SAN CLEMENTE, Calif., Nov. 21, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- "In Your Right Mind," a new weekly behavioral health radio program that features in-depth roundtable discussions of today's behavioral health headlines, aired an important show on personality traits and addiction on Sunday, Nov. 20, on Talk Radio 790 AM KABC in Los Angeles. During the program, "4 Personality Traits = Addiction," the show's roundtable panel discussed a controversial new theory on four different traits in adolescents that may create pathways for addiction. "In Your Right Mind" is co-hosted by Program Producer Kristina Kuestner and Dr. Tonmoy Sharma, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Sovereign Health, who provides in-depth medical and clinical expertise. Sunday's panel included guest speakers Dawn Maxwell, addiction counselor; Dr. Natalie Castellanos-Ryan, adolescence researcher; Barbara Theodosiou, the founder of the international group The Addict's Mom (TAM); Dr. Blair Mor, an addiction psychologist; and Maia Szalavitz, writer/recovering addict. Listen to the full broadcast here.
As discussed during Sunday's show, the Substance Use Risk Profile measures personality traits linked to substance use profiles. The four traits include sensation-seeking, impulsiveness, anxiety sensitivity and hopelessness. During the show, Ms. Szalavitz explained why there isn't just one type of addictive personality trait. "The idea of the addictive personality has sort of been this idea of this one personality that all people with addiction had and it's been a very negative idea because it's like they're all liars, they're all manipulators, they're all people who are kind of nasty. In reality, this is not what you see among people with addiction. Certainly, people with addiction lie to hide their addiction, sometimes, but so do people who are having affairs. It doesn't mean you are a liar through and through."
The goal of "In Your Right Mind," produced in conjunction with Sovereign Health, is to raise public awareness and to get people talking about pertinent issues surrounding today's mental health and substance abuse epidemics.
Sunday's broadcast of "In Your Right Mind" not only explored the four personality traits, but also provided insight to those who express concern on highlighting these specific traits. "You may have someone who is a risk taker, or someone who is compulsive, or an anxious young person. But, if they are resilient, then the likelihood of them being exposed to drugs, and later on becoming an addict, is actually pretty low," says Dr. Mor.
The inaugural show, which aired on Sunday, Nov. 13, focused on the lingering stigma of mental illness and how it affects the ability of millions of Americans to find and receive appropriate treatment.
"In Your Right Mind" has an accompanying website, www.InYourRightMind.com. The website features "Talk to Your Right Mind," a message board listeners can use to post comments about the program, ask questions or recommend topics for future broadcasts.
In subsequent weeks, "In Your Right Mind" will broadcast the following important topics on Talk Radio 790 AM KABC from 5 to 6 p.m. PST.
Sunday, Nov. 27: "Distorted Disorders" explores the cost of pursuing perfection. From breaking down disordered eating and eating disorders to body dysmorphia, experts from the eating disorder field share insight on the physical and psychological impacts of these distorted disorders.
Sunday, Dec. 4: "NIMBY" (Not In My Backyard) explores the explosive community protest movement driven by residents who oppose having treatment facilities and sober living residences in their city.
Sunday, Dec. 11: "Fabricating the Facts" asks the question, "What makes someone continuously exaggerate the truth?" The panel will discuss why and how the brain reacts to "fibs" and how that allows some to continuously lie.
For those who miss the original broadcast, each show will be available on demand at www.InYourRightMind.com. For additional questions pertaining to "In Your Right Mind," please go to www.InYourRightMind.com or send questions to email@example.com.
One factor that differentiates Sovereign Health from other treatment providers is the company's ability to offer separate mental health and addiction or dual diagnosis treatment programs at its facilities. For more information, visit www.sovhealth.com.
About "In Your Right Mind"
"In Your Right Mind" is a weekly behavioral health radio show that covers various topics each week, including mental health disorders such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and addiction/dual diagnosis disorders. Dr. Tonmoy Sharma and Kristina Kuestner are the hosts of the show. In addition, each program will feature guest speakers throughout the United States participating in a roundtable discussion about headlines in behavioral health. The mission of "In Your Right Mind" is to raise awareness on pertinent behavioral health issues that get people talking. The hour-long show airs every Sunday at 5 p.m. on Talk Radio 790 KABC Los Angeles. "In Your Right Mind" is produced in conjunction with Sovereign Health, a leading national provider of behavioral health treatment services. For more information, visit www.inyourrightmind.com.
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