In Part one of this interview James Ott explores addiction in the LDS community. This topic is often ignored but James suggests the urgent importance of this discussion. He addresses the history of the Word of Wisdom in Mormonism and how it has impacted LDS culture. He defines addiction and talks about how we can establish healthy boundaries with the addicts in our lives.
In Part two of this interview James Ott talks about different types of addiction within the context of Mormonism. He discusses the biology of addiction and the different issues that loved ones and addicts face together. He talks about healthy approaches to addiction and also the spiritual aspects of recovery. In this episode he also addresses the role the church plays in the addict’s life and makes suggestions for improvements.
James is the founder, director, and a therapist at Red Willow Counseling & Recovery, an outpatient psychotherapy practice helping individuals and families with mental health and addiction issues. He spent 10 years working in a psychiatric hospital with both mentally ill and substance abusing patients. He has worked as a clinical director for a start-up residential treatment center, and he works with other treatment centers in preparing them for Joint Commission accreditation.
James works with families impacted by addiction as a Certified ARISE Interventionist and is a member of the core ARISE intervention team. He is also an ARISE Intervention Trainer and Supervisor. James is the board chair for a private non-profit that provides treatment scholarships for people with addiction, and is also the clinical director of the JMCR, an outpatient treatment center. James received his Master of Social Work degree from New Mexico State University in 1997, and has been working as an Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Utah since 2000.
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