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Catch & Release Video Series

Catching up on news and events affecting the field of behavioral health and releasing insights into the world

Behavioral health conditions, including substance use and mental health disorders, are among the most complex medical conditions. Our collective understanding of the biological, cultural, and societal stressors and PTSD and developmental trauma as root causes of these conditions is evolving.

Foundry Steamboat is home to exceptionally experienced clinicians and thought leaders who provide direct care to individuals and families living with and healing from behavioral health conditions. The Catch & Release series provides opportunities for these professionals to reflect on their insights and experiences in treatment and comment on important and timely issues affecting the health of individuals, families, and society.

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Catch & Release - Episode 1

Increased marijuana use by parents puts children at greater risk for adverse events and may hamper family member recovery.

Reporting by the Society for the Study of Addiction suggests that recreational marijuana legalization leads to more parents and guardians using marijuana at home. The use of any elative substance can lead to its misuse. The chances for substance use disorders in homes with children increases as more parents use marijuana. Substance misuse is considered an adverse childhood event (ACE), a factor that significantly increases risks for problems in later life. Some parents may not know that exposing children to marijuana misuse is deleterious. Many people may think that children can only be negatively impacted by marijuana if they use it themselves.

Foundry Treatment Center CEO Ben Cort, and Chief Clinical Officer Dr. Michael Barnes, provide perspectives on marijuana use disorder and its effects on individuals and family systems. Ben Cort is the author of Weed, Inc., a critical account of marijuana commercialization in the US, and a national marijuana policy speaker and educator. Dr. Michael Barnes is an experienced clinician and lecturer with more than forty years of direct care experience who treats patients experiencing problematic substance use, including marijuana use disorder.

In this video, the colleagues break from fly-fishing Colorado’s Yampa River to discuss the study’s findings and relay their experiences with problematic marijuana use in family systems. The discussion suggests that use disorders among parents, whether marijuana or other substances, can prioritize substance availability and use over the needs of children. Other problems arise when substances become connected with family traditions or identity. When families accept and integrate substance use, it can be challenging for members seeking recovery to feel supported and makes it harder for loved ones to assist in their family member’s recovery.

Catch & Release - Episode 2

Record overdose deaths in 2020 highlight ongoing challenges in root causes of addiction, public perception, and treatment access.

The US government reported 93,000 overdose deaths in 2020, an increase of 29 percent over 2019. Rates of overdose deaths and so-called deaths of despair, as well as diagnosed cases of depression, anxiety, and other mental health conditions, have been increasing before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. While it is believed that the illness, isolation, financial uncertainty, and other adverse effects of the pandemic exacerbated substance use and mental health problems, the root causes driving these conditions are longstanding.  

FoundryTreatment Center Steamboat CEO Ben Cort, and Chief Clinical Officer Dr. Michael Barnes, are behavioral healthcare experts with first-hand knowledge of addiction, stigma, and the challenges of ensuring the availability of high-quality treatment. Through direct treatment experience, work with families, advocacy, and education, the colleagues have developed rounded perspectives on the causes of addictive disorders and the social, cultural, and institutional factors that play roles in these pervasive issues.  

In this video, Ben Cort and Dr. Michael Barnes reflect on the staggering increase in overdose deaths and barriers that must be addressed to reduce the tragic surge.Some of the key themes discussed include broadening our informational and policy focuses from opioids to all substances, reducing stigma even among doctors to ease treatment access and the importance of maintaining and developing the disease model of addiction.

Issues of Cannabis Use Disorder and Finding Treatment

Foundry Steamboat Chief Clinical Officer Dr. Michael Barnes and CEO Ben Cort discuss some of the problems associated with diagnosing cannabis use disorder, sustaining recovery, and finding appropriate care.

THC products pose risks for the development of substance use disorders and addiction and use factors including potency, format, and ingestion method offer clues to providers attempting to assess client needs. In this segment, Ben Cort and Michael Barnes discuss stigma and old thinking that can make it harder for people to find treatment for cannabis use disorder and steps that behavioral healthcare providers can take to reduce barriers to care. They also address the problem of pervasive marijuana references in our culture that can trigger people recovering from CUD.

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