Outgrowing Addiction – LPP PODCAST Episode 28

Stanton Peele By: Dr. Stanton Peele

Posted on August 16th, 2020 - Last updated: September 28th, 2023
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Welcome to Episode 28!

Today’s guest is Mindy Vincent.

Mindy is an addiction therapist and social worker; she is the host of the podcast “Therapeutic Madness“; and she is the founder of Utah Harm Reduction Coalition.

Mindy spoke with host Zach Rhoads about her history with drug addiction, and how she became a harm reduction practitioner and advocate.

Sadly, Mindy’s sister died of a drug overdose in 2014. As if that weren’t enough, her brother was also using drugs destructively at the time.

At that time, Mindy had already overcome her own addiction, and she believed that traditional treatment models were the recovery gold-standard. But she noticed that her brother wasn’t responsive to such ideas. So she temporarily abandoned her training in 12-steps and recovery programs, and did what was commonsensical– she showed her brother unconditional love and always kept an open line of communication with him.

She didn’t know it at the time, but she was practicing harm reduction (something that she learned about and became immersed in later on).

Happily, both Mindy and her brother are living their best non-addicted lives and Mindy has established herself as an entrepreneur, a professional, and a highly regarded leader in the harm reduction field.

Please let us know what you think in the comments below.

Stanton Peele

Dr. Stanton Peele, recognized as one of the world's leading addiction experts, developed the Life Process Program after decades of research, writing, and treatment about and for people with addictions. Dr. Peele is the author of 14 books. His work has been published in leading professional journals and popular publications around the globe.


  • robert a greene says:

    Unconditional love and unconditional support is the strongest way of extinguishing the terrible control that addiction can hold over some one , as a recovering addict myself i can say i never would have made it without the love and support of those around me now , much Love and respect goes out to Mindy for her love and support to those on the journey.

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