Through the Trees Podcast Episodes

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Addiction treatment healthcare is a vast territory, much of it having yet to be fully charted. It’s also a field with some of the most passionate and interesting clinicians. CeDAR’s Addiction Psychiatrist Dr. Patrick Fehling walks us along the addiction treatment trails, learning from experts of all backgrounds and specialties. Join us on a journey Through the Trees.

Cultivating a Recovery Community

January 22, 2020

Cultivating a Recovery Community

Over the past two years, CeDAR has built a vibrant alumni community. Our Alumni Coordinator, Meghan White, spearheads this effort. On this episode of Through the Trees, we sit down with Meghan to learn about growing a recovery community. Lisa Peretti, an alumni who maintains an active presence in this community, also joins us. We explore what makes this program flourish, now with a membership of over 1,700 individuals. Listen on iTunes

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Safe Spaces

January 6, 2020

Safe Spaces

At CeDAR, we focus on helping people reach a life of sobriety and recovery. This path also includes an emphasis on a positive lifestyle. What options are available to help someone both preserve their recovery while enjoying life? On this episode of Through the Trees, we sit down with CeDAR’s Jay Voigt and the founder of Sober AF Entertainment, Duke Rumley. We talk about organizations that provide safe spaces in recovery, including through such venues as sports and music. A culture of excitement and activity can be blended well with a life of addiction recovery. Listen on iTunes

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Many Unseen Factors

December 17, 2019

Many Unseen Factors

Human trafficking is one of the most toxic violations of a person, taking away elements of a person’s core dignity. This problem is also connected to topics including drug abuse and post-traumatic stress disorder. On this episode of Through the Trees, we sit down with Caroline McKinnon, Executive Director of Street’s Hope, a Denver organization committed to providing services for human trafficking victims and empowering our community to effectively address this problem. Special thanks also to the University of Denver Human Trafficking Center for providing research and advocacy. Listen on iTunes

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The Science of Bipolar

November 13, 2019

The Science of Bipolar

Bipolar disorder is often the most hurtful and disabling condition for someone’s life. Characterized by episodes of depression and mania, often pressing someone’s life, career, and family to the brink. Bipolar is highly complicated and warrants expert management approaches. On this episode of Through the Trees, we sit down with one of those experts, Dr. Chris Schneck of the University of Colorado Department of Psychiatry and the Helen & Arthur E. Johnson Depression Center. We talk about bipolar history, treatment approaches, genetics and cutting-edge research. Listen on iTunes

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Transplants

October 14, 2019

Transplants

One of the most devastating consequences of alcoholism is the development of liver disease. For some of these individuals, they require a transplant to survive. On this episode of Through the Trees, we sit down with the University of Colorado Liver Transplant Team, specifically Dr. Whitney Jackson and Dr. Steven Huett. As Colorado is one of the premier national locations for transplant medicine, this podcast will shed light on some of the complex variables involved in receiving a new liver ranging from scientific factors to bioethics. Listen on iTunes

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Trust but Verify

September 11, 2019

Trust but Verify

“Trust but verify” - A quote made famous by President Ronald Regan in 1987 connected to diplomacy in the U.S. and Russia at the time. For addiction treatment, we also verify our trust using drug and alcohol testing. On this episode of Through the Trees, we sit down with Kerry Schwarz clinical pharmacist at the University of Colorado and CeDAR. She’s going to help us better understand this unique world of drug and alcohol testing. Listen on iTunes

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Recovery Coaching

August 21, 2019

Recovery Coaching

In the last couple of decades, coaches have gained status as useful support tools in sectors ranging from workplace advancement to behavioral health. Filling a space in a way different from therapists or sponsors, addiction recovery coaches can add value to someone’s treatment path. On this episode of Through the Trees, we learn about CeDAR’s Addiction Recovery Coaching program and how it can be used by our patients to bolster positive results in recovery. Listen on iTunes

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The Admissions Team

July 2, 2019

The Admissions Team

Any patient receiving care at CeDAR first needs to walk through the steps of the admission process. This includes determining the appropriateness for treatment and the complexities of insurance authorization. On this episode of Through the Trees, we sit down with Todd Nice and Audrey Davis, members of the CeDAR Admissions Team. We seek to answer some of the most common admission questions to help potential new patients and their families. Listen on iTunes

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The Chronic Pain Paradigm

June 3, 2019

The Chronic Pain Paradigm

An estimated 25 million U.S. adults struggle with daily pain. The experience of chronic pain carries both physical and psychological implications, especially for those also experiencing addiction. On this episode of Through the Trees, we discuss chronic pain, its history, and treatment with Dr. Rachel Cavallaro, Psychologist at CeDAR. Listen on iTunes

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Codependent

April 29, 2019

Codependent

Our first season of Through the Trees took us on a trek across CeDAR visiting with professionals in multiple departments, ranging from the Medical Detox program to the Spiritual Center. We reviewed principles of harm reduction, dialectical behavioral therapy, and psychological testing. As we begin our second season we'll talk with Blair Thurston, CeDAR Family Program Educator, about codependency in the family system and how it affects addiction treatment. Listen on iTunes

