October 19, 2021

David Poses: Get to the Root of Addiction

David Poses (speaker, expert, activist, author of The Weight of Air) discusses the intersection of addiction and mental health. He opens up about becoming addicted to heroin in an attempt to treat his depression after learning about it in a school drug education program, and how he was able to function on and effectively hide his addiction to the drug. Mayim and David debate the benefits and disadvantages of 12-step programs and consider how society’s need for instant gratification may contribute to the ongoing opioid epidemic. They discuss the need to change our perceptions about those with substance abuse issues and restructure the way we view mental illness in general. Mayim explains the effects of marijuana on depression in another installment of Ask Mayim Anything.

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David Poses

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Guest References

The Weight of Air: A Story of the Lies about Addiction and the Truth about Recovery
In his groundbreaking memoir, The Weight of Air, David chronicles his struggle to overcome mental illness and addiction. He went from one relapse to the next, drowning in guilt, shame, and secrets, until he finally found an evidence-based treatment that not only saved his life, but helped him thrive.
Check Out David Poses' Website!
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(Article) Purdue Pharma’s Plea Deal Won’t Solve America’s Drug Problem
Billion-dollar fines will never mend the myriad social issues underlying Americans’ voracious appetite for pain relief...
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(Article) Diary of a Teenage Heroin Addict
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