A Conversation With Carl Erik Fisher About His Book the Urge: Our History of Addiction

A Conversation With Carl Erik Fisher About His Book the Urge: Our History of Addiction

I spoke with Carl Erik Fisher over Zoom about his book The Urge: Our History of Addiction. Fisher is an addiction physician and bioethicist. He is an assistant professor of clinical psychiatry at Columbia University’s Division of Law, Ethics, and Psychiatry, and maintains a private psychiatry practice focused on addiction. Fisher’s writing has appeared in…

Book Lifelines Tackles Addiction in Baltimore and Beyond

Book Lifelines Tackles Addiction in Baltimore and Beyond

The book Lifelines by Leana Wen, MD—a public health expert, emergency physician, and the former Baltimore City health commissioner—dedicates two whole chapters to addiction. In Wen’s experience as health commissioner in Baltimore, where TruHealing has centers and the Amatus Health headquarters is located, “addiction is tied into every other issue in the city.” Wen discusses…

A Conversation About Shame and Self-Compassion With Neuroscientist Marc Lewis

A Conversation About Shame and Self-Compassion With Neuroscientist Marc Lewis

I had the pleasure of speaking with Marc Lewis over Zoom about addiction, neuroscience, shame, and self-compassion. Lewis is a neuroscientist and professor emeritus in developmental psychology. He is the author or co-author of over 70 journal publications in psychology and neuroscience, and the author of two books. Lewis currently writes for the popular press,…

A Conversation About Boundaries and Recovery With Author Pixie Lighthorse

A Conversation About Boundaries and Recovery With Author Pixie Lighthorse

I spoke with author Pixie Lighthorse about her book Boundaries and Protection. Specifically, we discussed boundaries as they relate to addiction, recovery, and codependence. Boundaries and Protection is an incredible resource for anyone who is trying to figure out, as Lighthorse put it, “’Where do I end and the loved one in my life begin,…

Red Table Talk

Jada Pinkett Smith’s Show Red Table Talk Helps Break Stigma About Addiction and Mental Health

Jada Pinkett Smith’s show Red Table Talk—which she hosts along with her mom Adrienne Banfield-Norris and daughter Willow Smith—continually works to destigmatize mental health and addiction. Pinkett Smith and Banfield-Norris are both in recovery themselves and have been candid about their struggles. Red Table Talk looks at complicated topics in a nuanced way that we…