November 9, 2021
Hosted by Dr. Patricia Halligan

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The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous says that "the alcoholic is like a tornado roaring his way through the lives of others. Hearts are broken. Sweet relationships are dead. Affections have been uprooted. Selfish and inconsiderate habits have kept the home in turmoil." We do a better job of treating people with addictions than the family members. The person with the addiction often receives residential or outpatient treatment, individual therapy, referral to community support. But what about the people who love the person with the addiction? What about the children? Claudia Black, world renowned author of "It Will Never Happen to Me" and "My Dad Loves Me, My Dad has a Disease" says, "No one deserves to operate from a place of fear and shame. We deserve far greater options." This podcast follows one woman's brave journey of living with her husband's alcoholism for years. Rosemary was married with 3 children when her husband began to exhibit signs of alcoholism. She describes encounters with the police, hiding in the basement with her young son, and years of verbal abuse. "My kids don't remember him sober." She recounts these lost years with a sense of unreality, familiar to trauma survivors and wonders why she tolerated unacceptable behavior for so long. She describes the chaos and anxiety, the denial, and the traumatic wounding that happens within the alcoholic home, as well as the devastation that follows each relapse. Rosemary is brave and vulnerable as she shares what motivated her to take her three children and leave the alcoholic home. This is a story of a mother's love for her children and a desire to protect them. She shares how breaking the silence, supportive friends and Alanon helped her develop a strong, independent sense of self. She recounts a new sense of freedom and hope for the future, for herself and her children.


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RECOVERY: THE HERO’S JOURNEY provides best practice information and support to people struggling with Substance Use Disorders/Process Addictions and Prescription Drug Dependence. We confront the stigma surrounding Opioid Use Disorder and Benzodiazepine Dependence, understanding that both are the direct result of an overprescribing epidemic. We discuss Buprenorphine, a first line, long term treatment for Opioid Use Disorder. We validate people struggling with Benzodiazepine Dependence (ie-Xanax/Klonopin), and offer resources and a recovery plan.

Experts explore Eating Disorders, Sex Addiction, PTSD, and the effects of today’s Cannabis on teens and young adults, offering guidance and resources to individuals struggling with these issues and their families. This podcast gracefully combines interviews with experts in the field and patient stories of recovery and redemption. The show is about connection, reclaiming personal integrity and hope.

Dr. Patricia Halligan

Dr. Patricia Halligan is an Addiction Psychiatrist, who specializes in the treatment of patients diagnosed with Substance Use Disorders, Prescription Drug Dependency and Process Addictions. She completed a residency in Psychiatry at Cornell-The New York Hospital, followed by a Fellowship in Addiction Psychiatry at the Medical University of South Carolina in 1998. Dr. Halligan is double board certified in General Psychiatry and Addiction Psychiatry and is a trained CSAT (Certified Sex Addiction Therapist). Believing in the healing power of connection, she trained at the Center for Group Studies in NYC and runs modern analytic group therapy for people in recovery.

Dr. Halligan has been prescribing Buprenorphine in her private practice since 2003 and continues to be a strong advocate for patients with Opioid Use Disorder throughout the Opioid Epidemic. She has spent the last two decades in the trenches of two tragic epidemics caused by the overprescribing of both Opioids and Benzodiazepines.

Aware that the lack of addiction training in medicine has largely contributed to both epidemics, she has resolved to devote some time to teaching. She creates CME accredited addiction education videos and training workshops for health care providers. Dr. Halligan decided to create this show to support people who are taking the hero’s journey into recovery and their families. You’ll hear interviews with experts surrounding best practices, and embrace the elimination of stigma.

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