Addiction & Substance Use

Podcast Episodes

#83 Binge eating disorders with Prof Philippa Hay, psychiatrist

Apple Podcasts | SpotifyShow Notes

#27 Opioid use disorder & medication assisted treatment with Dr Paul Grinzi, GP

Apple Podcasts | SpotifyShow Notes

#12 Smoking cessation with A/Prof Renee Bittoun

Apple Podcasts | SpotifyShow Notes

Online Resources

The Power of Words: Practical guide and desktop flip-book designed to support healthcare (and other) professionals working with people who use drugs & alcohol to reduce stigma and improve health outcomes. Resources for prescribing drugs of dependence in General Practice

National Eating Disorders Collaboration: Information, resources & professional development

Methamphetamine Treatment Guidelines (pdf)

Alcohol and Drug Withdrawal Guidelines (pdf)

RACGP Addiction Medicine Resources: Journals, online modules & more

Ted Talk by Dr Gabor Maté: The Power of Addiction and the Addiction of Power (patients): Australia’s leading online mental health organisation for young people and their parents


In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction, Dr Gabor Maté

This title explores addiction as a symptom of distress, from the pain of individual trauma and family history to the spiritual emptiness pervading our entire society. Dr. Maté weaves brain science, case studies, personal testimony, and social critique into a powerful and kaleidoscopic look at one of our culture’s most perplexing epidemics. In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts is a best-selling book that won the 2010 Hubert Evans Award for Best BC Non-Fiction Book.

Addiction Medicine, 2nd Edition, John B Saunders et al.

Substance use and related addictive disorders rate amongst the top four risk factors contributing to the global burden of disease and form an increasingly important part of medical and healthcare practice. Substance use disorders can cause, mimic, underlie or complicate a large number of common medical and psychiatric disorders. Making a correct diagnosis of the substance use disorder can facilitate clinical diagnosis, avoid unnecessary tests, shorten the hospital stay and make the clinician’s and patient’s life easier and safer.

Online Courses


Subscription required. Take back your health. Quit smoking in 21 days. Evidence-based program developed at Yale University.


2Morrow Health: App Store | Google Play

Free. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) based program for weight loss, smoking cessation, stress, chronic pain & more

MyQuitBuddy: App Store | Google Play

Free. My QuitBuddy helps you get, and stay, smoke free. It’s with you through the hardest times with helpful tips and distractions to overcome cravings; tracking systems to chart your progress and all the facts you need to understand the impact smoking has on your health.

Quit Genius: App Store | Google Play | Website

Free; in-app purchases. Uses CBT to help patients stop smoking. It works by changing the way one thinks about smoking. The whole process is game-ified.

SoberTool: App Store | Google Play

Free. Developed by a Harvard educated Licensed Chemical Dependency and Certified Alcoholism Counselor with over 27 years clean and sober and a team from The Ohio State University, this app is based on proven techniques to help you stay clean and sober. It doesn’t matter whether it’s alcohol, food, sex, cocaine, marijuana, gambling, spending, heroin, the internet, or anything else, SoberTool gives you free, immediate help. It actually trains coping skills.

Daybreak: App Store | Google Play

Free; in-app purchases. The Daybreak program helps you change your relationship with alcohol, whether you want to cut back on drinking or quit completely. Changing your alcohol habits is not an easy thing to do, especially on your own. Daybreak is a supportive & non-judgemental community of people all helping each other achieve their alcohol change goals.

rTribe: App Store | Google Play | Website

Free. Developed by former addicts, patients can create an anonymous profile, connect with others via individual or group messaging, track their recovery, share their progress and reach out when feeling triggered. The app also tracks the number of days in sobriety and patient’s check-ins.

Joint Effort: App Store | Google Play | Website

Free. An app to assist with the cessation of cannabis use.

Other Podcasts

The Tim Ferriss Show #298 with Dr. Gabor Maté: Apple Podcasts

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