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Podcast: Finding Effective Resources for Addiction and Mental Health Recovery

An Empowered Patient Podcast between Karen Jagoda of Empowered Patient Podcasts and Walter Wolf, the author of The Right Rehab: A Guide to Addiction and Mental Illness Recovery When Crisis Hits Your Family

Walter Wolf is an interventionist and has written this book to highlight options for those with addictions and family members and friends who want to help find an effective treatment. Walter explains, "There are lots of books about addiction, about the clinical aspect of it, but there were no books whatsoever, there were no guides about how you get the right treatment for the right individual. So a few years go by, and ironically I'm now an interventionist and a treatment placement specialist. People come to me not only to intervene with loved ones because they need to go to treatment but also I match people up with the right treatment facility for them."

"Until just recently, the conventional wisdom was that if somebody had an addiction, well, that was because that was a choice on that individual's part, and that choice meant that person had very low morals, had very low character. But in fact, we know now that addiction is actually a disease, and it's not something that people choose to do. In fact, it has very similar relapse rates, for example, diabetes or asthma or hypertension."

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