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FOT # 12 - Exploring the complexity of addiction, various forms of recovery goals, and risk factors for addiction

Flight of Thoughts

Release Date: 02/04/2019

On this episode @papaviitz joins me to explore the complexity of addictions and the biological, psychological, sociological, spiritual factors that can protect us or put us at risk.
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Vito is studying addictions and mental health with me at Centennial College and grew up in the Riverdale community in Toronto, giving him a lot of experience seeing the effects of different socioeconomic levels on addictions and mental health around the city. We also discuss the various recovery goals that individuals may have (harm reduction VS abstinence VS reducing frequency). The “stages of change” are broken down with which strategies work best for supporting someone in each stage of their goals. We also explore the neuroscience of addiction and what risk factors we can and can’t control.
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Many topics are covered from how trauma and mental health disorders relate to addiction, various forms of addiction, why certain substances are more addictive than others; even breaking down why substance misuse is often a form of relief from various symptoms of suffering or trauma.
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At the end I also add a small bit about the “Bell Let’s Talk” camping summarizing the pros and cons while adding in a few ways they can be less ignorant and more effective at opening the dialogue around the realities and darkness of various mental health struggles. We will be doing another episode diving deeper into these topics soon as one hour is not enough to cover the complexity of addiction!

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This podcast is uncensored and covers many topics considered “taboo” or difficult for some individuals. We do not condone any illegal activities, as this is a platform for harm reduction and open-dialogue.  Although the ideas are mostly evidence-based and honest, the lines of reality and comedy may be blurred at times...this is your trigger warning!