Everything Ed Series

Understanding Addiction
To understand substance addiction as a disease that affects the brain.

Description:  This presentation explores the sources and causes of addiction, describing the various levels of severity including signs and symptoms. The progression of addiction is discussed as it concerns brain anatomy, as well as family and sociocultural influences and effects.

Dates: January 14, 2019;  March 11, 2019; May 6, 2019;  July 8, 2019; September 9, 2019; November 4, 2019

Recovery & Addictive Behaviors
:  To identify common symptoms of all addictions and addictive behaviors, and to explore and develop treatment options.

Description:  An addiction is any repetitive behavior that has negative consequences. A process addiction is any compulsive behavior other than substance abuse. It includes: gambling, nicotine, sexual addiction, eating disorders, shopping and debiting, compulsive use of computer/phone; self-harm. Recovery is learning alternative behaviors and learning to engage in relationships, facing reality instead of avoiding reality.

Dates: January 21, 2019; March 18, 2019; May 13, 2019; July 15, 2019; September 16, 2019; November 11, 2019

Addiction & The Recovery Process: Intervention & Treatment
:  To identify intervention and treatment options and determine when each is appropriate for application.

Description:  This presentation is designed to help educate and build an understanding of how to help a person struggling with addiction who may be in denial and unwilling to seek treatment, and who may not recognize the negative effects of their behavior on themselves and others. There are different types of treatment programs that promote recovery which help prevent relapse and no longer persist in unhealthy behaviors despite adverse consequences. Becoming informed about the complex process and dynamics of change and the integrated approaches to treatment can empower individuals and families to get the help needed to create healthy, productive lives that do not engage addictive behaviors.

Dates: January 28, 2019; March 25, 2019; May 20, 2019; July 22, 2019; September 23, 2019; November 18, 2019

Family Dynamics
:  To recognize the family as a system, and identify how addictions affect the interactions of the entire system.

Description:  This presentation will briefly explain family systems theory and family development as well as the effects of addiction on the family system. The presentation will also cover common family roles in addiction and how families can break the cycle of addiction.

Dates: February 4, 2019; April 1, 2019; June 3, 2019; July 29, 2019; September 30, 2019; November 25, 2019

Bearing the Burden: Co-dependency in Relationships
:  To identify characteristics of codependent behavior, and explore options for treatment.

Description:  Is this person’s problem my problem?  Co-dependency is an addiction to relationship.  Co-dependency is a learned behavior that can be passed down from one generation to another. It is an emotional and behavioral condition that affects an individual’s ability to have a healthy, mutually satisfying relationship.  Co-dependency often affects a spouse, a parent, sibling, friend, or co-worker of a person afflicted with alcohol or drug dependence, mental health issues, long term illness, and other issues.

Dates: February 11, 2019; April 8, 2019; June 10, 2019; August 5, 2019; October 7, 2019; December 2, 2019

Enabling: The Positive & Negative
:  To identify enabling behaviors and patterns.

Description:  Enabling is a term which in the context of addiction usually has a negative connotation. This session explores how codependency manifests itself through enabling and the ramifications for the family and the addict. By reviewing chemical dependency and the family’s response to addicted behaviors, enabling is explored as well as pragmatic suggestions and options.

Dates: February 18, 2019; April 15, 2019; June 17, 2019; August 12, 2019; October 14, 2019; December 9, 2019

Achieving Wellness Through Integrative Treatment
:  To identify how co-occurring addictions and mental health issues impact the brain, and explore treatment options.

Description:  Discusses the physical and mental interaction of addictions and mental health issues, laying a foundation for simultaneous treatment of both for recovering a full quality of life.  Recent brain research informs interventions and treatment, as well as Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES).   Examples from real life are used to illustrate importance of co-occurring interventions for issues such as: substance abuse and depression/anxiety; gambling and overeating; nicotine use and compulsive behavior; role of trauma and any mental health or addiction issue. This presentation also covers benefits of group therapy, which includes family and couples therapies.

Dates: February 25, 2019; April 22, 2019;  June 24, 2019; August 19, 2019; October 21, 2019; December 16, 2019

Trauma Awareness and Resiliency
:  To identify what trauma is, recognize impact trauma has on the body and mind, and explore self-care and treatment options. 

Description: This presentation works to define trauma and provide information on how trauma impacts the mind and body. The presentation will also provide awareness of the connection between trauma, substance use, and traumatic disorders.

Dates: March 4, 2019; April 29, 2019; July 1, 2019; August 26, 2019; October 28, 2019


Overall Series Goals

1.     To identify symptoms of addiction.

2.     To identify treatment options.

3.     To develop understanding of the importance of simultaneous treatment when substance abuse co-occurs with a mental health disorder or another addiction.