Nicholas Kardaras
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Nicholas Kardaras

Dr. Nicholas Kardaras is an internationally renowned speaker, one of the country’s foremost addiction experts, and CEO and Chief Clinical Officer of Maui Recovery in Hawaii and Omega Recovery in Austin, TX. A former Clinical Professor at Stony Brook Medicine, he has also taught neuropsychology at the doctoral-level, and is the author of "Glow Kids" (St. Martin's Press, 2016) and "How Plato and Pythagoras Can Save Your Life" (Conari, 2011). He has written for TIME Magazine, Scientific American, Psychology Today, the New York Post, Salon and FOX News, and has appeared on Good Morning America, ABC's 20/20, the CBS Evening News, FOX & Friends, NPR, Good Day New York and in Esquire, New York Magazine and Vanity Fair. Considered a leading expert on kids and digital addiction, he's clinically worked with over 1,000 teens during the last 15 years and has been active in advocating that screen addiction be recognized as a clinical disorder akin to substance addiction No Luddite, Dr. Kardaras is a life-long Trekkie who loves his tech; but he has come to understand that screens can be very clinically and neurologically problematic when used age-inappropriately. He wrote "Glow Kids" in an effort to raise awareness about the potential dangers of this growing screen epidemic and to give parents, educators and the general population a resource that compiles all of the latest peer-reviewed clinical and brain-imaging research regarding tech addiction. Dr. Kardaras has also, admittedly, lived a colorful life: he’s a former AAU National Karate champion, a recovering NYC nightclub owner and a coma survivor. Having once owned celebrity-studded NY nightclubs where he had mingled with the likes of JFK, Jr., Uma Thurman and Tom Cruise, Kardaras emerged from that glamorous-yet-self-destructive world to discover the powerful and transformative teachings of ancient philosophy. He’s a lifelong seeker who has explored many of the world’s wisdom traditions in an effort to become “awakened” and devotes much of his professional time towards helping others who are struggling with addiction or who are in psychospiritual crisis to become “awakened” as well. He lives with his wife and twin sons between Maui, Austin and Sag Harbor NY and is a frequent presenter and lecturer on the subjects of philosophy, mental health, and both substance and screen addictions.
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