Can medications like naltrexone revolutionize the treatment of alcohol dependence? Join today’s discussion as Duane speaks with acclaimed journalist and podcast producer Andy Mills, who brings a wealth of experience from shows like The Daily and Radiolab. Andy delves into his new independent podcast, Reflector, highlighting a compelling episode titled “The Sea Change.” He shares the gripping story of his friend Katie, who successfully managed her alcohol issues using the Sinclair Method during the COVID-19 pandemic, sparking a critical conversation on why such effective treatments aren’t more widely adopted.

Andy discusses the fundamental role of community and external support in overcoming addiction, underscoring the message that no one heals alone. Drawing from his experiences reporting on the opioid crisis and the unintended consequences of the COVID-19 lockdowns, Andy paints a vivid picture of the evolving landscape of addiction awareness. Through Katie’s unique journey – seeking treatment without hitting rock bottom and finding success with the Sinclair Method – Andy illustrates the transformative power of personal stories in understanding addiction and exploring new treatment methods.

In this episode, you will hear:

  • Uncovering the treatment for overdrinking
  • Exploring addiction and society’s influence
  • Hidden struggle with addiction stigma
  • Balancing medication and thriving in life
  • The depths of human connection

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