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Tapping Into The Human - A Podcast On Addiction, Recovery and Mental Health

Tapping Into The Human - A Podcast On Addiction, Recovery and Mental Health

By Albertus Project
Tapping Into The Human is a podcast on addiction, recovery and mental health, hosted by Alex Colyer, Founder and President of the Albertus Project non-profit. Weekly, listeners will hear powerful stories from people about their journey with recovery and be inspired by individuals and organizations that are leading the charge in decreasing the stigma surrounding mental health and addiction. By tapping into the human behind addiction and mental health, we can empower those suffering by creating a culture of empathy and support.
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Challenging Conventional Addiction Wisdom Feat. David Poses

Tapping Into The Human - A Podcast On Addiction, Recovery and Mental Health

Episode 27 - Women for Sobriety (WFS) - An Alternative to the 12 Steps
In this episode, Alex chats with Adrienne Miller of WFS about what the recovery group has to offer and how women can discover a happy 'New Life' in recovery.
May 12, 2022
Episode 26 - Chatting with my Former Therapist on Mental Health & Addiction
On this special episode, Alex chats with Cindy Smolkin, her former therapist, on how much she has grown and benefitted from Cindy's counseling, what it's like to be a therapist, and how parents can become an ally to their child. 
April 28, 2022
Episode 25 - Recovery at the Local and State Policy Level
Join Alex as she sits down with Brendan Little who serves as the First Policy Director at Boston Mayor’s Office of Recovery Services to discuss his experience establishing the office, what he is up to now, and how Massachusetts may spend the millions of dollars from the state’s lawsuits against opioid manufacturers and distributors.
April 21, 2022
Episode 24 - Being an Addiction Medicine Doctor Feat. Dr. Jeff Ripperda
Dr. Ripperda, Addiction Medicine & Family Medicine Doctor, joins Alex to discuss his experience in the field, why he chose this path, and how medication-assisted treatment is saving lives.
April 14, 2022
Episode 23 - Undoing Drugs - Harm Reduction & More with Maia Szalavitz
Join Alex as she dives into a conversation with Maia Szalavitz on harm reduction, some truths and myths about addiction, and what we can do to combat disinformation.
April 07, 2022
Episode 22 - How to Support a Loved One with Addiction (CRAFT) ft. Patrick Doyle
In this episode, Alex talks with Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT) certified clinician, Patrick Doyle, about how you can best support a loved one suffering from addiction by changing your behavior and attitudes. Alex and Patrick also collaborated on a CRAFT resource available on
March 31, 2022
Episode 21 - Living a Life in Recovery Authentic to Who You Are
In this episode, Alex chats with Casey Cannizzaro who is counselor at a treatment program in San Diego about his discovery of who he was, how he supports his lgtbqia+ clients, and harm reduction (amongst many other topics). 
March 24, 2022
Episode 20 - From Under the Influence to TikTok Influencer and Recovery Advocate
On this episode, Alex chats with Donnie Otero, better known as 'thatcrazysubguy' on TikTok, who shares his story of addiction and recovery and how is using his platform to inspire others to make a change.
March 17, 2022
Episode 19 - The Duality of Addiction with Pro Hockey Player Rich Clune
In this episode, Alex sits down with Rich Clune, Captain of the Toronto Marlies hockey team to discuss his documentary 'Hi, My Name is Dicky' which discusses his life on and off the ice and his battle with addiction. You can stream his documentary on 'Prime'now!
March 10, 2022
Episode 18 - The War on Drugs with Dr. Junkie
Join Alex as she chats with Dr. Ben Boyce, host of the Dr. Junkie podcast and author of 'Dr. Junkie: One Man's Story Addiction & Crime That Will Change Everything You Know About the War on Drugs'. The two discuss some of the science behind addiction, addiction education, and more!
March 03, 2022
Episode 17 - Navigating Life After Losing a Loved One to Alcoholism
Alex chats with her friend, Chelsea Pegues, host of the Stiicky Eddie podcast on the special relationship she shared with her father and the real life implications of losing him to addiction. The two discuss creating podcasts in honor of their loved ones in an effort to educate others. Check out the Stiicky Eddie podcast, where Chelsea talks about the duality addiction creates and how to navigate this landscape, on any of your streaming platforms now!
February 24, 2022
Episode 16 - How to Thrive in Recovery
Join Alex as she chats with Amy Guerrero, Founder of Thrive in Recovery, where she provides personalized coaching to help heal your relationships, love your work, and live sober with confidence.
