Nurturing Resilience: Breaking Free from Victim Mentality with Dr. Geri-Lynn Utter, PsyD

    Nov 15, 2023

    It's okay to not feel okay.

    On today's episode, we welcome back Dr. Geri-Lynn Utter, a Clinical Psychologist and the author of Mainlining Philly: Survival, Hope and Resisting Drug Addiction, as well as her new book, Aftershock: How Past Events Shake Up Your Life Today.  Dr. Utter specializes in individuals struggling with substance use disorders and other psychiatric illnesses.  Her experiences, dating back to her own childhood, provide unique insight into the nature of addiction, and have given her the tools to offer solutions to those addicted, as well as those who love them.

    Dr. Utter also recently produced a documentary titled Utter Nonsense, which focuses on the Kensington section of Philadelphia where Dr. Utter was raised.

    Join us as we discuss: 

    • The importance of acknowledging and seeking help for mental health issues, even in response to normal life challenges
    • Addiction: genetics vs. environment
    • Utilizing anger as motivation to rise up
    • The evolution of the drug market and the need for accurate education its dangers
    • The psychology of addiction

    Learn more about Dr. Utter here: 



    Views expressed in this material are opinions of the host and the guest, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Rigaku Analytical Devices.

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    Michael W. Brown is the global director of counter-narcotics technology at Rigaku Analytical Devices. He has a distinguished career spanning more than 32 years as a Special Agent for the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Most recently he was the DEA Headquarters staff coordinator for the Office of Foreign Operations for the Middle East-Europe-Afghanistan-India. Prior to that he served as the country attaché in India and Myanmar providing foreign advisory support for counter narcotic enforcement. He also spent 10 years in Pakistan as a special advisor to the US Embassy on various law enforcement issues. Michael is a graduate of the United States Ranger Training Battalion and has a master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Technology and Management from the University of Eastern Michigan.

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