Free NAADAC Webinar

October 23, 2014
Watch: On-Demand Recording
Download: PowerPoint Slides
CE Credit: Online CE Quiz
Answers: Live Event Q & A

This free webinar will explore the inter-relationship of childhood attachment deficits and adult substance abuse and behavioral health disorders. Attachment disorders can profoundly affect the undeveloped limbic system of the brain, thus altering normal development and paving the way for later addictive disorders. The neglect and abuse associated with attachment disorders also "hard-wire" the developing brain for later sensitivity to trauma and development of personality disorders. The usefulness of basic screening instruments, such as the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) survey in diagnosis and treatment will be explored, in addition to the role of several hormones and neurotransmitters in attachment and trauma, and how they factor into the propensity for persons with addiction to form "treatment romances" in early recovery. The efficacy of the 12-Step Recovery Model, Women for Sobriety and other successful modalities will be examined through the lens of attachment and personality development. We will also explore how relapse triggers can be de-fused using these concepts.

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to:

  • identify 3 aspects of attachment deficits likely to manifest as substance use disorders in adulthood 
  • explain how successful SUD treatment modalities effectively remediate dysfunctional attachment by offering corrective developmental experiences
  • be able to apply these ideas as desired, using handout materials provided

Education is FREE to all professionals

Earn 1.5 Continuing Education Hours (CEs)

To earn a CE Certificate for viewing this webinar, please click here to complete the online evaluation and CE quiz and get your CE Certificate. NAADAC Members will be prompted to register for the CE quiz for free, while non-members will be prompted to pay a $20 processing fee to access the quiz. Upon passing the CE quiz, a CE Certificate will be immediately available to download in your profile. Click here for detailed step-by-step instructions for accessing your CE quiz and CE Certificate.

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Michael Bricker, MS, CADC-II, LPC, is the Behavioral Health Clinician for the Drug Court Program of Lutheran Community Services in Klamath Falls, OR. He specializes in providing trauma-informed care to participants in treatment for methamphetamine and other drugs of abuse. Michael is also a consultant on "dual recovery" from substance use and mental health disorders through the STEMSS Institute and specializes in blending research-based treatment with other Wisdom Traditions. He has been a clinician, consultant, and teacher for over 35 years. Michael is a seasoned trainer who presents regularly at national conferences and is a member of the NAADAC Speakers' Bureau.

Who Should Attend

Addiction professionals, employee assistance professionals, social workers, mental health counselors, professional counselors, psychologists and other helping professionals that are interested in learning about addiction-related matters.

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