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DeDee Pfeiffer: Advocating For Recovery From Addiction

Our guest is Dedee Pfeiffer, television and film star who currently stars as Denise on ABC’s Big Sky, which is now in Season 3.

Dedee has been a series cast member since the show premiered and plays “Denise Brisbane” the office manager at Dewell & Hoyt Private Investigations, the focus of the show.

This role marks a return for Pfeiffer to TV after nearly a ten year absence. During that time, Pfeiffer stepped away from acting to return to school earning a Bachelor of Psychology, followed by a Masters of Social Work from UCLA with a concentration in mental health, addiction and homelessness.

She also worked to achieve her own sobriety and is now an activist for the recovery community. She’d be happy to discuss her work which influences her role on the show (last season a multiple episode story arc about a town member’s addiction and suicide played heavily into Denise’s storyline.)

I hope you enjoy our conversation about everything from rehab to various paths of recovery to discussing alien life forms and UFOs. In fact, Dedee talks about a famous costar with whom she enjoys trips to the desert to look for unexplained objects in the night sky.

If you are interested in the topic of addiction and recovery, you will appreciate the intelligent and insightful observations of Dedee Pfeiffer.

Jay Yow And Harry Derbitsky: A Spiritual Roundtable With Two Friends

Jay Yow and Harry Derbitsky are two friends I could have a conversation with all day long. Harry is a spiritual leader in the Three Principles movement. Jay is a sound engineer and producer who produces the James Altucher Show, and he is involved with, an online tool to help creative people to strengthen their idea muscles.

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Laura Delano: Overcoming Iatrogenic Injury With The Inner Compass Initiative

Laura Delano is the Executive Director of Inner Compass Initiative (ICI), a non-profit organization dedicated to helping people make more informed choices about taking and coming off psychiatric drugs. Laura also consults with individuals and families looking for support during the medication withdrawal process. She has spoken and led workshops in Europe and across North and South America, and is at work on a memoir about her experiences called UNSHRUNK. Find out more at

William Stilley: Working On New Alcohol Addiction Treatments At Adial Pharmaceuticals

Speaking with the CEO and founder of a pharmaceutical company was an incredible experience. William Stilley knows the science inside and out. And, he is able to explain it clearly, in understandable terms.

What makes Adial different from many of the well-known drug companies is that they are working on new molecules to target specific receptors very precisely, rather than simply repackaging old products, or selling drugs that recklessly go after many receptors, leading to more side effects and adverse reactions. Additionally, their treatment for alcohol use disorder is a drug that works best for people with a specific genetic profile.

It will be the first genetically targeted therapy available to the public. For patients who have a positive match on the prerequisite genetic screen, this treatment may be expected to work effectively, with minimal concern for side effects.

We also discussed another drug that is in early development that is being studied for use in treating pain. The mechanism involves increasing adenosine, which may be useful for many other conditions as well. Mr. Stilley described it as being like caffeine times 200, but without the adverse effects of caffeine.

I look forward to seeing the results of this upcoming research and the possibilities for new treatments in the Adial pipeline. Thank you to William Stilley for joining me on the podcast.

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Kendra Campbell, M.D.: Free Range Psychiatry

Dr. Kendra Campbell is the founder of Free Range Psychiatry, an organization that believes in the potential for human beings to thrive without the need for psychiatric medications. Imagine going to the psychiatrist and not getting a prescription for an antidepressant, antipsychotic, or antianxiety medication. It’s almost unheard of.

Free Range is different. The doctors at Free Range Psychiatry work with patients to taper off of psych meds, to manage psych med withdrawal symptoms, and manage personal issues without medicating them. Please listen to our conversation about the dangers of psych drugs and how patients can work with their doctors to minimize use of these medications.

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Pamela Wible, M.D.: Suicide Prevention For Professionals

When a doctor, medical resident, or medical student is suffering, in emotional pain, who can they call for support? Dr. Wible started taking their phone calls many years ago. When she wrote about it on her blog, more calls started to come in. It turned out that no one else was interested in doing the job.

Over the years, 24/7, around the clock, Dr. Wible has made herself available, at no cost, to take phone calls from doctors who were contemplating suicide. Many people on the verge of ending their own lives were able to make a connection and reconsider their options.

Dr. Pamela Wible has also been featured in TED talks, She has been on major television programs, including Dr. Oz. She assisted in the production of the documentary, “Do No Harm”, a film about physician suicide, and she is a best-selling author.

Dr. Wible also hosts multiple retreats every year for healthcare professionals. She provides seminars, private coaching, and group support. Doctors who are interested in escaping the rat race of corporate medicine can learn about their options and discover alternatives that are possible for them to achieve in a relatively short time.

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Dr. Jeep and Vanessa Naum: Marriage Coaching For Professionals

Dr. Jeep Naum and his wife, Vanessa Naum have been coaching couples for many years to help them with their marriages. They mostly work with physician couples, where at least one spouse is a working doctor. They also work with other professionals where work can get in the way of marital joy and fulfillment. For people who prioritize their marriages, Dr. Jeep and Vanessa are available to help make life better. They focus on the essentials, including sex. If you, or your spouse work as a physician, or any other professional work that keeps you overly busy and distracted from your home life and marriage, consider reaching out to Dr. Jeep and Vanessa for help.

