Peter Grayson is Executive Director of BIGVISION NYC, a community that supports young adults in their recovery with free events online and throughout New York City. I invited him on the pod to get into the nitty-gritty of some questions relating to addiction, recovery, and being Sober Curious that come up consistently—and which I don’t always feel qualified to answer myself.
Pete has also been a pioneering voice in the field of holistic recovery, and has over 10 years experience working in out-patient rehab centers and one-to-one with individuals navigating their recovery. In this episode we discuss:
-The difference between addiction, dependency, and substance abuse.
-Why the most important thing is to consider the “why” beneath the “what” – the reasons somebody is using a substance the way they do.
-What predisposes a person to problematic substance use.
-Why the future of addressing addiction lies in prevention and early intervention.
-The role of stigma in how we talk about and treat addiction.
-Why simply asking yourself: “Is something off in my life?” is the first step to identifying if your drinking has become a problem.
-How to talk to loved ones about their substance use.
-The role of substance abuse in relationships.
-Why 12-step programs work for some people and not for others.
-The cornerstone of a sustainable shift in all maladaptive behaviors.