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Trauma, Shame, and Addiction: How Did We Get Here… and How Do We Change?

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As the opioid epidemic continues to unfold on the American landscape, our society is experiencing the loss of the flower of a generation. Studies reveal that alcohol use remains an even larger and growing public health problem than opioids. Marijuana use has become so casual as to usher itself into mainstream America, an innocuous choice for some perhaps, but for many others (including the youngest amongst us) its effects are devastating. Addiction is now a public health concern of epic proportions.

What about the undercurrents to addiction, the things that frequently start and fuel addiction? What about the under-treated public health menace that directly impacts and precedes addiction, and negatively affects the health and longevity of individuals and families? This silent menace is trauma, especially trauma from childhood. Learn to recognize that untreated trauma leads to the failure of so many individuals who find themselves chronically relapsing into the spiral of opioid addiction, alcoholism, gambling, and sex addiction.

As a result of this presentation, attendees will be able to:

  • Explain the impact of developmental trauma on addiction and treatment methods
  • Define the adverse childhood experience screening tool and explain how it may be implemented into therapeutic practice
  • Identify factors that contribute to substance use disorder, overdose, and suicidality
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