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Trapped: Understanding Addiction

Ahana Wokhlu

Trapped: Understanding Addiction explores the medical aspects and social implications of addiction. In this podcast, I’ll talk to experts about the science behind addictive behavior, how various substances affect the brain and body, how addiction impacts specific populations uniquely, and how our views on addiction and treatment have evolved. I will also speak with people who have had first-hand experience with a substance use disorder and get their insight on what it’s like to live with this condition.
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Medical professionals bear an enormous responsibility taking care of patients and are often held to a higher standard than other members of society. However, they are human and are therefore also susceptible to the development of addiction, especially given the stresses they are placed under. In this episode, I speak with Dr. Michael Sprintz about substance use disorders in healthcare professionals. Dr. Sprintz is triple board-certified in anesthesiology, pain medicine, and addiction medicine and has struggled with addiction himself, giving him a unique understanding of this topic. He talks about why he first started using substances and how accepting who he was and being authentic was key to his long-term recovery.

Dr. Michael Sprintz is a physician, entrepreneur, author, consultant, public speaker and a national expert on the intersection of chronic pain and addiction. He received training at top tier institutions including Johns Hopkins Hospital and MD Anderson Cancer Center. Dr. Sprintz founded the Sprintz Center for Pain and Recovery, located in Texas, in 2013 and at the same time started a software company, Cellarian, which automates medical documentation to give providers more quality time for their patients. Dr. Sprintz has consulted for organizations in the pharmacology, biotechnology, and medical device spaces. He is currently on an FDA advisory committee and is also active in local and national medical societies, working to create and support policies that help patients and providers become their own best advocates and re-engage and protect their healthcare relationships.

Learn more about Dr. Sprintz at https://drsprintz.com/

Learn about the Sprintz Center for Pain at https://www.sprintzcenter.com

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An estimated 50 million adults suffer from chronic pain in the U.S., which can interfere with their ability to work, take part in normal activities, or enjoy life. The treatment of chronic pain is complex, even more so if a person struggles with a coexisting substance use disorder. In this episode, I speak with Dr. Gregory Rudolf about the various treatment options for chronic pain, the problem of opioid-induced hyperalgesia in patients on long-term opioids, and how a holistic approach with active patient participation yields the best results.

Dr. Rudolf works in a multidisciplinary pain management specialty clinic at Swedish Health Services in Seattle. He is board certified in pain medicine, addiction medicine, and medical acupuncture. He is also certified and residency-trained in family medicine and brings a longitudinal, whole-person perspective to his work with patients who suffer from chronic pain and substance use disorders. He is the current chair of the American Society of Addiction Medicine Pain and Addiction Committee and the President of the Washington Society of Addiction Medicine. He is also on the clinical faculty of the University of Washington School of Medicine.

Learn more about Dr. Rudolf at https://schedule.swedish.org/doctors/pain-medicine/wa/seattle/gregory-rudolf-1871524728

If you enjoy what you hear, please feel free to contribute at www.trappedunderstandingaddiction.com to support harm reduction efforts.
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In this episode, Dr. Ryan Jackman gives us an overview of addiction in Rural America. He compares the rates of substance use and overdose deaths between urban and rural areas and reviews what factors might contribute to the development of use disorders in rural communities. Dr. Jackman also discusses the unique challenges rural areas face in obtaining treatment and how we can draw upon the strength and resiliency of their people to overcome some of these barriers.
Dr. Ryan Jackman is a board-certified family medicine and addiction medicine physician who practices in Grand Junction, Colorado. He is the medical director of St. Mary’s Integrated Addiction Medicine clinic and the project director for a HRSA funded Rural Communities Opioid Response Program serving Western Colorado. He has special interests in graduate medical education and increasing access to medical care in rural locations has received training awards from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) in 2016 and the Colorado Health Foundation and Denver Foundation in 2017 to implement tele-addiction medicine in Western Colorado.
Take a look at some of resources Dr. Jackman referenced:
https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db403-H.pdf
https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/68/wr/mm6817a3.htm
https://opioidmisusetool.norc.org/
https://uknowledge.uky.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1015&context=ruhrc_reports
https://uknowledge.uky.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1014&context=ruhrc_reports
https://www.countyhealthrankings.org/app/colorado/2021/measure/factors/134/data
Learn more about Dr. Jackman at https://doctors.sclhealth.org/provider/Ryan+K.+Jackman/1617603

If you enjoy what you hear, please feel free to contribute at www.trappedunderstandingaddiction.com to support harm reduction efforts.
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