The Right Mind Media Podcast


A weekly podcast focused on addiction, recovery, and mental health.  We've interviewed hundreds of specialists and people in recovery from across the country to create over 100 episodes of award-winning, accessible content.

The Right Mind Media Radio Show


Broadcasting a new show each week on WUMB 91.9 (UMASS Boston) every Sunday morning at 7:00am.

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Books, resources and organizations focused on addition and mental health that we lean on when we want to learn more.

our mission

With nearly 1 in 10 Americans suffering from substance or alcohol use disorders and 1 in 5 adults affected by mental illness, practically everyone knows someone who needs help.  People are looking for good and easily accessible information on addiction, recovery, and mental health issues. That's where we come in.

We're breaking though the noise to bring you the addiction, recovery, and mental health information that matters. 

We've seen people get better.  We know that science and evidence-based treatment works. We also know that finding good information isn't always accessible and readily available to those in need. We want to change that.

Who we are

Jon Cohan, CADC


Jon has over ten years of experience in the treatment of substance use and mental health disorders. He provides substance use treatment, family addiction therapy, and treatment consultation at his private practice in Concord, MA.  Jon is also a recovering professional musician, producer, and drum tech with over 150 recording credits to his name. He has published three books and many magazine articles about drumming.


Gabrielle "Abby" Dean, LICSW, MPH


Abby has 25 + years experience as a Clinical Director at addiction centers across Massachusetts.  She has designed and run many addiction recovery programs, including a residential program for opiate-addicted women and their children and a women’s program in Dorchester, MA.   

Gabrielle currently practices in Brookline, MA.

Jill Ruby, BA, MA


Jill has developed and produced television and radio for Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, PBS, A&E, Discovery Channel, History Channel, Court TV, OLN, HGTV, Discovery Health Channel, WTKK Boston, WRKO Boston, and WUMB (UMass) Boston. She holds a Master's Degree in Broadcast Journalism from the Newhouse School at Syracuse University.


NEW show: "finding purpose through tragedy"

In 2011 Cheryl Juaire lost her son, Corey, to an overdose.  Four years later she started Team Sharing, a support group where parents meet and support one another that has grown from a small group in MA to several hundred families across the country.  Cheryl joins us to share her story.

recent podcasts


Ep. 146: Weed, Inc.

Ben Cort, author of "Weed, Inc.: The Truth About the Pot Lobby, THC, and the Commercial Marijuana Industry", joins us to talk about the state of the marijuana industry today.

Ep. 142: Maybe You Should Talk to Someone

Sometimes therapists need a therapist. Psychotherapist Lori Gottlieb joins us to talk about her new book "Maybe You Should Talk to Someone", and her own experiences 'on the couch'.

Ep. 134: Dopesick

Beth Macy joins us to talk about her best-selling book “Dopesick", which takes us into the epicenter of a national drama that has unfolded over two decades. 

Ep. 144: Teen Gender and Sexual Identity

Clinical Social Worker and therapist Rebecca Minor joins us to talk about teen gender, sexual identity, and transitioning.

Ep. 136: Personal Recovery Story #7

Personal stories of addiction and recovery touch us the most and have the greatest potential to heal and educate.  Lynn B. joins us to share her recovery journey in the sixth installment of our series "Recovery Stories."

Ep. 125: The Complete Family Guide to Addiction

Tom Harrison, author of "The Complete Family Guide to Addiction", shares his practical and authoritative guide for families and friends looking to better understand addiction and how to get help for themselves and their loved on

Ep. 129: The Art and Science of Meditation

Dr. Sara Lazar is the head of the Lazar Lab at Harvard University where she studies the effect yoga and meditation has on how we think and act.  Dr. Lazar joins us to explain how meditation and yoga impacts - and benefits - the brain.

Ep. 128: Suffolk County District Attorney Rachel Rollins

District Attorney Rachael Rollins joins us to talk about her controversial plans to implement criminal justice reform by reducing arrest and incarceration of, among others, low-level drug offenders and people suffering from mental health issues, with the intended goad of getting them help.  She also intends to correct racial and ethnic disparities in the criminal justice system and find alternatives to traditional prosecution.

Ep. 104: Modern Parenting and Addiction in the Family

This week on the Right Mind Media Podcast our guest, Family Addiction Specialist Diana Clark, talks about how the shift in parenting methods has affected how families approach the addiction of their children and what  families can do to get their loved ones help.

Ep. 141: GUTS

Raina Telgemeier is the author and illustrator of several beloved children's graphic novels including Smile, Drama, Sisters, and Ghosts.  Her latest book, GUTS, is a personal graphic memoir about her struggles as a child with fear and anxiety.  Raina joins us to talk about growing up with anxiety and why she encourages children today to talk about their fears.

