Rehab Confidential

A weekly Health, Fitness and Alternative Health podcast
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Amy and Joe sit down with writer, activist and speaker David Poses and talk about his highly anticipated darkly funny addiction memoir “The Weight of Air: a memoir of a double life, fueled by addiction and mental illness”. Poses explains why he thinks depression is the gateway drug and discloses that he’s been on Suboxone for 13 years for his heroin addiction.  We talk about religious discrimination in AA, 12 step’s resistance to medication, drug policy, science and how Dr. Carl Hart has rocked the recovery community with his admission that he’s used heroin “recreationally” for 5 years.
Joe and Amy talk to Emmy winning director, Stanley Nelson about his new documentary: “Crack: Cocaine, Corruption and Conspiracy” on Netflix. The film examines the crack era of the 80’s and how crack fueled racial and economic inequality, the hyper-aggressive policing, the government and police corruption and the sentencing disparities between powdered cocaine and crack. We ask Nelson his thoughts on the “war on drugs”, defunding the police, the legalization of drugs, what white communities need to know and how we can start to heal the racial divide.
Joe and Amy sit down with Harry Cunnane, co-author of “Under our roof”.  Harry shares his perspective about his addiction and recovery as well as his mother’s, who is Madeleine Dean, congressional representative for the critical PA-4th. Joe and Amy talk Biden Administration embracing harm reduction and which religion is craziest. 
Joe and Amy sit down with Dr. Daniel Z. Lieberman, professor and vice chair for clinical affairs in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at George Washington University and author of the mind blowing book “The Molecule of More: How a Single Chemical in Your Brain Drives Love, Sex, and Creativity and Will Determine the Fate of the Human Race”.  He explains how dopamine is the culprit behind addiction to drugs, sex, gaming, social media and moreover how we can use control dopamine to combat desire dopamine and recover.  Lieberman also discusses the link between creativity and “madness”.  Joe celebrates 24 years sober.  
Joe and Amy sit down with recovery coach Jonathan Dickinson who has been working with ibogaine since 2009 and has his own clinic in Tijuana.  We have an honest and candid conversation with Jonathan about who would be a good candidate for this type of treatment, why it’s not a cure all for addiction, side effects and mortality rates.  Did you know there was a 12 step group for people who take psychedelics in recovery? Also Joe and Amy delight in the Biden administration shutting down for profit prisons.  
Joe and Amy wonder muse on how alcohol escapes a warning label especially now that the American Cancer has released a study on how it fuels cancer. Biden administration commits to science driving policy but will that include drug policy? The alcoholic of the day, Matt Rinklin of Release Recovery Foundation, stops by to chat about his higher power and how his foundation helps underserved get into treatment. Journalist and community activist, Erica Sandberg, gets out the brass tacks to explain her ardent opposition to harm reduction. 
Joe and Amy talk about the storming of the Capitol. Joe recalls going to the UK parliament wearing a t-shirt.  Former Baghdad bureau chief for the New York Times, Tim Arango, stops by to talk about recovery on an oversees assignment, where drug use intersects with racial violence and  covering the upcoming George Floyd case. 
Joe and Amy talk through potential pitfalls of overmedicalizing addiction with noted Philadelphia Inquirer reporter, Abraham Gutman. They also discuss the cultural implications of asking immigrants seeking citizenship if they are “habitual drunkards”. Joe and Amy talk about America running along with Iran for drug policy and how disrespectful it is to name call members of Congress.
Joe and Amy hear from California State Senator, Scott Wiener and his fight for overdose prevention sites in San Francisco and Los Angeles. Amy celebrates 8 years sober and Joe unleashes on Congressional Representative, Elise Stefanik.
Joe and Amy get the opportunity to talk with Dr. Claudia Black about being the child of an alcoholic as well as the release of the third edition of her seminal recovery book “It’ll Never Happen To Me”.  Joe and Amy also discuss the tone deaf Tropicana ad. Joe Adds Andrew Cuomo to the RC hit list for dragging his feet on safe injection facilities. 
Joe and Amy sit down the Mayor of Ithaca, NY Svante Myrick.  He shares about his own journey from housing insecurity and his father’s addiction to the Ivy League and then the mayors office. Joe and Amy discuss the limits of personal responsibility among addicts and if insurance covers “Thetan" removal in Narconon. 
Mental health/addiction peer support specialist and RC returnee, Sean-Paul Mahoney lays out how Oregon became the first state to decriminalize drug use. Later he shares what it’s like to date via Zoom in a pandemic world. Joe explains to Amy that Mitch McConnel looks like an indifferent turtle and recovery wins with Joe’s kid being admitted to Georgetown Medical School.
