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Author: Zac Clark

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Twelve years ago, I was smoking crack, shooting dope, unhappily married, broke, and hopeless. My story isn't unique, but I'm one of the fortunate ones. I never wanted to do a podcast, but I see the world burning — substance use, depression, anxiety, suicide — and the conversations that need to happen aren't. This podcast is a platform to have these hard conversations. With experts, frontline heroes, voices we know and the many we need to know, my intent is to confront these issues head-on and, most importantly, offer solutions and hope.
5 Episodes
In this week’s episode, I sat down with my sister as she shared her story for the first time. Postpartum depression. Eating disorder. Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). We discussed a lot of heavy issues. I believe conversations like this will help change the world. Please give it a listen and share if you feel so inclined. Connect with Zac If you or anyone you know is struggling, please do not hesitate to contact Release: (914) 588-6564 @releaserecovery
Roughly 68 million people bet on Super Bowl LVIII this year, amounting to more than $23 billion. In 2023, the American gambling industry generated more than $65 billion in revenue. These numbers surpass the economies of many small countries. In the United States, gambling – particularly sports betting – is here to stay and it is EVERYWHERE. In this week’s episode, I brought in an expert with his own gambling war chest to discuss this social-cultural explosion. Brian Dolan is an Addiction Specialist and an advocate for recovery. He’s an impassioned individual with personal triumphs over gambling and substance use disorders. With a Master’s in Clinical Mental Health and 6 years of experience managing Collegiate Recovery Programs, Brian is tapped into gambling’s mainstream rise, particularly among our youth, in a way most aren’t. We discuss the pitfalls of gambling, how to identify a gambling problem, the risk on our youth, the complicity of policy makers and Big Business players ready to cash in, and the reality that gambling, once relegated to the underbelly of American society, is a cash cow of social problems one click away. I hope you enjoy this discussion about a critical issue whose darker side demands more attention in our national dialogue. Thank You and Keep Going. Zac Clark Resource: Think you may have a problem with gambling, please click the link below: Source: SAMHSA Connect with Zac If you or anyone you know is struggling, please do not hesitate to contact Release Recovery: (914) 588-6564 @releaserecovery
In this episode, we explore groundbreaking approaches to substance use disorder, mental health and trauma with Dr. Carrie Wilkens, founder of Center for Motivation and Change (CMC), award-winning author, and a psychologist with over 25 years of experience in the practice and dissemination of evidence-based treatments for substance use and post-traumatic stress. Dr. Wilkens champions a compassionate, evidence-based methodology that challenges traditional treatment paradigms. She emphasizes individual needs, advocating for non-confrontational approaches at the intersection of science and kindness. Dr. Wilkens delves into the profound influence of trauma on personal narratives and shares strategies to confront and conquer its effects. We also address the urgent need for societal dialogue reform surrounding these critical issues, impacting millions of individuals and families.  This was a fascinating and refreshing conversation with an expert clinician willing to challenge outdated ideas about treatment and recovery modalities.  Please join in as we delve into innovative solutions at the intersection of science and kindness. RESOURCES CMC: Foundation for Change (CMC:FFC), envisions a world where everyone who cares about someone struggling with substances has access to information and tools based on science, grounded in compassion, and tailored to the needs of their community. Check out our powerful community of family support groups - Invitation to Change Support groups and access our inspirational and educational videos from any computer for free. The Beyond Addiction Workbook for Family and Friends: Evidence-Based Skills to Help a Loved One Make Positive Change (New Harbinger Publications, 2022). All the book proceeds go toward scholarships for family members and professionals to attend ITC workshops. Beyond Addiction: How Science and Kindness Help People Change LINKS SPOTIFY APPLE Instagram
Dr. Michael McCormick was the chief of surgery of an Alabama hospital. He was also in the grips of an addiction to painkillers that nearly cost him his medical career, his family and his life. Doc McCormick is living proof that substance use disorder spares no one — even a prominent doctor well aware of the devastation of addiction. In this conversation, Doc bravely shares his truth as he continues his life’s commitment to helping people struggling with substance use disorder. We delve into Doc’s journey from addiction to long-term recovery, his newfound purpose in the medical field, why opioids and opiates are so devastatingly addictive, and the controversial, yet rapidly evolving impact of Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) in combatting substance use disorder. Hope you find this conversation as inspiring and insightful as I did.
We need the right voices to be heard now more than ever - Substance Use Disorder, Mental Health, Trauma, Suicide, Recovery. These are the hard issues of our time. Welcome to the Zac Clark Show.
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