It Is a Legitimate Medical Disease! Addiction Is Real.

April 13, 2018
Hosted by Heather Valsan

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Why are people addicts? Is it a moral weakness due to lack of will power and motivation, or is addiction a result of chemical changes in the brain that cause users to want, crave, and even "need" their drugs of choice at a biological level? Dr. Paul Chung will be dispelling myths surrounding addiction causes so that you understand how people become addicts, and why people sometimes give up everything in order to keep abusing drugs or alcohol. Addiction is all-consuming. Drug abuse consumes your desires, priorities, and every waking moment of your life. In this informative podcast you'll learn if some drugs are more harmful than others, and forms of treatment that have a proven track record of success. This discussion will give you insight into how the addicted brain feels, thinks and works. Tune in and lets grow in knowledge together.

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Recovery Radio will disclose facts and dispel myths related to what addiction is and isn’t. You will hear from experts that explain factors which predispose someone to develop an addiction later in life, and understand the role that genetics and environment play.

You’ll learn about the history of illicit substances, factors that led to the widespread illegal distribution of drugs, and the devastating effects that addiction has on the individual, family, and entire community.

Do you know someone addicted to drugs or alcohol? Perhaps you’ve been struggling personally and are looking for resources and expert guidance. Recovery Radio will give you answers. We are dedicated to providing you with necessary tools that inspire a friend, neighbor, colleague or loved one to take the first step on the road to recovery. New podcast content is available every other Friday on the VoiceAmerica Variety Channel, our website and syndicated to podcast partners worldwide.

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Heather Valsan

Heather Valsan

As a frazzled mother of a toddler and preschooler, my life is busy and always eventful in my hometown of Louisville, Kentucky. After a busy day as a writer, syndicator of blogs and content creator for the company I work for I begin my “second job” that involves watching the Disney movie, Frozen, for the millionth time and combing through peanut butter embedded hair.

Prior to my first love of being a writer, I was trained in mental health and substance abuse as a Registered Nurse for over ten years. I assessed and treated patients in several hospital settings and witnessed the “sickest of the sick,” which is not a technical term but should be. Most people treated were in very difficult situations having ceased medicating as prescribed, were in hallucinogenic or paranoid states, and often experienced an element of aggression, mania or illogical thinking.

People that have mental health disorders frequently have chemical dependency issues as well. In healthcare, we call this “dual diagnosis” and the ultimate goal of providers (at least the good ones) is to treat the root cause of addiction in order to address longstanding neurological, emotional or behavioral problems. The first step to wellness is often the most difficult. If you are a member of the recovery community of addicts, tirelessly persevere alongside an affected loved one, or have a passion to empower those struggling, you’ve tuned into the right place. Welcome to the journey.

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April 2018

  • 4/13/2018: It Is a Legitimate Medical Disease! Addiction Is Real. Listen Now
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