Addiction Recovery with Dr. Rajiv Juneja – You Are More Than That

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In this podcast, I had the pleasure of speaking with Dr. Rajiv Juneja. Dr. Juneja is an addiction specialist who shared some valuable insights into addiction recovery and prevention. He believes abstinence alone does not equal recovery, but that addiction is highly treatable when abstinence combines with therapy and understanding. Join us to find out why it's never too late to reach out for help, achieve recovery, dream big and make it happen.

About Dr. Rajiv Juneja

Rajiv Juneja, M.D., M.S., is board-certified in both adult psychiatry and addiction medicine.
Prior to attending St. George’s University School of Medicine, Dr. Raj underwent graduate training in neurosciences at Northwestern University. Dr. Raj has also completed a fellowship at the University of Arizona, studying integrative and alternative medicine under Dr. Andrew Weil.
Dr. Raj is the current chairman of the committee on public education for the American Psychiatry Association’s New Jersey chapter.

Dr. Raj practices adult psychiatry, addiction psychiatry, and integrative psychiatry, and is currently an individual and family therapist in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

Dr. Raj is the author of You Are More Than That: A Guide to Embracing the Spiritual Being Within and Becoming Fully Human, published by Hay House, Inc. (2013)

Host of the popular “Head Up with Dr. Raj” radio show house (Hay House Radio), Dr. Raj has developed a following of listeners who tune in regularly to hear his insights on how to live a healthy, happy and more fulfilling life.

0:10 Introducing Dr. Rajiv Juneja

2:32 The struggle with addiction

  • Anxiety drives us – a small amount is healthy
  • Brain changes on drugs or alcohol

7:21 Opiate dependency and lifestyle changes

  • Treatment for dependency decreases mortality risk over 50%

11:36 Risks of quitting unassisted

  • Tolerance decreases significantly in a short period of time
  • Clean-up doesn’t feel good at first

14:17 Addiction recovery work

  • Abstinence is not equal to recovery
  • Therapy and understanding leads to recovery

14:59 Breaking through the shame

  • The ability to share
  • Underreactive style of communication

20:44 How family members can help

  • Parents can influence minors
  • Being authentic and transparent with adults
  • Exercising caution when helping, respecting family dynamics

28:32 Interventions

  • The readiness for change is a fluctuating product

31:38 Prevention is the key

  • Learning values early on

34:10 Bipolar disorder and substance abuse

36:10 How parents can build a resilient child

  • Mentalization
  • Keeping agreements
  • Intentions equals results

41:27 Rajiv's resources

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