Ted Perkins, aka the “Tips & Tools Guy” is a SMART facilitator and producer of our popular SMART Recovery video series including Tips & Tools for Recovery That Works, Life Beyond Addiction, Facilitator Spotlights, and more. A natural skeptic and avid humanist, he has always been open to ways to better himself, especially in his recovery. One way in which he’s done this is looking into the possible therapeutic value of psychedelic drugs. In this podcast he openly shares some of his experiences with people so they can understand the powerful impact they made in his life.
In this podcast, Ted talks about:
- How alcohol was normalized growing up in other countries
- His path from college to the entertainment industry being full of parties and substances
- Realizing he was living a suboptimal life because of alcohol
- Finding SMART and becoming a facilitator
- Trying LSD in the 1980’s and integrating the experience into his ongoing relationships
- Trying to be the best Ted he can be
- Learning about the popularity of psychedelics to aid in recovery
- His experience at a psychedelic summer camp in Costa Rica
- Being treated with Ketamine by his therapist
- The connection between his psychedelic experience and using SMART
- Getting what you need, not what you want
- Having a deeper emotional connection to the people in his life
- NIH – Psychedelics as Medicines for Substance Abuse Rehabilitation Study
- Find Ted’s Wednesday SMART meeting
- Cost Benefit Analysis Tool
- Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT)
- SMART and Medically Assisted Treatment (MAT)
- Michael Pollan – How to Change Your Mind
- Michael Pollan – Omnivore’s Dilemma
Click here to find all of SMART Recovery’s podcasts
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I don’t understand why this topic is relevant or useful to recovery. When our support meetings use abstinence as the basis for discussion, this “psychedelic summer camp” podcast seems like a poorly considered counterpoint, especially considering that we are trying to make services available to young people.
Thanks for your comment! Psychedelics are proving to be incredibly relevant and useful in recovery. That is why we did the podcast. Please conduct a google search on the topic with keywords psychedelics+addiction+treatment and you will see major news outlets report on this topic, as well as respected addiction treatment journals. Discussing psychedelics is not an invitation to take them, and we were clear at the beginning of the podcast that we don’t condone non-therapeutic use or illicit acquisition. Your meeting participants are abstinent from their ADDICTIVE drug of choice. Psychedelics are scientifically proven NOT to be addictive. We are discussing them as therapeutic, not recreational. We face this same false equivalency with MAT. Some people consider therapeutic drugs like methadone on par with recreational drugs like heroin. Methadone saves lives. LSD might too. I think it’s worth talking about and studying further. Ask your young participants what they think. Remember, SMART is all about multiple pathways to recovery. Whatever works. And these drugs work for a lot of people in recovery.