Dr. Cali Estes joins Joey Talks to discuss all things mental health and addiction on his podcast. With Covid-19, mental health issues and addiction issues are up by 30%.  Listen in Joey asks Dr. Cali Estes key questions.

Firstly she discusses what addiction is, what the definition of an addiction is in the DSM-V is, and how addiction and substance use disorder have been changed radically on the clinical side as to how they treat them in the past 10 years. She discusses the changes within the DSM-V and how the new medically assisted treatment or MAT program has taken off.

Secondly, Dr. Cali Estes discusses what addiction versus dependence is and the many different pathways to handling specific types of drug use and alcohol consumption. Dr. Cali Estes is one of the leading harm reduction addiction specialists and she helps her clients with controlled drinking, use of Suboxone, methadone, and Vivitrol. She is also the owner and founder of The Addictions Academy, the largest online global school for addiction training  At The Addictions Academy, also offers a class in harm reduction and trains coaches and clinical professionals in that model. There are also 30 other classes available there, 20 teachers, and they are accredited and offered in 25 countries and translated into five languages making them the largest global addiction education provider.

Thirdly, Dr. Cali Estes discusses her husband‘s heroin addiction and her book “I Married a Junkie,” and what it’s like being married to someone that has an opiate use disorder. She also discusses how she created Pro-recovery Rx, the supplement line, to help combat addiction and mental health issues. It is the first of its kind to offer supplements that help heal the brain and restore the neurotransmitters in the brain that are affected by specific drugs.