The MindBodyBrain Project

Back from the brink - a journey into drugs, addiction, rehab, genetics, epigenetics and Amazonian shamans

av The MindBodyBrain Project | Publicerades 2/5/2021

My guest today is a fascinating character and a real Pracademic when it comes to addiction and rehab. Jack Nagle was a teenager with a promising future in sport until recreational drug use turned into an addiction that spiralled into suicide attempts and a near-death overdose. After going through rehab, he made it his mission to start real conversations about drugs and he now runs sophisticated rehab programs for addicts, as well as a range of social media initiatives. In today’s episode, we discuss the social, emotional, genetic and epigenetic factors involved in drug use and addiction and explore  a wide-range of novel treatment modalities  - and the politics holding them back.You can find out more about Jack's work and programs at,  and as well as on instagram @realdrugtalkIn this episode we discuss a wide range of topics, such as:Start:   Jack's journey into & out of drugs6:07   The ravages of ICE / Crystal Meth12:58   From drug addict to rehab program director14:35   Is addiction a disease?19:06   Your brain on drugs22:30  The role of emotional and spiritual voids in addiction26:40   The pleasureful side of drugs and alcohol29:00   Environmental & genetic influences on risk of addiction35:30   Epigenetics & neuroplasticity44:20   The effectiveness (or lack thereof) of traditional rehab programs50:32   The potential for therapist-guided journeys with psychedellics as a treatment1:04:46   The role of the gut microbiome in treatment 1:07:46   Jack's ultimate rehab program 

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Host Paul Taylor, a Neuroscientist, Exercise Physiologist, Nutritionist and PhD student in Psychology, interviews experts from around the world on cutting edge research and practices related to improving your mind, body and brain to become your best self.