Christy Huff, M.D.: The Benzodiazepine Information Coalition

Christy Huff, M.D. currently serves as the director of the Benzodiazepine Information Coalition. She is also a cardiologist, graduating at the top of her class, and attending top post-graduate training programs in noninvasive cardiology.

Dr. Huff was prescribed benzodiazepines many years ago, and became physically dependent on this potentially dangerous class of psychiatric drugs. After a difficult tapering process to help her get off of benzodiazepines, she has now been benzo-free for several years.

As director of the Benzodiazepine Information Coalition, she wants to deliver some important messages to doctors and patients who have been prescribed benzodiazepines, or may be prescribed benzodiazepines in the future.

Benzodiazepine physical dependence is not the same as addiction. In fact, the vast majority of people who develop a physical dependence on these drugs are not at all addicted. Physical dependence means that a person has withdrawal symptoms when the drug is removed from their system. Addiction implies self-harming behaviors, characterized by cravings and compulsions to continue consumption of drugs that have a high abuse potential. Benzodiazepine physical dependence is not addiction.

People who have become dependent on these drugs do have hope. It is possible to safely taper off of benzodiazepines, using a slow taper method, such as the Ashton Method described in the Ashton Manual. While the process can sometimes be difficult, and the recovery period after completing the taper can take time, patients who quit benzodiazepines do eventually stop feeling withdrawal symptoms, and they do learn ways to address anxiety without the need for prescription drugs.

I encourage listeners of this episode to visit There is extensive information on the site for doctors and patients. While you are there, search for articles written by Dr. Huff. Her articles are informative, and they offer hope for the struggling benzodiazepine-dependent people who are looking for answers.

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Medicating Normal: Why Are Psych Meds Prescribed So Often?

Nicole Lamberson is a Physician Assistant residing in Virginia. She obtained a BS at James Madison University in 2000 and then went on to complete the Master of Physician Assistant program at Eastern Virginia Medical School in 2004. She practiced in Urgent Care and Occupational Medicine settings until severe illness from prescribed psychiatric medication polypharmacy and a subsequent protracted withdrawal syndrome left her unable to work. Aside from her role with Medicating Normal doing marketing, distribution and outreach, she co-founded The Withdrawal Project, an effort of the nonprofit, Inner Compass Initiative. She also serves on the Medical Advisory Board of Benzodiazepine Information Coalition and is a founding member of the Colorado Consortium’s Benzodiazepine Action Work Group. She also founded and co-administrates a small support group for those injured by prescribed psychiatric medication. In the future, Nicole hopes to practice again with a focus on prescribed medication withdrawal management and also participate in education initiatives around psychiatric drug withdrawal for medical prescribers.

Award-winning filmmaker, and co-director/producer of Medicating Normal, Lynn Cunningham produced, directed and edited films/TV for PBS and the History Channel in the 1980s and 90s (A Quiet Revolution: The Emergence of Alternative Education in Japan; Twenty Years of Co-Education; A Family in Progress; An Innovator’s Story, Behind the Scenes, Walter Reuther & the Birth of the UAW, Tadao Ando, Butoh: A Body on the Edge of Crisis, etc).

Twenty years ago, as she was becoming a parent herself, Lynn witnessed with crushing despair the dramatic transformation of a beloved family member. Once a bright, high-functioning scholar/athlete having graduated from an elite college, Lynn’s relative had become in a few short years– a terrified, suicidal shell of her former self— diagnosed with serious mental illness. Putting their faith in the best psychiatric standard of care at the time in the late 90s, Lynn and her family were initially reassured by the relief and stability provided by medication and therapy. After a ten-year period, however, one medicine had become ten, and income from a vibrant, self-sufficient career was replaced with monthly disability payments. Unable to provide an answer to her relative’s persistent self-doubt, “Is everything going to be OK?”” Lynn began searching for answers. She joined with her filmmaking partner Wendy Ractliffe, embarking on five years of research into the complex world of mental health treatment. After discovering Robert Whitaker’s Anatomy of an Epidemic, they interviewed 100s of psychiatric patients and consulted with scores of experts across the country about their experiences. A personal quest to help one suffering individual turned into a mission to tell an untold story. In Medicating Normal, Lynn and Wendy began to piece together a stunning new perspective on the safety and efficacy of psychiatric drugs and society’s over reliance on them to relieve pain and suffering.


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Daniella Hunter: The Importance of Food and Nutrition for Good Mental Health

Daniella’s deep care of herself, and the choices she made to support her own health, allowed her to turn the traditional restaurant model upside down. Daniella’s commitment to a menu free of gluten, grain, dairy, and refined sugar, coupled with a no compromise commitment to only cook with avocado oil, and defining a plant-focused menu featuring small amounts of impeccably sourced animal protein, is the core of what the Real Coconut Kitchen represents today. The Real Coconut brand has now expanded from its flagship location at her Sanara hotel in Tulum, Mexico, with a full restaurant in Malibu, California, and the opportunity to deliver many of the Real Coconut’s menu staples, to the Los Angeles community, and beyond, through the Real Coconut Market. Her first cookbook, “Nourish Yourself Nurture Our World” was released in the summer of 2021.

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