Ep. 69: Sam Quinones "Dreamland"

The unfettered prescribing of pain medications meets the massive influx of black tar heroin in this true, riveting tale of capitalism run amok.  Author and journalist Sam Quinones explains how this unintentional collision led to the catastrophic opiate crisis in this country in his book "Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic".

Ep. 59: Matthew Quick "Every Exquisite Thing"

Matthew Quick, author of SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK, joins us to talk about his latest book EVERY EXQUISITE THING.  In this candid interview, Quick shares his experience of "white knuckling it" though his own teen and early adulthood years, and his journey to become someone who didn't need to "fake it" anymore.

A FEW of our past guests...


  • Matthew Quick, "Silver Linings Playbook" and "Every Exquisite Thing"
  • Sam Quinones, "Dreamland"
  • Michael Moss,  "Salt, Sugar, Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us"
  • Gabrielle Glaser,  "Her Best Kept Secret"
  • Dan Harris, co-anchor of "Nightline", weekend anchor of "Good Morning America", and author of "10% Happier"
  • David Sheff, "Beautiful Boy" and "Clean"
  • Allen Frances, MD, author of "Saving Normal"
  • Matt Richtel,  "A Deadly Wandering"
  • Maia Szalavitz, "Unbroken Brain"
  • D.F. Swaab "We Are Our Brains"
  • Judy Foreman, "A Nation in Pain"
  • Daniel Smith, "Monkey Mind Anxiety"
  • Domenica Ruta, "With or Without You"
  • Ann Dowsett-Johnston, "Drink"
  • Frances E. Jensen, MD, "The Teenage Brain"


  • Dr. Sharon Levy, Director of Adolescent Substance Abuse Program at Boston Children's Hospital
  • Dr. Mark Albanese, Director of Adult Outpatient and Addictions Services at Cambridge Health Alliance, Harvard Medical School’s Division on Addictions
  • Dr. Chris Gilligan, Chief of the Division of Pain Medicine in Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston
  • Dr. George Vaillant, psychiatrist and Professor at Harvard Medical School and Director of Research for the Department of Psychiatry, Brigham and Women's Hospital
  • Dr. Terry Keane, Dir. of Behavioral Science Division, US Dept. of Veterans Affairs
  • Dr. Michael Rich, Pediatrician in Adolescent Medicine at Children's Hospital Boston, and Director of the Center on Media and Child Health
  • Dr. Luana Marques, Associate Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School and the Center for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Disorders at Massachusetts General Hospital
  • ​Dr. Justin Enggasser, Section Chief for Substance Abuse Treatment Services at VA Boston Healthcare System
  • David A. Patterson, Silver Wolf, Asst. Prof. at Washington University


  • Governor Charlie Baker, Massachusetts
  • Mayor Marty Walsh, Boston
  • Massachusetts Secretary of Health and Human Services Marylou Sudders
  • Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey
  • Governor Peter Shumlin, Vermont
  • Former House Representative Patrick Kennedy
  • ​Drug Court Judge Robert Ziemian, founding member of the National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP)
  • Sergeant Detective Donna Gavin, Boston Police Human Trafficking Unit
  • Gloucester Police Chief Leonard Campanello
  • Revere Fire Chief Eugene Doherty
  • ​Margot Mahoon, Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling
  • ​Officer Nancy Leedberg, Brockton Police Department


  • Randy Grimes, center, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • Mackenzie Phillips, actor ("American Graffiti", "One Day at a Time"), author of "High on Arrival"
  • Nikki Sixx, bassist for Motely Crue  
  • Chad Smith, drummer for the Red Hot Chili Peppers  
  • David Ellefson, bassist for Megadeth
  • Kristen Johnston, author of "Guts", actor ("The Exes", "Third Rock From the Sun")
  • ​Christopher Kennedy Lawford, "What Addicts Know"


  • Michelle Lipinski, Director of the North Shore Recovery High School, Beverly, MA
  • Jumaane Kendrick, ABCD's William J. Ostiguy High School, Boston
  • Sarah Mackin, Director of Harm Reduction Services, Boston Public Health Commission
  • Lacina Onco, Native American Lifelines Boston, Shinnecock Indian Nation
  • Janelle Pocowatchit, Native American Lifelines Boston, Mik’Maw First Nations and Comanche Nation of Oklahoma
  • Berto Sanchez, Overdose Prevention Program, Boston Public Health Commission
  • Rita Nieves, Bureau Director, Addiction Prevention, Treatment and Recovery Support Services Bureau at Boston Public Health Commission

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