Listen as Rich and David Whitesock discuss his unbelievable journey from jail to law school graduate. David is passionate about helping others find recovery and solving the health crisis of addiction. He invented the Recovery Capital Index, which was validated, that measures change in wellbeing with respect to addiction.
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David is constantly curious and believes that everything connects. When we’re fully aware of what, where, and how things connect, we can understand the effects and modify the mechanisms in between for a greater good.
As Chief Innovation Officer at Face It TOGETHER, it has been David’s job to design better methods and experiences that can drive solutions for addiction. Through that lens and with a host of personal and professional experiences, David believes we will solve addiction when we don’t solve for addiction. He is dedicated to doing work that advances towards that vision. Along the way, vastly more people will realize connections to their purpose, improving the greater good for themselves and others.
David earned a joint JD/MA and BS from the University of South Dakota.
In 2015, he won e Bush Foundation Leadership Fellowship. During the two years of the Fellowship, he studied the art and science of happiness. He traveled to the happiness places on earth, like Iceland and Denmark, to see and experience these cultures first hand.
David is the inventor of the Recovery Capital Index® (RCI), a quantified, multi-dimensional survey that measures addiction wellbeing. The instrument was validated in 2018, subjected to peer review, and findings published in the May 2018 South Dakota Medical Journal.
It was a pleasure to speak with David Poses on the podcast about his unique and fresh perspective on drug use, opioid addiction, medication-assisted treatment, and harm reduction.
As a writer, speaker, expert and activist, David Poses is focused on evidence-based addiction treatment, drug policy, and harm reduction. His writing has been published by Washington Post, Los Angeles Times and NY Daily News (among others), and he’s appeared on various TV and radio shows and podcasts. He is the author of “The Weight of Air: a memoir of a double life, fueled by addiction and mental illness.”
Depression was David’s gateway to heroin/opioid addiction. He started using at 16 and kept his struggle hidden long after he got sober with Buprenorphine at age 32. Ten years later, in 2018, he realized his silence was working against the changes he wanted to see in the world. How could he expect anyone else to talk openly about their addiction or mental health issues if he denied the existence of his? David set out on a mission to share his experiences with the world through his books, public speaking, and bylined articles for major media.
David lives in New York with his wife and kids, and many instruments he can’t really play.
Shaking things up, I had my sister Marion on our podcast and we had a blast! She also happens to be one of the earliest adopters of youturn for her company. She understands the stress of working mothers, especially right now! Marion has always been a woman in the workforce who has managed to have a family and a successful business. Although she will be the first to tell you it has not always been easy. Her hope is to be a part of the solution to make it easier for working mothers. She will be starting her own podcast very soon featuring guests that will help facilitate change and keep the conversation going.
Check out her Bio below and be on the lookout for Marion Crawford’s new podcast…
Marion Crawford is the founder & CEO of Crawford agency, a full-service marketing and brand strategy firm headquartered in Greenville, South Carolina. She has more than 25 years of experience in the field of marketing and communications, particularly in the financial services, healthcare, and travel industry segments. Most recently, Marion had the opportunity to serve on a long-term client assignment with United Community Bank, where she built an internal team while developing and implementing a corporate marketing & communications strategy. As CEO of the Crawford agency, Marion is focused on the long-term growth of the company. Since its inception in 2010, the agency has grown from 3 to more than 30 employees, and over the past several years has added significant media, digital, and website services in-house. Additionally, the Crawford agency was chosen in 2018, 2019, and 2020 by the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce as one of the Best Places to Work in South Carolina.
Marion started her career in the field of journalism, first working on the Nightly News Desk at NBC in New York, and later as a news writer and on-air reporter for WSPA-TV (CBS) in Spartanburg and WLOS-TV (ABC) in Asheville. Additionally, she spent five years with ScanSource, Inc., where she worked in sales, business development, and marketing.
Marion holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia, and serves on the Regional Selection Committee for UVA’s Jefferson Scholars Foundation, a group that awards full-ride scholarships to exceptional student leaders across the country. In 2013, she was inducted into the Greenville Tech Entrepreneurs Forum, a prestigious group of local business leaders. She is an active community member, and has served on the boards of the Peace Center, Greenville Symphony Orchestra, Greenville Country Club, and is a past President of the Board of Artisphere, a nationally recognized multi-day arts festival.
Marion resides in Greenville, South Carolina, with her husband, three children, and two dogs. Outside of work, Marion is passionate about exercise, books, writing, and staying actively involved in the growth of the Upstate. She is also currently working with her husband William to revitalize an 1850’s historic home and farm in Laurens, SC.
Leslie Weirich lost her son to suicide during his junior year at Wabash College. Austin was a star athlete and stellar student with no indication of suicidal ideation. Left with questions and an aching heart, Leslie embarked on a journey to go upstream and create a network of support for adolescents to build their resilience to life. She realizes that suicide is stigmatized and her hope is that by sharing Austin’s story she will get people talking and working toward a common goal of ending young adult suicide.
Alcohol addiction is a serious and difficult condition to overcome. There are many different medical services that, when used together, can help treat and prevent addiction. As simple as this seems, many people neglect these solutions until it is too late.
Have you heard about the C Three Foundation?
The C Three foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advocating for The Sinclair Method, or TSM. TSM is a way to reduce alcohol consumption for people who suffer from alcohol addiction and for gray area drinkers.
Jenny Williamson is the Executive Director of the Board of Directors of the C Three Foundation. She works hard to increase awareness of TSM so that more alcohol dependent people will have the opportunity to learn more about this form of pharmacological extinction that essentially erases the alcohol habit from the brain.
Unfortunately, the treatment industry has not participated in promoting this harm reduction protocol for helping people to reduce their drinking. Ms. Williamson is aware that most of that responsibility has fallen on the C Three Foundation.
There are several alcohol addiction treatment options, including TSM. It is reasonable to offer patients choices and it is reasonable to make recomendations based on the individual situations of individual patients.
People deserve equal access to treatment for alcohol misuse. Ms. Williamson and actress Claudia Christian have created the C Three Foundation as a program to act as a bridge between healthcare providers and people interested in medication for alcohol treatment so they can work on overcoming alcoholism.
While naltrexone is the main medication used in The Sinclair Method, the C Three Foundation has no connection to the manufacturers of Naltrexone. While naltrexone, the opiate blocker, plays an important part in treating alcohol abuse, there is more to TSM than just taking a pill every day.
As a tax exempt organization that is structured as a charity, the C Three Foundation provides information on the science of TSM and it provides an advanced treatment locator to help prospective patients to find healthcare providers experienced with TSM.
Today we will look at the benefits of being alone and how it differs from being lonely. It is important to take time by ourselves to look retrospectively, reflect, and decompress. That is something that is best done alone, but it is also important to ensure we’re not becoming lonely in the process.