A Podcast Series Presented by the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation Subscribe today—and share with your friends Hear what leading addiction and recovery experts are talking about—addiction trends, topics and challenges as well as research, practices and advances that point the most promising way forward. Author and recovery advocate William C. Moyers serves as host of this thought-provoking interview series, brought to you by the renowned Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation. Listen in on Moyers' conversations with his colleagues who work at the forefront of addiction treatment, recovery and prevention, including noted clinicians, researchers, academics and other thought leaders. With equal parts information and inspiration, Let's Talk Addiction & Recovery opens the door to help, healing and hope. Teens, Technology and Overuse, Part 1 The faster, smarter, more mobile technologies used by teens are changing so rapidly that the impact on adolescent development isn't fully understood. But there are plenty of early warning signs—from an increased risk of sleep disorders and anxiety to a greater susceptibility to drug addiction. Prevention expert Jessica Wong joins host William C. Moyers to look at emerging research around risks associated with too much tech use and to discuss practical ways parents can foster healthier behaviors. Teens, Technology and Overuse, Part 2 Researchers are beginning to identify how the use of smartphones, computers and other technology changes the way the adolescent brain develops—especially areas of the brain responsible for decision-making, risk assessment, impulse control and processing emotions. Prevention expert Jessica Wong joins host William C. Moyers to discuss the potential consequences of overuse and overreliance, including feelings of isolation, anxiety or depression. Consumer Beware: Not All Addiction Treatment Is the Same From insurance fraud to deceptive marketing to patient brokering, the largely unregulated field of addiction treatment is rife with unscrupulous and unethical—even illegal—business practices. Mark Mishek, JD, president and CEO of the nonprofit Hazelden Betty Ford treatment centers, and Marvin D. Seppala, MD, chief medical officer, join host William C. Moyers to discuss the need for industry reforms, professional standards and consumer protections. Until such reforms are in place, consumers should proceed with caution and ask pointed questions when seeking care. Combining What Works: Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Addiction In the midst of the nation's opioid addiction epidemic, advancements in treatment that combine evidence-based psychotherapies along with use of certain medications offer patients and families cause for real hope. As a clinical innovator in the field of addiction treatment, psychiatrist Marvin D. Seppala, MD, joins host William C. Moyers to explain why medication alone isn't an effective solution in treating such a complex, chronic condition. Opioid Addiction and Treatment Why are opioids so addictive? What makes opioid drugs so lethal? Is rehab effective for opioid addiction? From the frontlines of the nation’s opioid epidemic, psychiatrist Marvin D. Seppala, MD, joins host William C. Moyers to discuss the role of science and compassion in responding to the opioid addiction crisis. As chief medical officer for the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, Dr. Seppala led the organization’s development of innovative protocols targeting opioid use disorders. Hospitals and treatment providers around the country are adopting the treatment protocols which address issues related to opioid detox, drug craving, treatment engagement and ongoing recovery support. Addiction Treatment Outcomes Comparing addiction treatment success rates across different care providers and approaches might seem like an apples-to-apples assessment, but it's not. For the most part, the addiction treatment field lacks consistently reported—and, in some cases, scientifically valid—ways of measuring the impact of treatment services. Psychiatrist Marvin D. Seppala, MD, and addiction researcher Audrey Klein, PhD, join host William C. Moyers armed with key questions consumers should ask treatment providers about their results: How do they define success? (Length of sobriety? Quality of life indicators?) What percentage of their patients get better? How do they conduct patient follow-up? (By phone? How frequently? For how long post-treatment?) Women, Alcohol and Addiction Millions of women in the U.S. engage in drinking behavior that poses a substantial risk to their health and well-being, particularly young women in their late teens and early twenties. Addiction researcher Audrey Klein, PhD., joins host William C. Moyers to take a closer look at what's behind the increased rates of binge and heavy drinking among women, why addiction progresses more rapidly for women than men, and what kinds of medical, mental health and other complications are associated with hazardous drinking for women. Klein also addresses the shame factor: Women typically wait longer than men to seek help for addiction, resulting in a more severe progression of the disease.