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Discussing the neuroscience behind addiction, how addiction affects the brain, and how mindfulness and meditation can counteract those effects, Michael interviews Dr. Gus Castellanos, a retired Neurologist and is currently a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction facilitator and meditation teacher, trained by the University of Massachusetts’ Center for Mindfulness.

Gus graduated from the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine in 1980 and practiced neurology and sleep medicine at Jupiter Medical Center for 25 years. He has been practicing mindfulness since 1998 and has been teaching and researching mindfulness-based programs since 2009. As a current adjunct professor at Nova Southeastern University, Gus designed a 6-week mindfulness program called Stress Reduction through Attention Training (SRAT) for students, faculty, and staff at the university in response to the 2020 pandemic. Dr. Castellanos describes mindfulness in his own words, shares his story after being in recovery from substance use disorder for 18 years and how it inspired his research behind mindfulness, and the benefits of these practices and how they can help curb addiction cravings.

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About the Author

Michael Walsh

Michael Walsh currently serves as Director of Clinical Outreach for Landmark Recovery. Michael is a Certified Intervention Professional, holds a Master’s degree in counseling and works as a consultant and coach. With more than 25 years of experience in the behavioral health field, Michael has worked extensively with individuals and families and licensed professionals affected by complex issues. He is a current board member of the C4 Recovery Foundation and the past president and CEO of the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers. Michael has been an advocate for patient and families’ rights, has developed recovery programs at various levels of care, and influenced policy at national and international levels. He also is a sought-after speaker regarding behavioral health issues, treatment and recovery issues, and he advocates for change in the current systems of behavioral health, addiction, and mental health for individuals and families.

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