  Joe and Amy chat with “Clay F” of the hilarious and popular Instagram account and Author of "The Sarcastic Big Book". “Clay” tells his story, his take on 12 step and how we all need to laugh more.  Joe and Amy discuss cannabis decriminalization passing the House and Joe educates Amy on the real name of Pope Francis, his scientific background and mission to transform the Catholic Church
Accomplished investigative journalist and NYT Best Selling author, Mark Ebner join Joe and Amy to chat about using cannabis as an exit drug after relapsing on opiates after a motorcycle accident and  25 years clean. He tells them about confronting Scientology-financed private investigators in front of his house and trolling Donald Trump for decades at Spy magazine. Amy has a huge bone to pick with Rickey Schroeder and Joe finally doesn’t mention a plantation system.
Joe and Amy sit down with lawyer and prison reform advocate Chris Poulos who tells them how he went from drug charges in federal prison to being a White House intern.  Joe talks about a client who was “too drunk for rehab” which makes Amy wonders why "ghetto Promises" didn’t think she was too high to take her money. Governor Of Arkansas, Asa Hutchinson, makes the hit list along with Daryl the Dare lion.
Joe and Amy hear comedian and Jimmy Kimmel writer Jesse Joyce tell his inspirational recovery story of going from dating a stripper with a spray tan, a coke nose bleed, and a five year old to being married with kids and attending the Oscars. Jesse recounts the fun times he worked with Donald Trump. Joe and Amy applaud Hunter Biden’s chutzpah in dealing with Good Morning America’s Amy Robach. 
Joe and Amy get the low down from Dr. Ray Glendrange, Veteran, ophthalmologist, addiction doc and man in long term recovery.  He tells them that stigma of addiction and mental illness is alive and well,  how veterans fall through the cracks of the medical system and what he’s doing to help.  Joe is convinced everything is a plantation system.  Amy takes credit for Biden winning the election as it was her birthday wish the night before.
Joe and Amy sit down with Duff McDonald, business journalist and author of “The Golden Passport”, a Harvard business school expose as well as 4 other books. He talks about finding recovery by becoming a Woodstock hippie. Joe regales Amy with tales of his germinating alcoholism and Catholic school shenanigans trying to make the nuns laugh.
Joe and Amy get with real with John Hill, host of the weekly “The Feels: Live” and cohost of Andy Cohen’s popular SiriusXM hit show "Andy Cohen: Live”. They talk about culture, relapse and John teaches Joe about a “bussy”.
Joe and Amy sit down with Timothy Kavanagh, founder of the infamous Dank Recovery Meme account. They discuss why addicts and alcoholics have such a dark sense of humor and explore the instant connection that memes can provide. What, if anything, is taboo in recovery comedy? Timothy tells the story of having to make an amends to Demi Lovato. Amy questions the integrity of making fun of Hunter Biden’s past coke problem.
Joe and Amy talk safety first with famed harm reduction advocate and author of “The Big Fix: Life After Heroin”, Tracey Helton. Joe and Amy also discuss the RNC shell game and complex poetry structure that makes Amy think dirty thoughts.
Joe and Amy interview Jarmichael Harris, the founder and CEO of Engage Recovery who currently serves as East Carolina University’s Collegiate Recovery Community Coordinator and an Alcohol and Other Drug Staff Counselor for the Center for Counseling and Student Development. Harris sheds light on collegiate recovery and how he became a recovery ally. Joe and Amy question the limitations in picking a higher power in AA.
Amy and Joe powwow with Chris Swonger, the President and CEO of the Distilled Spirits Council who states his case for low taxes on booze and discusses his involvement with Amy’s memoir is now required reading at Fordham University Graduate School of Social Work. Joe suggests that a certain Florida treatment center renames itself “Insurance Fraud of the Swamp”.
Joe and Amy sit down with stand up comedy legend Colin Quinn. Colin talks about his newly released book “Overstated”. Colin and Joe reflect on how it’s been 10 years since the overdose death of Greg Giraldo. Amy and Joe chat about Nebraska Governor Pete Rickets again. Joe regales Amy with a funny story about being hit with reality at a visit to the White House.
Joe and Amy have an interesting chat with the man behind the famous UK based Twitter account "Secret Drug Addict" which VICE "deemed the most helpful anonymous Twitter account”. They talk to him about his early days working with Oasis and NIN to answering thousands of DM’s from people in crisis over the years. Joe tells a story about how he violated Federal law with Senate interns and he and Amy go after the Governor of Nebraska Pete Ricketts.
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Podcast Details

Created by
Joe Schrank and Amy Dresner
Podcast Status
Jun 14th, 2020
Latest Episode
Mar 2nd, 2021
Release Period
Avg. Episode Length
About 1 hour

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