“Harm Reduction is a public health policy, not a form of treatment.”
In Today’s Episode
Wow! Already up to episode number 12! In our discussion today, I start by addressing two listener questions about the nature of Positive Psychology and Behavioural Medicine. I then cover my personal brush with panic this week, followed by a review of the changes I have seen in the field of addictions treatment over the years.
- What does Positive Psychology and Behavioural Medicine have anything to do with each other?
- I have depression (Major Depression, Severe, Recurrent). How can a plant-based diet improve my mood?
My Brush with Panic
Reality is humbling – A lesson that only a panic attack can teach you! On Wednesday, during my morning commute to work, a drive that takes about an hour each way, I experienced a panic attack. It was horrible and disorienting.
My first brush with panic was about twenty-years ago, part of the consequence of using hallucinogenics. While that was both a bad idea at the time, and easy to connect (if you use drugs, bad things are going to happen), I never thought I would experience panic again in my lifetime. Silly way of thinking, eh?
I describe my humbling experience in detail, how I worked through it, and the lessons I was able to gain from the experience. While I have no intention of going through that again, I now have a renewed appreciation of what panic is like, and how skill is only one part of being able to feel normal again.
Substance Misuse Treatment (Then & Now)
Several listeners have expressed interest in my own views regarding substance misuse treatment. In today’s episode, I describe my personal journey as a professional, along with my evolving understanding of traditional approaches, to reducing harm from a public health perspective. This is followed by a review of how I have grown as a clinician and leader in the field, especially my view the patient’s experience.