San Clemente, Calif. — “In Your Right Mind,” a weekly radio program that features in-depth roundtable discussions of today’s behavioral health headlines, aired an informative show, “Cravings” on Sunday, January 28 at 5 p.m. Pacific Standard Time on Talk Radio 790 AM KABC in Los Angeles. The broadcast discussed the connection between cravings, addiction and how to overcome unhealthy habits. The show was hosted by Tonmoy Sharma, M.B.B.S., M.Sc., founder and Chief Executive Officer of Sovereign Health, who provides an in-depth medical and clinical expertise, and co-host Stefanie Wilder-Taylor.
The broadcast featured panelist Thomas J. Gould, Ph.D., the Department of Biobehavioral Health in the College of Health and Human at Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Gould’s research background has focused on nicotine addiction and understanding the contribution of genetics to changes in brain and behavior after nicotine exposure. He investigates the long-term impact of developmental nicotine exposure on brain and behavior, primarily examining changes in learning-related processes and in underlying brain regions. Additionally, he seeks to understand the comorbidity between nicotine exposure and anxiety disorders.
Another, panelist was Nicole Avena, Ph.D., a Research Neuroscientist at Columbia University, and a pioneer in the field of food addiction. Her seminal research work jump-started a new field of exploration in medicine and nutrition. She is an expert in diet during pregnancy and baby, toddler and childhood nutrition and has published over 70 articles, book chapters and books on topics related to food, addiction, obesity and eating disorders.
“There are natural processes and it make sense to have the cravings but other things such as drug abuse can hijack the natural processes. It corrupts them in such a way, cravings become abnormally strong and can drive the adaptive behavior,” says Dr. Gould.
Cravings typically refer to the intense desire for people to drink or use drugs when they are suffering from an addiction. While, it can also refer to urges to eat sugar, certain foods, and play games on our cell phones, or even hit the gym.
“Some of the individuals develop an addictive response for foods which might not really affect their life but people with specific genes are at higher risk of developing eating disorder,” says Dr. Avena.
About Sovereign Health
Sovereign Health’s mission is to provide a broad spectrum of high-quality behavioral health treatment services for adults and adolescents, including support services for family members. One factor that differentiates Sovereign from other treatment providers has been the company’s ability to offer separate mental health and addiction or dual diagnosis treatment programs at its facilities. For more information, visit www.sovhealth.com.
About “In Your Right Mind”
“In Your Right Mind” is a weekly behavioral health radio show that covers various topics each week, including mental health disorders such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and addiction/dual diagnosis disorders. Dr. Tonmoy Sharma and Stefanie Wilder-Taylor are the hosts of the show. In addition, each program will feature guest speakers throughout the United States participating in a roundtable discussion about headlines in behavioral health. The mission of “In Your Right Mind” is to raise awareness about behavioral health issues that get people talking. The hour-long show airs every Sunday at 5 p.m. PST on Talk Radio 790 KABC Los Angeles. “In Your Right Mind” is produced in conjunction with Sovereign Health, a leading national provider of behavioral health treatment services. For more information, visit www.inyourrightmind.com.