Co-Founder and Managing Partner Harry Nelson was interviewed by Ashley Loeb Blassingame, the Co-Founder and Vice President of Lionrock Recovery and the host of The Courage to Change: Recovery Podcast. Harry discusses the role that chronic pain plays in the opioid crisis and how his recent book, The United States of Opioids: A Prescription for Liberating a Nation in Pain, explores the history of the opioid crisis and recent innovations in addiction treatment.

From the podcast:

Ashley Loeb Blassingame: What was it that you related to [doctors in addiction recovery] that really changed– made a shift for “Harry”?

Harry Nelson: I felt like there was a level of honesty. I feel like there was a level of reality of just people who were really talking about what was really happening in their lives. I operate as a lawyer in an industry where so many people are just trying to impress you with how “on top of everything” they are. And you know, all of the sudden, I was working with doctors who were being so vulnerable with what was going on in their lives and I started to really see it as courageous and as something to aspire to in myself –to get out of denial. I found that to be really different from the other people that I was working with and to this day has been a model for change– the kind of change that I am trying to make personally and in my organization.

Harry Nelson will be moderating a panel on July 24th titled, America’s Opioid Crisis: Where Do We Go From Here?, on Wednesday, July 24th at 5:30 PM. The panelists include Ashley Loeb Blassingame, Matthew Stoudt, the CEO of appliedVR, and internationally recognized expert on chronic pain management, Dr. Stephen Grinstead. The panelists will provide perspectives from innovators at work on solutions to the opioid crisis and the developing technologies for pain management and addiction treatment.

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