Let's Talk About the Real “Demons” in the Disease of Addiction

January 29, 2013
Hosted by Rebecca Bullion, LCSW, BRI-1

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Episode Description

In this episode, we will go way out of the normal range of conversation to talk about what the spiritual roots of addiction are.

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Rebecca and her guest speakers talk about issues involving substance abuse, eating disorders, sexual addiction, codependency and other types of addiction and how loved ones of those suffering with these addictions can intervene. Our show will also talk about current issues with newer drugs and social problems that they cause. This would include bath salts, methamphetamine, synthetic marijuana and other such drugs. Your calls and email questions will be entertained at the end of most shows.

The goal of our program is to inform and also to provide concrete suggestions for helping those suffering with and around these addictions.

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Rebecca Bullion, LCSW, BRI-1

I have worked in the field of addiction and intervention for 23 years, 18 years in private practice. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, a Board Registered Interventionist and Certified Trauma Therapist. Primarily, I have been doing therapy during the bulk of my practice. My practice focus has included treatment of depression, anxiety, trauma, codependency, recovery and marital therapy as well as family therapy for adults and adolescents. I have worked significantly treating eating disorders and am currently working on certification for eating disorder intervention. I have also provided services for assessment for level of care in referring to treatment and case management pre- and post-treatment. I am an certified Level I and II EMDR trauma therapist since 2008. I have been trained in Crisis Intervention Stress Debriefing since 2010 and conduct stabilization management in the aftermath of employee deaths, bank robberies and other crises. I have been a Board Registered Interventionist since 2011. I am also certified by the Department of Transportation as a Substance Abuse Provider since 2006.

I am a current member of the National Association of Alcohol, Drug and Addiction Counselors, the Association of Intervention Specialists, the Network of Independent Interventionists, the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists as well as a conference speaker in the field of intervention, addiction and family systems.

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Episode Directory

January 2013

  • 1/29/2013: Let's Talk About the Real “Demons” in the Disease of Addiction Listen Now
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Dr. Ralph E. Carson

Dr. Ralph E. Carson, has been involved in the clinical treatment of addictions, obesity, and eating disorders for more than thirty years using a neuropsychobiological approach. He is currently a consultant for Pine Grove Treatment Center in Hattisburg, MS and author of the book The Brain Fix: What's the Matter with Your Grey Matter? 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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Carol Colleran

Carol Colleran pioneered the development of addiction treatment for older adults.  Beginning as a counselor at the Hazelden Foundation, Carol retired as an Executive Vice President at The Hanley Recovery Center. Carol worked with Pine Grove Behavioral Health, in Hattiesburg, Mississippi in developing its new addiction treatment program for older adults, the Pine Grove Legacy program, opened in May of this year, 2012.   Carol served as a member of the Center for Substance Abuse Task Force for Treatment in Aging and Substance Abuse, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Expert Panel for the Older American Substance Abuse and Mental Health Assistance Center. She was named to SAMHSA’s National Advisory Council, which advises, consults and makes recommendations regarding the agency’s programs and policies. The author of numerous articles, and co-author with with Debra Jay of the field's definitive guidebook, Aging and Addiction: Helping Older Adults Overcome Alcohol or Medication Dependence, Carol has also produced videos in cooperation with The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) and participated in the award winning PBS video series, "The Doctor Is In," produced by the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. Carol has appeared on The Today Show, Good Morning America, and NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw. Carol currently consults on program development at the Pine Grove Legacy Program, offering residential addiction treatment to adults over 60 years old at Pine Grove Behavioral Health and Addiction Services in Hattiesburg, Mississippi Her book on Aging and Addiction may be reviewed or purchased on Amazon View Guest page

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Burr Cook, RN, CASII, NCAC, BRI-2

Mr. Cook has been working with families since the 80's and has been doing interventions for 10 years. Prior to this work, he worked as a detox nurse, admissions director primary counselor in inpatient and outpatient alcohol and drug programs. He is trained in the ARISE, Johnson and systemic models of intervention. Most recently, he has developed a workshop-based resource for addicts and their families entitled, The Center for Family Recovery. View Guest page

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Robert Hinds, MBA

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Rev. Bob Larson

Rev. Bob Larson is the world’s foremost expert on cults, the occult, and supernatural phenomena. He has ministered in more than 100 countries and has appeared on TV shows such as Oprah, CNBC, Larry King, The O’Reilly Factor, Inside Edition, Entertainment Tonight, The Insider, CNN’s Anderson Cooper, ABC-TV’s Good Morning America, ABC-TV’S Nightline, A Current Affair, Politically Incorrect, MSNBC, CNN Headline News, Hannity, Geraldo at Large, and Dr. Phil. Numerous television networks have produced documentaries about Bob, including Discovery, Showtime, TLC, A&E, BBC, History, National Geographic, and MSNBC. Bob has been featured in The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Financial Times, Glamour, Marie Claire, and other major publications. International Network TV reports have included Brazil, Norway, France, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Japan, and others. Bob is also the author of 32 books, including Larson’s Book of Spiritual Warfare, Larson’s Book of World Religions, and four, non-fiction novels. His latest book is entitled Demon Proofing Prayers. A new publicationCurse Breaking: Overcoming the Bondage of Generational Sin is due in Spring 2013. View Guest page

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Cardwell C. Nuckols, Ph.D.

