Stop the Stigma Podcast


The Stop the Stigma podcast will explore how stigma is hampering our efforts to combat addiction, what actionable steps can be taken to address this issue, and more. To help answer these questions and offer insight into this complicated issue, Toni and Christopher will bring on expert guests with lived experience in the entertainment world, along with scientists and other key individuals to delve deeply into this critical effort to reverse the trend of this devastating epidemic.


The first guest on this forum will be the world-renowned scientist, and Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse at the National Institute of Health, Dr. Nora Volkow. Dr. Volkow’s revolutionary work has had a profound impact on the field of addiction. Among other significant accomplishments, she has pioneered the use of brain imaging to explore how drugs affect the brain, and has demonstrated to the world that addiction is in fact a disease.


Additional guests will include some of the world’s leading experts on addiction, specifically, Mark Gold, M.D., Jessi Gold M.D. M.S., Nicole Avena, PhD, and James Berry DO.

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