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Healthy You

Healthy You Podcast

Thursday, May 16, 2019 10:21 AM

The Healthy You podcast from NorthShore University HealthSystem examines trending topics in healthcare, from issues making headlines to the latest developments in clinical care and the newest trends to help you lead a healthier life. The podcast is an informative and entertaining dive into what’s happening in healthcare.

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Healthy You Podcast host, Andy Buchanan

Opioid Addiction Series

In this three-part series we examine the opioid epidemic in America, hearing from a patient battling addiction and from addiction experts at NorthShore’s Doreen E. Chapman Center, who work with individuals struggling with substance use disorders. Listen to it directly in your browser below or subscribe on your favorite podcast app using the links we provide.

Episode 1: Sharon's Journey

In this episode, we visited 58-year-old Sharon at her home in the Chicago suburb of Winnetka. With its large homes set back from tree-lined streets, Winnetka’s not the kind of place you’d expect to find the issue of addiction, but it’s here. Sharon, a mother of five and interior designer who works out of her home, fell into addiction after undergoing a surgical procedure to address her chronic pain.

Episode 2: Surrender and Recovery

In this episode, we speak to addiction experts at the Doreen E. Chapman Center, a comprehensive treatment facility at NorthShore University HealthSystem for individuals struggling with substance use disorders. We’ll also hear more from Sharon, a 58-year-old suburban Chicago woman who became addicted to opioids following a surgical procedure to address her chronic pain. After being confronted about her addiction by her sister, Sharon finally decided to seek help at the Chapman Center.

Episode 3: On the Frontlines of the Opioid Epidemic

In this episode, we’re talking to NorthShore University HealthSystem’s Dr. Michael Nelson, a physician who is on the front lines of this epidemic. Dr. Nelson is helping save the lives of overdose victims who come into the emergency department, and working with patients who need help overcoming their addiction. Dr. Nelson also talks about the history of substance abuse in society and the frightening trends he sees today.