Everything Ed Series

Understanding Addiction

Goal:  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.

Recovery & Addictive Behaviors

Goal:  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.

Addiction and the Recovery Process: Intervention and Treatment

Goal:  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.

Family Dynamics

Goal:  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.

Bearing the Burden: Co-Dependency in Relationships

Goal:  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.

Helping attendee’s find answers to the following questions will be the goal of this session:

What is co-dependency?

Who does co-dependency effect?

How does being a part of a dysfunctional family lead to co-dependency?

How do co-dependent people behave?

What are the characteristics of co-dependency?

How can I identify the signs of co-dependent behaviors?  

What do I do when co-dependency hits home?

How is co-dependency treated

Enabling : The Positive and the Negative

Goal:  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.

Achieving Wellness through Integrative Treatment

Goal:  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.

Adolescence & Parenting

Goal:  To recognize symptoms of addictions in adolescents, identify parenting challenges, and explore treatment options

Description:  This presentation provides information and awareness related to adolescents who are already using substances or at risk for doing so. The presentation also equips parents by providing the information, skills, and awareness necessary to maintain a solid parenting foundation for an adolescent who is already using substances or at risk for doing so.


Overall Series Goals

  • To identify symptoms of addiction and behavioral health disorders.
  • To identify treatment options.