely controversial account of her experiences as an underage drinker. The book sparked a national conversation about teenagers and alcohol, earning her literary praise, igniting talk show debates and helping to change national policy. Her new book titled “FURY” takes readers on another journey into Koren’s life and the struggles that many others may have. In addition to pursuing the origins of Zailckas’s deep-seated, displaced rage, FURY also offers an intimate portrait of a romance, as well as an unflinching examination of growing up in a family where talking about or dealing with anger was off limits. A story about becoming a woman, a wife, a mother and, most importantly, it is a story about becoming more human. View Guest page

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