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Our Strange and Unhealthy Obsession with Celebrities
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In this show we talk about addiction. Now it is not to alcohol or drugs, but its our strange addiction that we as a society have formed with celebrities. We have Dr. Michael Levy with us on the show, author of Celebrity & Entertainment Obsession: Understanding Our Addiction. Together we are going to discuss our thoughts on this strange addiction.
Episode Segments:
The Staying Young Show: Celebrity Obsession
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Guest(s) Appearing on this Episode
Dr. Michael Levy
Dr. Michael S. Levy is a clinical psychologist who has worked in the behavioral health treatment field for over 20 years. During this time, he has provided clinical leadership and direction to a wide variety of programs with a commitment to ensuring that individuals served received a high quality and outstanding treatment experience. Dr. Levy has expertise in developing policies and procedures, supervising staff, implementing evidence-based practices, program evaluation, and helping programs to institute risk management and quality improvement initiatives. Presently, Dr. Levy is working for the North Shore Medical Center in Salem, Massachusetts, where he is the director of addiction services within their outpatient department of psychiatry. Dr. Levy has also maintained a private psychotherapy practice for many years. He sees adolescents and adults, and is skilled in individual, couple, and family treatment. A particular area of expertise is helping individuals who struggle with substance use disorders, as well as those who suffer from substance use and a co-occurring psychiatric illness. He writes extensively on the treatment of substance use disorders and how to help people who suffer from both substance use and mental health conditions. He also has written articles to understand how people get stuck in certain ways of being in the world, and wrote an article on his experience when he volunteered to aid the disaster victims of Hurricane Katrina. Dr. Levy has published one book entitled "Take Control of Your Drinking...and You May Not Need to Quit" through Johns Hopkins University Press. His second book is being published in August of 2015 by Rowman & Littlefield. The title of his second book is "Celebrity and Entertainment Obsession: Understanding Our Addiction". A 30% discount is available through Rowman & Littlefield by using the following code: 4F15LVCEO. Books can be purchased through or by calling 1 800 462-6420. He is a lecturer in psychiatry at the Cambridge Health Alliance and at Harvard Medical school. He gives lectures and workshops both locally and nationally, and has been interviewed numerous times on TV and radio. Dr. Levy also wrote a column for many years that appeared in four newspapers that focused on helping individuals and families who were impacted by substance use.

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