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Adam Fout

I'm an addiction / recovery / mental health blogger and a speculative fiction / nonfiction writer. I have a B.A. in English and an M.A. in Professional and Technical Communication. I'm a graduate of the 2020 Odyssey Writing Workshop. I'm a regular contributor to Recovery Today Magazine, and I've been featured on numerous recovery podcasts. I have personal experience with addiction and mental health. I have Substance Use Disorder (SUB), Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Major Depressive Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Intermittent Explosive Disorder (IED), and Binge Eating Disorder (BED), among others. I have been in numerous drug rehabs, detoxes, and mental institutions, so I understand from personal experience how the mental health system works. I have been published in numerous literary magazines, including December, J Journal, and Flash Fiction Online, among others. I LOVE when readers reach out to me! Always feel free to send me an email at awfout at gmail dot com. I can't wait to hear from you!

Ep. 9 — God and AA

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Adam and Michael dissect Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), its origin, the 12 steps, and the involvement of God/religion as a part of the process. They chat about some of the issues that can come with including God as part of this program and the challenges that AA can present for people in need of recovery and healing. Listen here.

The Frontlines of Mental Healthcare w/ Special Guest Jack Lewis

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Samantha, Adam, and Michael chat with Jack Lewis, a student in Northeastern University’s Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner program. Jack has worked as a Recovery Specialist at Northeast Addiction Treatment Center, a Mental Health Specialist at McLean Hospital’s Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder Center, and an ABA therapist with children who have Autism Spectrum Disorder. Together they talk about the challenges, barriers, and myths around psychiatric wards, getting… 

Mental Health and Exercise/Nutrition w/ Special Guest Chris Heskett

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Personal trainer, nutrition coach, and friend Chris Heskett dives deep into the science around nutrition and its effects on mental health. We talk about some of the misconceptions around exercise and the fitness industry and simple tools to help boost the benefits of exercising and eating healthy. Listen now Resources: Chris Heskett – @peakwellnesscoaching – chris@protect-and-provide.com – https://linktr.ee/chrisheskett18  Breath by James Nestor Comfort Crisis by… 

What Is Alcoholics Anonymous?

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Adam and Michael give Samantha a rundown of what Alcoholics Anonymous is and answer her questions about the program, its pros and cons, and what it’s like to be a sponsor. Listen Now

Social Anxiety, Social Media, Culture, and the Pandemic

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Adam and Samantha talk about their personal struggles with social anxiety in various contexts and how the pandemic, social media, and culture play roles in heightening those anxieties. Listen on Spotify Listen on Apple Podcasts

How to Find a Good Therapist for Mental Health and/or Addiction

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Adam, Michael, and Samantha discuss what to look for in a good therapist, keeping in mind the barriers many face when trying to access quality health care. They’ll walk through fears and anxieties around therapy and offer perspectives to help listeners overcome them. Listen here

How Treatment Centers Fail Patients

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In this week’s episode of The Addiction and Mental Health Podcast, we discuss the various ways that treatment centers are failing alcoholics/addicts and what they can do better. Listen here.

Introducing the Addiction and Mental Health Podcast

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Exciting news today! Together with Michael Palma and Samantha Mineroff, I started the Addiction and Mental Health podcast. We talk about the issues surrounding addiction and mental health, starting with our first episode — the language around mental health. Check it out! Apple Podcasts Spotify Anchor

PTSD — Everything There Is to Know About Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

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Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a debilitating mental health condition. It is caused by experiencing or witnessing a traumatic event, such as an accident, natural disaster, or sexual violence. Also known as ‘shell shock’ or ‘battle fatigue’ syndrome, PTSD affects nearly 15% of Vietnam War veterans and 12% of Gulf War Veterans. Frequent exposure to combat and violence makes PTSD common among war veterans. However,…