Heroin is my mother, alcohol my father
Addiction as complex trauma and attachment disorder.
There is increasing evidence adverse childhood experiences such as child abuse, neglect, relational trauma, and early childhood stress significantly increases vulnerability and elevated risk of developing addictions.
To manage the impact of abuse many survivors resort to substance misuse, disordered eating, gambling, workaholism, sex, exercise, or unhealthy relationships to self medicate and to regulate their emotions and mood.
Topics covered will be;
- the link between adverse childhood experiences and addiction
- emotional dysregulation and the nervous system
- addiction as self-medication to regulate emotions and mood states
- principles of informed trauma practice
- re-regulation of the nervous system through stabilisation and grounding techniques
- developing affect regulation and an increased window of tolerance
- reducing the barriers to disclosure
- offering a supportive therapeutic relationship to survivors who have a history of addiction
Facilitated by Christiane Sanderson.