In an attempt to manage the enormous distress associated with adverse childhood experiences and traumatic stress symptoms, there is an enormous risk of developing any type of addiction or substance abuse. Trying to numb intensely emotional experiences in a world that drives and promotes addiction promotes use, which then commonly evolves into abuse and, finally, addiction. Suffering from traumatic stress interferes with recovery. Addiction treatment must address the role of the addictive behavior in “numbing” traumatic arousal/ activation, the origins of both in one’s traumatic past, and the reality that recovering from either requires recovering from both. This hands-on workshop will help participants experience sensory-based approaches, emotional regulation skill building, somatic experiencing exercises and guided meditations as a means of the liberation from addiction and trauma – and offer the hope of recovery.
- Discuss the history of addiction treatment in America.
- Describe the role of the autonomic nervous system in addiction and trauma healing.
- Explain the benefits of guided imagery exercises as supplementary treatment for addiction and trauma.