Being Human Podcast - Episode 51: Are We Getting Addictions Right?

podcast Jan 01, 2020

Welcome to Episode 51 of the Being Human Podcast: Are We Getting Addictions Right? 

Discussed in this episode:

  • The different types of addictions;
  • Limitations of the medical model in treating addictions;
  • Strengths and weaknesses of 12-step programs;
  • The influences of Protestant theology in addictions work and how this differs from a Catholic anthropology;
  • The importance of recognizing our core identity as a son or daughter of God;
  • Human beings as body-soul composites;

Resources mentioned or relevant:

  • "For I do not do the good I want, but I do the evil I do not want.” - St. Paul, Romans 7:19;
  • Download The Integrated App for access to audio exercises, the Catholic Mindfulness Virtual Retreat, and more; 
  • Join The Integrated Life Membership which gives you access to every course Dr. Greg has created!
  • Dr. Greg’s new model of treatment -
  • To find out how Dr. Greg’s team can help you, click here
  • To read the CatholicPsych blog, click here;
  • For resources from the CatholicPsych Institute, click here

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About Dr. Greg and the CatholicPsych Institute

Dr. Bottaro is a clinical psychologist and founder of the CatholicPsych Institute. He received his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Institute for the Psychological Sciences, a graduate school that integrates Catholic philosophy and theology with sound, empirically validated psychology.

Before his degree, Dr. Bottaro discerned a religious vocation with the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal (CFRs). He lived four years in the Bronx, serving the poor in the tradition of St. Francis of Assisi. Under the mentorship of Fr. Benedict Groeschel, this experience helped him form a spirituality based on Abandonment to Divine Providence which he now applies to psychological principles in his practice. He learned from Fr. Benedict how to discern God's voice and live a life in service to others.

Six years after leaving NYC as a friar he returned as a psychologist. The CatholicPsych Institute began there in 2012 and has since grown to 5 offices with 12 therapists serving clients around the globe.

Dr. Bottaro now lives in Connecticut with his wife Barbra and their six children. He actively avoids watching the news and spends his free time thinking up crazy new ideas on how to make the world a better place.