February 17, 2022
Episode 15 - SMART Recovery - An Alternative to the 12 Steps
Join Alex as she speaks to State Outreach Director, Michael Hooper, to learn more about what SMART Recovery is, what is has to offer, and how it differs from 12 step programs.
February 10, 2022
Episode 14- LifeRing - An Alternative to the 12 Steps
Join Alex as she speaks to one of LifeRing's Board Members, Mary Beth O'Connor to learn more about what LifeRing Secular Recovery is, what is has to offer, and how it differs from 12 step programs.
February 03, 2022
Episode 13 - Two Sisters Chatting on Depression & Family
On this special episode of Tapping into the Human, Alex's sister, Jara joins the podcast to talk about her struggles with depression and anxiety and how family members can best support their loved ones.
January 27, 2022
Episode 12 - Music, Fame, and Sobriety Ft. Award Winning Composer Russell Howard
Join Alex as she chats with Grammy-nominated composer, Russell Howard on music, fame, and his recovery journey.
January 17, 2022
Episode 11: Real-Life Policy Implications of Treating Addiction as a Moral Failure Ft. Jessie Dunleavy
On this episode of Tapping into the Human, Alex is joined by Jessie Dunleavy, author of "Cover my Dreams in Ink" and an advocate for drug policy reform. The two discuss the story of her son, Paul, and his struggles with addiction in an unjust 'justice' system. Jessie and Alex highlight the need for lawmakers to place focus on evidence-based treatment and strategies that will reduce the risk of overdose vs the outdated laws that currently exist. Pick up your copy of "Cover my Dreams" on amazon here.
December 23, 2021
Episode 10: An Addiction People Joke About - Food Addiction Ft. Dr. Tarman
Join Alex and Dr. Vera Tarman on the science of food addiction and why we use food for comfort. Learn more about how and why this addiction is not perceived the same way as other addictions. 
December 09, 2021
Episode 9: The Non-Linear Line of Recovery Feat. Sam Anthony
Alex talks with Sam Anthony, a professional speaker, personal trainer and lifestyle coach about his journey with recovery and the hard truths of his setbacks. The two also discuss his new book and the process of writing it with his wife. Look for Sam's book, Just Don't Die: One Couple's True Story of Overcoming A Battle With Depression, Addiction and Suicidal Behavior on Amazon today!
November 20, 2021
Episode 8: Deep Conversations about Mental Health & Friendship Ft. Annalisa Turner
On this special episode, Alex and one of her best friends, Annalisa Turner, tell all about growing up, friendships, and mental health. 
November 05, 2021
Episode 7: Tackling Recovery, Spirituality, and Punitive Action with Nick Messikh
Join Alex as she speaks to Nick Messikh, founder of Transitions Bali, on his journey starting his own recovery program, his work in the jail system, and spirituality. P.S. - Nick might have the most likeable/listenable voice in all of podcast land!
October 26, 2021
Episode 6 - The Drug War in Canada & Harm Reduction
Join Alex as she speaks to Garth Mullins, a Canadian activist, writer, and broadcaster about the Drug War in Canada, harm reduction measures, and his podcast, Crackdown. 
October 07, 2021
Episode 5 - The Criminalization of Drugs & Drug Users feat. Drug Policy Alliance
Join Alex as she speaks to Aliza Cohen, from Drug Policy Alliance on the mass incarceration and criminalization of drugs and how grass roots movements are critical to catalyzing change in this space.
September 23, 2021
Episode 4: Finding Your Meaning & Purpose After Addiction
Alex speaks with Garret Biss, a former US Marine Corps Pilot who is now an author and professional speaker who helps people thrive in recovery. The two discuss the facades of "being ok" especially in the military and how you can find your authentic joy and purpose.
September 09, 2021
Challenging Conventional Addiction Wisdom Feat. David Poses
Alex interviews writer, speaker, and activist, David Poses on his book, the Weight of Air. His story exposes the danger in traditional recovery models and the importance of Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT). 
August 26, 2021
Episode 3: Supporting Families of Those in Active Addiction & Recovery
Featuring Angie Hamilton from Families for Addiction Recovery (FAR). Learn more about how addiction is a family disease and how we can best support family members in active addiction and recovery.
August 12, 2021
Episode 2: The Importance of Mental Health Literacy For Youth
Episode 2 features Adam's Apples' Director of the Youth Council, Ally MacLachlan, who discusses her family's story with addiction and the importance of mental health literacy.
August 05, 2021
Addiction: Understanding the disease that changed my life forever
Episode 1 kicks off by Alex exploring how she can best continue her friend’s legacy and how to process losing a loved one from addiction.
August 05, 2021