Episode 55: Dr. Rob Graessle & Dr. Bryan Borland – Battling Drug Addiction and the Opioid Epidemic

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“We really have to have a horrible relationship with ourselves if we’re going to poison ourselves every single day.”

-Dr. Bryan Borland

Dr. Rob Graessle grew up in Columbus, OH in a blue collar neighborhood called Hilltop where few people went to college. Like many blue collar neighborhoods around America, Hilltop and adjacent Franklinton have been ravished by the opioid epidemic. Rob was a first generation college student and one of the few who made it out of his neighborhood and went on to college where he eventually went to medical school, trained in emergency medicine, and returned to his hometown.

Rob worked at Grant Medical Center, Columbus’ busiest Level-1 trauma center, for the last 10 years. Just over a year ago, he began working on a project to give back to his childhood neighborhood and help with the opioid epidemic. Out of a vision he had, Basecamp Recovery Center was born. On August 3rd, 2020, Rob along with Dr. Bryan Borland, opened their doors, began seeing patients, and helping those struggling with substance use disorder.

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Suffering from Addiction? Please Utilize These Resources:
Contact or Visit Basecamp Recovery Center
815 W. Broad Street, #200
Columbus, OH 43222
(614) 717-0822

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Connect with Basecamp Recovery Center
@BasecampMed on Facebook
@BasecampMed on Instagram
@BasecampMed on Twitter

00:05:29 Welcome Rob & Bryan
00:06:48 The Opioid Crisis
00:11:32 Rob’s Story
00:15:15 Bryan’s Story
00:21:12 Drug Use in the Medical Field
00:24:59 Basecamp Recovery Center
00:28:30 Spirituality in Recovery
00:33:49 The Consequences of Marijuana Legalization
00:37:28 Genetic Predisposition to Substance Use Disorder
00:41:20 The Resources Basecamp Provides
00:44:15 Why People Use
00:47:11 Approaching the Addiction Problem
00:56:02 Why We Shouldn’t Place Blame
00:59:36 Getting the Help an Addict Needs
01:03:39 Life-Changing Books
01:06:50 Reaching Basecamp

Rob’s Life-Changing Book
The Book of Proverbs
Bryan’s Life-Changing Book
“Shifting the Monkey: The Art of Protecting Good People From Liars, Criers, and Other Slackers” by Todd Whitaker

Books Mentioned
“Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic” by Sam Quinones
“Addictive Thinking: Understanding Self-Deception” by Abraham J Twerski M.D.
“Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams” by Matthew Walker
“Ego is the Enemy” by Ryan Holiday
“Meditations” by Marcus Aurelius

Additional Resources
Grant Medical Center
Yale School of Medicine: New strategies for combating the opioid epidemic
Alcoholics Anonymous
Narcotics Anonymous
Federation of State Physician Health Programs
12-Step Recovery Program
Workaholics Anonymous
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Organization (SAMHSA)
The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM)

Words of Wisdom
“Seeing much, suffering much, and studying much, are the three pillars of learning.” -Benjamin Disraeli

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