Anatomy of Addiction Episode 1: Brain Science (101)


The podcast team (from left) Jenny Selent, Marilyn Spiller, and Rae Green in their free time.


We are inundated with information about the rise in alcohol sales during the pandemic. The opioid epidemic and drug overdose deaths are headline news. Likewise, there is breaking news daily about the co-occurrence of substance use disorders and anxiety.


Brain Science 101

But what exactly is addiction? How do you know if you are at risk? Why do people in active addiction stockpile/hide their substance of use in wacky places like winter boots and frozen turkey carcasses? And how does therapy break through the resistance? We answer these questions and more on our first podcast episode, Brain Science of Addiction (101). 


Who are we? The Anatomy of Addiction Team

Host: Marilyn Spiller, Sanford Director of Marketing, Editor in Chief Excursions

Special Guest: Rae Green, JD, LPC, CAADC, Sanford Founder and President

Special Guest: Jenny Selent, LMFT, Sanford Chief Clinical Officer


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Sanford Behavioral Health is a residential and outpatient facility located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Sanford offers excellence in evidence-based practice models in a home-like, restorative setting. Our clinicians, supported by our medical team, focus on resolving the underlying issues that often cause substance use, such as trauma, unhealthy relationships, co-occurring disorders and isolation. Programs include both in-person and telehealth: residential, day programs, intensive outpatient, outpatient, medication-assisted treatment (MAT), education and relapse prevention classes, one-on-one and family therapy, and alumni and family support groups. At Sanford, we want to inspire you to find your inner grit, rekindle your interests and engage your passion.