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Smoke Free

March 18, 2019

Smoke Free

If you were asked what substance causes the most deaths, what would you say? Alcohol? Heroin? The combined deaths from alcohol and all other drugs of abuse are still less than those from the most lethal killer of all. Tobacco. On this episode of Through the Trees, we sit down with Dr. Laura Martin, former Medical Director of CeDAR. We talk about how six years ago, CeDAR made a groundbreaking change in the addiction treatment world by becoming a tobacco-free recovery program. Demonstrated clearly by clinical research, quitting tobacco both extends someone’s life and extends their probability at overall recovery. Listen on iTunes

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Spiritually Connected

February 5, 2019

Spiritually Connected

If you are a spiritual person, what would that mean? Spiritual themes are integrated within the areas if wellness, therapy, and especially addiction recovery. On this episode of Through the Trees, we sit down with Adam Richardson, Spiritual Counselor at CeDAR. We explore the topic of spirituality on a deeper level, with an emphasis on the most important ingredient – feeling connected. Listen on iTunes

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Coverage Clarity

December 26, 2018

Coverage Clarity

Navigating healthcare insurance can make or break someone’s ability to effectively recover from addiction and mental illness. On this episode of Through the Trees, I’m joined by Jay Voigt, Director of Operations at CeDAR. We talk about some of the legal aspects of healthcare insurance and connect this to national data around addiction treatment access to care. Listen on iTunes

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Psychological Ink

November 14, 2018

Psychological Ink

Ourselves - through thoughts, emotions, and how we construct and deconstruct information - all projected onto ink. The Rorschach inkblot test has been used for almost 100 years to shed light on the complexities of the mind. On this episode of Through the Trees, I sit down with Dr. Harlan Austin, Psychologist and Director of Clinical Quality at CeDAR, to delve into the themes of this fascinating test and its role in psychological assessment. Listen on iTunes

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ACEs in Recovery

October 12, 2018

ACEs in Recovery

Trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder are some of the most of the most common topics in the world of addiction treatment today. On this episode of Through the Trees, we sit down with Dr. Robyn Hacker, Psychologist at CeDAR who specializes in trauma assessment and treatment. We review some of the more sophisticated research on the topic including adverse childhood experiences, or ACEs study.

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Cannabis Complexity

September 7, 2018

Cannabis Complexity

The topic of cannabis is a big one. Issues of legalization, medicalization and complex research are important parts of this discussion. How does this look behind the scenes? For this episode of Through the Trees, I sit down with Dr. Christian Hopfer, a psychiatrist and premier researcher for the University of Colorado. We talk about twin-based research, harm vs beneficial evidence with marijuana, and public health needs for greater guidance for the population. Listen on iTunes

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Dispelling Stigma

July 11, 2018

Dispelling Stigma

Opioid addiction stigma needs to change. On this episode of Through the Trees, Dr. Fehling talks with CeDAR’s Blair Hubbard about her work with state and national policy campaigns to improve patient access to treatment. Listen on iTunes

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Treatment Relationships Recap

July 2, 2018

Treatment Relationships Recap

Through the Trees is brought to you by CeDAR – Center for Dependency, Addiction and Rehabilitation. Dr. Patrick Fehling explores the world of addiction treatment and everything that comes with it. Hear from the variety of professionals involved with treating substance use and co-occurring mental health disorders. Listen on iTunes

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Change Talk

May 25, 2018

Change Talk

In this episode of Through the Trees, Dr. Fehling talks with Alex Coreth, CeDAR’s Behavioral Health Supervisor for Women’s Residential Treatment about the stages of change, harm reduction and how substance abuse rehab parallels physical rehab. Listen on iTunes

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Staying Mindful

April 18, 2018

Staying Mindful

To live mindfully involves staying present and avoiding judgments. This is critical for emotional healing in addiction recovery. In this episode of Through the Trees, we explore introductory and advanced concepts of mindfulness training with John Hardman, MD, LAC. Listen on iTunes

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DBT and the 12 Steps

March 30, 2018

DBT and the 12 Steps

DBT by itself can seem very clinical. 12-step recovery can be difficult to accept. In this episode of Through the Trees, we sit down with Bari Platter, MS, RN, PMHCNSBC who developed DBT and the 12 Steps, an innovative program now used by treatment centers across the country. Listen on iTunes

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Families in Recovery

March 20, 2018

Families in Recovery

As a family member ... What do I do now? What do I say? What do I NOT say? Dr. Fehling talks with CeDAR’s Family Program Educator, Kimberly Thompson, who facilitates CeDAR’s Family Program 5-Day Workshop every two weeks. Join us as we take another journey Through the TreesListen on iTunes

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Everybody Needs to Start Somewhere

February 15, 2018

Everybody Needs to Start Somewhere

In this premiere episode of Through the Trees: The CeDAR Addiction Treatment Podcast, Dr. Fehling sits down with Addiction Medicine Physician Dr. Dan Bebo to talk about medical detox fact and fiction. Listen on iTunes

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February 15, 2018

Episode 1 – Everybody Needs to Start Somewhere

“Episode 1 – Everybody Needs to Start Somewhere” from Through the Trees – The CeDAR Addiction Treatment Podcast by Pat Fehling, MD and Dan Bebo, MD. Released: 2018. Track 1. Genre: Health.

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