Ask the Expert: What is Addiction?


Ask the Expert: Addiction & Recovery Featuring Lloyd Sederer, MD

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD, psychiatrist, public health doctor, and medical journalist, helps individuals gain an understanding of addictions, prevention and treatment options.

In this Episode of Ask the Expert

We will cover all of your questions on substance use:

– What is the opioid crisis?

– What drugs are the most addictive?

– How do people recover from addiction?

– How do I help my family member get help?

And more! 

About Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

Dr. Lloyd Sederer is an Adjunct Professor at the Columbia University School of Public Health. He served for 12 years as the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) of the NYS Office of Mental Health, the nation’s largest state mental health system, where he continues as Distinguished Psychiatrist Advisor. He has been NYC’s Mental Health Commissioner, Medical Director/EVP of McLean Hospital (a Harvard teaching hospital), and Director of the Division of Clinical Services for the American Psychiatric Association (APA).

He has led large scale, mental health disaster responses to 9/11 (Project Liberty) and Hurricane Sandy.

In 2013, Dr. Sederer was awarded the Irma Bland Award for Excellence in Teaching Residents by the APA, which in 2009 had recognized him as the Psychiatric Administrator of the Year. He also has been awarded a Scholar-in-Residence grant by the Rockefeller Foundation and an Exemplary Psychiatrist award from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). In 2019, he received the Doctor of The Year award from The National Council on Behavioral Healthcare (representing over 3,000 mental health, addiction and social service organizations serving over 10 million patients).

He has published 7 professional books and 6 books for lay audiences, as well as 500 articles in medical journals and lay media. He was for 7 years the Medical Editor for Mental Health for the Huff Post, and wrote a regular opinion column for US News & World Report. He has taught medical writing for the lay public at Columbia Medical School, Department of Psychiatry, for 18 sequential semesters.

In 2019, Dr. Sederer founded (and now directs) Columbia Psychiatry Media, which produces expert videos for Medscape; a Resident/Fellow hosted podcast; and convenes conferences germane to mental health, the addictions, and social justice. He has leadership roles in a number of .coms, including Bongo Media and Get Help.

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People relapse to drugs not because of the drugs, but because of the cues in their environment. That's a place where we can make a difference and enable people to identify their cues.