“Regarding the Disease Concept and addiction, I cannot view my clients as being defective at core.  Nor should they!”



Welcome to the third episode of the Svelte Yeti Podcast.  Today we explore athletics as an adaptive coping strategy within a biopsychosocial treatment framework for addiction.  We cover  the nature of addiction and the philosophical disagreement between the Disease Concept and Learning Psychology, or as I describe, “The Cumulative Learned Coping Approach”.

Defining Harm Reduction

The guiding principle of Harm Reduction as a human rights and public heath approach to clinical care is also reviewed.  With an understanding that we cannot care enough, encourage enough, or control the behaviour of an addict enough to, “get them to stop using,” we are left with ensuring that substance misuse is done safely.

One Part Of The Puzzle

Finally, today I promote athletics as part of a holistic biopsychosocial approach to treating addiction, one that encourages delay of gratification, creates a sense of self-control, and reduces measurable anxiety and dysphoric mood.

People Mentioned Today:

  1. Rob Archuleta – Extreme Athlete
  2. Timothy Olson – Ultrarunner
  3. Rich Roll  – Author of “Finding Ultra” and Ultrarunner
  4. David Clark – Ultrarunner
  5. Charlie Engle – Ultrarunner

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JKP 003 • Athletics and Addiction: Standing at the Edge was last modified: October 5th, 2017 by Jerod Killick