Welcome to the Wired BioHealth Podcast! In this episode, host Dr. Evelyn Higgins and co-host Jacqueline Hall have a thought-provoking conversation with special guest Mike Hooper, an army veteran with a powerful journey of recovery. Mike's unique perspective as a person in long-term recovery, certified alcohol and drug counselor, and peer support specialist sheds light on the importance of evidence-based recovery programs.
Mike shares his personal journey, which started with addiction at a young age, leading to a turbulent 20-year battle. He highlights how his military career was hindered by addiction, and his post-military life was plagued with uncertainty. Mike's turning point came six and a half years ago when he sought help from the Veteran Crisis Center, leading him to the SMART Recovery program. What sets SMART Recovery apart is its evidence-based approach, allowing individuals to choose their recovery path based on scientific principles, rather than moralistic or faith-based approaches. This change in perspective illuminated unresolved trauma, shedding light on the root causes of addiction.
Mike's journey led him to a profound understanding of the importance of evidence-based recovery models, the role of scientific principles in understanding addiction, and the need for medical communities and the media to focus on solutions rather than sensationalizing the problem. Join us in this enlightening conversation as we explore the transformation of addiction recovery with science, data, and hope. If you or a loved one could benefit from precision-based recovery, visit WiredBioHealth.com or contact us at support@WiredBioHealth.com. Don't forget to subscribe and like our YouTube channel to stay updated on future episodes. Thanks for tuning in, and we'll see you next week!