Cardwell C. Nuckols, Ph.D., An internationally recognized expert in such areas as behavioral medicine and addictions treatment, Cardwell C. Nuckols, MA, Ph.D. has been a clinical and developmental consultant for over thirty years. In 1979 he formed his first company, Cardwell C. Nuckols and Associates LLC, a national and international training and consulting organization. Over the years, he has served the healthcare field in multiple capacities as a clinician, supervisor, program director and hospital administrator. Dr Nuckols has led numerous corporate start-up and reengineering projects including involvement in the development of three publicly traded companies. One of these corporations is helping to bring to market new medications to help those suffering from the devastation of AIDS. For his entrepreneurial efforts, Dunn and Bradstreet nominated Dr. Nuckols to receive placement in the 2004 National Business Registry. Dr. Nuckols' educational background includes advanced work in medical research, pharmacology, education and psychology. His practical approach comes from working with people in various business and clinical settings. Dr Nuckols has consulted with The Central Labor Council (AFL-CIO), United Auto Workers, Stouffers, Boeing, DuPont, General Motors, Ford Motor Company, United Airlines, and other industries in the area of enhancing productivity. He served as a trainer and consultant to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), federal court systems, and branches of the armed forces specializing in the areas of antisociality, violence, and trauma. View Guest page

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Cathy S. Reto, PhD

Dr.Cathy Reto, Ph.D. Director of Pine Grove Women’s Center. Reto received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology and. Dr. Reto is also a registered nurse and obtained her A.A. in Nursing at Youngstown State University. She is a member of the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (IAEDP) Board of Directors. Reto has specialized training in EMDR and has been trained in somatic psychology at The Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute under Pat Ogden, PhD. Her areas of expertise include psychology of normal eating, eating and weight disorders, body image distortion, compulsive overeating, childhood trauma, and chemical dependence. Additionally, she has expertise in bariatric psychology and bariatric post-operative weight management. Reto joins Pine Grove from California where she has over 16 years of experience as a consultant and provider of psychology services View Guest page

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Robert Weiss

Robert Weiss LCSW, CSAT-S is Director of Sexual Disorders Services forElements Behavioral Health and Founding Director of The Sexual Recovery Institute – an outpatient sexual addiction treatment center. An acknowledged writer of sexual addiction literature, he is co-author of “Cybersex Exposed: Simple Fantasy to Obsession”, author of “Treating Sexual Addiction” in The Handbook of Addictive Disorders, Cruise Control: Understanding Sex Addiction in Gay Men (Alyson Books) and co-author: Untangling the Web: Sex, Porn and Fantasy Addiction in the Internet Age. Currently Mr. Weiss serves on the editorial board of The Journal of Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity. A UCLA MSW graduate and trained under the direction of Dr. Patrick Carnes, Mr. Weiss is a former board member and committee chair of The Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health and has lectured for The UCLA Neuro-Psychiatric Institute, The American Association of Sex Educators and Therapists, The National Association of Social Work and in Washington DC at The NIH (National Institutes of Health), The Betty Ford Center, Hazelden, and many others. Recent media appearances include The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Larry King Show, ESPN, The Discovery Channel, The Today Show, Dateline NBC, and Anderson Cooper 360. In a field with very few recognized experts, Mr. Weiss is an acknowledged professional in the assessment and treatment of persons with compulsive and addictive sexual disorders. View Guest page

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Emily Wierenga

Emily Wierenga is a columnist for the Christian Courier, a monthly contributing writer to Prodigal Magazine, A Deeper Story and She Loves Magazine, and a paid contributor toThe High Calling. a former associate editor, ghostwriter and staff writer, i have written forChristianity Today (Kyria), Christian Week, Faith Today, Adbusters, Geez, The Anglican Planet, Focus on the Family, Christian Courier, and In Touch, in addition to having served as copy editor for theChristian Courier. Emily Wierenga's first book, Save My Children: The Story of a Father's Love, was published by Castle Quay Books in September of 2008. Mrs. Wierenga is also a volunteer counselor through FINDINGbalance and am a Navigator with the National Eating Disorders Association. View Guest page

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