Jedi Counsel Episode 110 – Discussing the Opioid Crisis with Dr. Ted Bender, CEO of Turning Point at Addiction Campuses

Note: This episode includes discussion of drug use, self-harm, and overdose deaths.


We invited Dr. Ted Bender, the CEO of Turning Point at Addiction Campuses, to talk to us about his expertise in the treatment of substance use disorders. The episode included an overview of the risk factors and consequences associated with addiction. We discussed the opioid epidemic and the types of actions necessary to fight it effectively. We also talked about topics that are regularly in the news, such as fentanyl (a pain medication with high risk for addiction), Narcan (a nasal spray that reverses opioid overdoses) and Suboxone (used for medication-assisted therapy in harm reduction treatment models). We discussed the challenges faced by people struggling with addiction and how treatment is individually-tailored for patients at Turning Point at Addiction Campuses. Dr. Bender concluded with a message of hope and encouragement to view addiction through a non-stigmatizing lens. If you like what you hear, please consider leaving a review on iTunes or telling a friend about us. Thank you so much for listening!


For more information about topics discussed in this episode:


You can follow Dr. Ted Bender on Twitter and learn more about Turning Point at Addiction Campuses here.


You can read the full obituary for Madelyn Linsenmeir here.


You can learn more about Dialectical Behavior Therapy here.

Jedi Counsel Podcast 77 – Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and Borderline Personality Disorder, Part 2

CONTENT WARNING: This episode features some discussion of self-harm and suicidal behavior.

Hi, Jedi Counsel listeners! In this episode, we continued our discussion about borderline personality disorder and the show Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. This episode focuses on a treatment for borderline personality disorder called Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). First, we talked about the founder of DBT, Marsha Linehan. Then, we provided an overview of the scientific support and framework for DBT. We also recommended checking out the Suicide Prevention Social Media Chat (#SPSM) and Learned from Gaming. Thank you for listening! Happy holidays!

Jedi Counsel Podcast 76 – Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and Borderline Personality Disorder, Part 1

CONTENT WARNING: This episode discusses suicidal behavior, including details of a suicide attempt featured on the show, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.

Hi, friends! In this episode, we talked about the depiction of borderline personality disorder in the show Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. We were impressed by the realistic ways that they portrayed the lead character’s feelings about her diagnosis and how it reflected research on diagnostic feedback and some of our clinical experiences. After discussing the show, we described the diagnostic criteria for borderline personality disorder, the prevalence rates, and some of the associated features. Tune in next week to hear about a research-based treatment for borderline personality disorder called Dialectical Behavior Therapy!