I have spent years teasing apart in my mind how humans can find true and sustained happiness in their lives. And, how does this happiness affect the whole community? This concern takes on new relevance as Americans engage in an intense political debate.
What I ultimately found was that there is a core part in all of us that I call the “essential self” that we typically turn away from in childhood, and have long forgotten by the time we are young adults. Some of the qualities of our essential self are peace, happiness, a sense of connectedness, a sense of freedom, and love.
Dr. Shelley Uram, a triple board-certified psychiatrist and Senior Fellow at The Meadows, was recently a guest on The Dr. Drew podcast.
The podcast is hosted by Dr. Drew Pinsky, a board-certified internist and addiction medicine specialist who is well known for his work both as a physician and as a TV and radio personality. On The Dr. Drew podcast, he takes listener calls and talks to experts on a variety of topics relating to health, relationships, sex, and addiction.
Sean Walsh, Chief Executive Officer at The Meadows, talks with Mark Lewis on the Empowerment Team show about the heroin epidemic and the “Hooked: Tracking Heroin’s Hold on Arizona” simulcast project. This interview covers the law enforcement as well as the addicts side of this national crisis and offers Sean’s viewpoint on treatment.
“Hooked: Tracking Heroin’s Hold on Arizona” will simultaneously air January 13 at 6:30 p.m. on every broadcast TV station and most radio outlets across Arizona. The 30-minute commercial-free investigative report was produced by Arizona State University student journalists and focuses on the growing perils of heroin and opioid use.
Sean Walsh, Executive Director at The Meadows, contributed to the project which was supported by The Meadows. Walsh was a member of the Steering/Planning Committee in charge of coordinating the large undertaking, and also chaired the Recovery/Response Committee. In this role, Walsh worked with different representatives from the treatment community around the state of Arizona to coordinate, staff, and oversee the 100-phone call center. The call center, sponsored by the Arizona Broadcasters Association (ABA), will be manned by trained professionals during and after the telecast for viewers seeking counseling or needing more information on heroin and opioid addiction.
“The growing heroin and opioid problem is reaching epidemic levels and has become a critical public health issue,” Walsh said. “I’m proud to be involved in this massive project that will no doubt save lives.”
The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at ASU have produced packages of digital stories and data analyses that will be available on the Web, an accompanying mobile tablet app, plus Spanish-language and radio versions of the documentary.
The TV stations committed to the simulcast include: