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Understanding Addiction

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Latest Episode

In this episode, I discuss addiction in the LGBTQIA+ community with Dr. Brian Hurley, Medical Director of the Division of Substance Abuse Prevention and Control for the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and President-Elect of the American Society of Addiction Medicine Board of Directors. Dr. Hurley reviews the data we have on the prevalence of use disorders in sexual and gender minorities, what risk factors might predispose individuals to the development of addiction, and why engaging with patients in a respectful and inclusive manner is important to successful treatment.


   The Show

One in fourteen Americans struggles with substance misuse, and over 100,000 people have died in in the past year from drug overdose. Addiction cuts across income, education, age, race, and class lines. Though science has described addiction as a complex brain disease influenced by genetic and environmental factors, it is still widely viewed as a moral failing among society at large, the media, our justice system, and even healthcare providers. Unfortunately, the stigma associated with addiction not only discourages people from getting help, but also further entrenches their substance use. In an effort to educate myself and others, I interview experts from the field of addiction medicine as well as people in recovery to hear about their unique experiences with use disorders.

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Mountain View, California