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After plenty of research on every series, I’ve found myself down a plethora of rabbit holes excavating some topics I’d unintentionally stumbled across. For me, I love that aspect of The Thread. The digging, the learning, the free education. So I thought it only fair that at the end of each series, I’ll leave you with The Probe, a space with links to things I’ve read, watched and listened to that you might find beneficial. Dig in.

 
 
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What Being Sober has Meant To Me, Brené Brown. Brené is the Queen of shame and vulnerability, delivering one of the most watched TED talks of all time and has transformed the lives of many, mine included. Brené has chalked up 23 years of sobriety from what her sponsor describes as “a Pupu platter of addictions’, not too much of any one thing, but enough of each one to be concerned. This light read lifts the lid of what addiction looks like and the joy that comes with sobriety.

Portugal’s radical drugs policy is working. Why hasn’t the world copied it?, The Guardian. This article digs into a country that has decriminalised drugs and the impact it’s had, not just on substance users but the community at large.

Recovery: Freedom From Our Addictions, Russell Brand. From a self described addict who has battled with heroin, alcohol, sex, fame, food and eBay, Russell shows how the 12 step program has transformed his life.

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Why We Need To End The War On Drugs, TED talk by Ethan Nadelmann. An impassioned drug policy reform activists, Ethan gives a powerful talk about the outdated approach to societal drug use and that prohibition and criminalisation are doing more harm than good. Watch HERE.

The Power of Addiction And The Addiction Of Power, TED Talk by Gabor Maté. A fascinating perspective around our in utero and early childhood experiences and how that shapes our neurological pathways and the reality that everything can be addictive if the hole is big enough. Watch HERE.

Everything You Think You Know About Addiction, TED talk by Johann Hari. Sharing that his earliest memories were of trying to wake an unresponsive relative and later realising addiction was part of his family, Johann set off to explore what addiction really is and how necessary love and community are to recovery. Watch HERE.

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Armchair Expert Podcast with Dax Shepard - Dax chats with expert Johann Hari, author and journalist, talks about his own personal experience with anti-depressants, trauma and familial addiction that led him to his exploration of addiction and mental health. Listen HERE.

GOOP Podcast with Rick Doblin, PhD. Having spent three decades working in human connection, Doblin is pushing forward critical research to explore the therapeutic benefits of psychedelic experiences to heal trauma. Explaining how drugs like LSD and MDMA affect your brain, it’s eye opening on how illicit substances can provide immense benefit under the guidance of professionals. Listen HERE.

The Brain Warriors Way Podcast with renowned Psychiatrist and Neuroscientist, Dr. Daniel Amen. In this episode, Dr Amen and his wife, Tana, discuss if there are health benefits to consuming 1-2 glasses of wine a week and the impact alcohol has on the body and brain. After scanning 150k brains, he’s the best in the business! Listen HERE.