ADHD, Prisons & The Opiate Epidemic
Beth Battinelli Ph.D. reports on her exciting prisoner experiences with prison inmates who have no idea of their brain reality, especially regarding the underlying executive function challenges that led them to poor judgment, impulsivity and breaking the rules. In this CBJ/212 Episode, she talks about a program she developed: The ADHD Project.
Her mission for the ADHD Project is to increase ADHD awareness, understanding and recovery for inmates in corrections. It’s an educational program that starts with primary brain science education for incarcerated individuals, and by using existing online resources, and it’s a cost-effective program to continue upon the individual’s release – for example, CoreBrain Journal’s Neuroscience Clubs.
She also wants to either start or join inevitable conversations about paradoxical reactions to pharmaceuticals for those incarcerated. The current news about the opioid crisis directly connects to both of these topics. Forewarned and educated is likely to reduce recidivism in this vulnerable, underserved population.
Well done, Beth – certainly a worthy project for undeniable difficulties.
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213 Dr. Deanna Minich is a health educator and author with more than twenty years of experience in nutrition, mind-body health, and functional medicine. Dr. Minich holds Master’s and Doctorate degrees in nutrition and has lectured extensively throughout the world on health topics, teaching patients and health professionals.
She is a Fellow of the American College of Nutrition, a Certified Nutrition Specialist, and a Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner. Currently, Dr. Minich teaches for the Institute for Functional Medicine and for the graduate program in functional medicine at the University of Western States.
Her passion is the development of a colorful whole-self approach to nourishment called Whole Detox, and bridging the gaps between science, soul, and art in medicine. Her most recent book is called The Rainbow Diet: A Holistic Approach to Radiant Health Through Foods and Supplements.