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Jailhouse Psychiatry During Covid-19. The Story of Coffeeland

Cuyahoga County Jail

As the concerned amongst us continue to practice self-isolation there are those who deliberately thumb their nose at directives to go about our lives safely – then, there are those who have no choice – they are incarcerated. Worse still, many suffer from mental illness. Dr. Joseph Baskin, staff psychiatrist with MetroHealth in Cleveland and an assistant professor with Case Western Reserve University works as psychiatrist at the Cuyahoga County Jail. His work under relatively normal times means doing his best to advocate both for the individual and society at large; not interfering with justice, but providing insight and support when possible. Dr. Baskin explains treating mental illness is the last safety net. Many of his patients don’t have insight, they don’t think they are mentally ill and a judge is a final authority they will understand. He compassionately treats antisocial personality, high rates of trauma and ADHD. In his work, he tasked with managing behavior. With Covid-19 in full effect, the doctor’s work is made all the more stressful and, he has to continually be aware of and monitor his own well-being. Dr. Baskin shares his thoughts and gives critical insights to his work with people who are unable to willingly self-isolate.

What do you know about coffee? A wonderful new book will change how you look at – or taste coffee again. Augustine Sedgewick takes us on an extraordinary adventure of discovery, revealing details and history, even the most ardent coffee lover will be surprised by. In Coffeeland – One Man’s Dark Empire and the Making of Our Favorite Drug the learned Augustine Sedgewick has brilliantly chronicled the most consequential revolution by telling the global history of one family. His book is both innovative and factual as he effortlessly untangles the routes that carried coffee from the slopes of El Salvador to the shelves of US supermarkets. Augustine exposes a realm of ruthless entrepreneurs, hardworking laborers, laboratory chemists, and guerrilla fighters. Plus, he is a wonderful and enthusiastic guest. 

Show #369

Chris Wilson’s Unforgettable Story

Chris Wilson – The Master Plan – My Journey From Life In Prison To A Life Of Purpose

Chris Wilson grew up in a tough Washington, D.C., neighborhood, he was so afraid for his life, he wouldn’t leave the house without a gun. One night, defending himself, he killed a man. At eighteen, he was sentenced to life in prison with no hope of parole. What should have been the end of his story became the beginning. Deciding to make something of his life, Chris embarked on a journey of self-improvement–reading, working out, learning languages, even starting a business. He wrote his Master Plan: a list of all he expected to accomplish or acquire. He worked his plan every day for years, and in his mid-thirties, he did the impossible: he convinced a judge to reduce his sentence and became a free man. Today Chris is a successful social entrepreneur who employs returning citizens; a mentor; and a public speaker. He is the embodiment of second chances. In the next edition of Life Elsewhere, you’ll hear Chris Wilson’s unforgettable story.

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Show #310

What Don’t We Know & What Should We Know About Heroin & Addiction?

Jerry Stahl

The sad untimely death of Philip Seymour Hoffman, probably due to a heroin overdose has once again thrown the media spotlight on drug abuse and addiction. At Life Elsewhere we ask, “What Don’t We Know & What Should We Know About Heroin & Addiction?” To learn more about heroin and addiction, we asked three people to help us. Norman B reached out to some of the professional and creative people he knows who have first hand knowledge of heroin addiction. Celebrated best-selling author, journalist and screenwriter, Jerry Stahl who’s memoir of heroin addiction, Permanent Midnight, was made into a film with Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson. Jerry has also written The Heroin Chronicles, Bad Sex On Speed and most recently, Happy Mutant Baby Pills, Jerry Stahl joined Life Elsewhere from Los Angeles. Patrick OneilAlso in LA, a returning guest to Life ElsewherePatrick O’Neil , former road manager for infamous Punk bands, including the Dead Kenndys, Flipper and TSOL. Patrick‘s rock & roll life led to heroin addiction which meant turning to a life of crime to support his ever-increasing habit. Eventually, Patrick O’Neil ended up in prison, serving time for robbing banks. His incarceration meant quitting heroin and discovering his talent for writing. Patrick‘s memoir Gun, Needle Spoon will be published next year. He is currently working on his next book, chronicling his former career as a road manager, (he read an excerpt from his forthcoming memoir in a past edition of Life Elsewhere).

Dr Romie Mushtaq

Traditionally trained neurologist and expert in the field of mind-body medicine, Dr. Romie Mushtaq joined the program to explain a branch of medicine that promotes the science behind mindfulness based techniques. Dr. Romie suggests it is false thinking to believe that quitting an addiction is simply “a matter of willpower”. The doctor says, most people do not understand that rewiring the brain’s reward system does not happen instantaneously. In order to train the brain to change from a reward pattern created by addiction, it takes long-term treatment. The mind-body perspective on addiction is that it is not a separate ailment, but rather a condition on the continuum of human suffering.

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