TOPIC: “CHRONIC RELAPSE: ADDICTION AS AN ATTACHMENT DISORDER”
PRESENTER: DR. MARK SCHWARTZ
TIME: 9:00 – 11:00 A.M.
COST: FREE | 2.0 CEs provided with the completion of the online evaluation form. Link to the evaluation form will be found below the online video. This workshop provides 2.0 CEs. Application made to CEPA for specified hours of Continuing Education Credit for MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, and LCSWs as is required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.
Join Dr. Mark Schwartz as he shares his years of experience treating addictive disorders, including his years of training and study that illuminates the correlation between addiction and childhood attachment disturbances. “What we’ve been doing, hasn’t been sufficient,” says Dr. Schwartz. Relapse for both “process addictions” as well as substance abuse clients is likely until the individual develops the capacity to connect to themselves and others. Addiction sufferers need to develop the capacity to establish intimate relationships, otherwise, they remain vulnerable to relapse.
There are three components to understanding relapse:
Attachment and capacity for intimacy;
For example, many individuals meet their need for affection and appreciation by taking care of others. They are obsessed with what others think of them and are highly reactive to perceived rejection. Craving approval is a set-up for looking for proof that everyone will hurt and abandon them in the end, and they are easily hurt by major disagreements and perceived injustices.
With a history of disorganized attachment, many chronic relapsers are dissociative, with some parts of self being serious about recovery while other parts remain locked in survival strategies from the past, using addictive behavior to numb, avoid, escape, and remain disconnected. Recovery therefore is tied to waking up the injured parts and facilitating internal integration and metacognition.
Establishing an internal working model, a cohesive, coherent sense of self, and one’s own values forms a secure base and object constancy, both of which are critical for ‘earned” secure attachment. Establishing an internal working model, object consistency, and a secure base are critical when facilitating a recovery process with chronic relapsers. This webinar will review modalities that allow for structural changes critical for sobriety.
- To develop a theoretical framework for understanding chronic relapse
- To provide training in interventions for accessing addictive parts
- To describe cognitive affective interventions for facilitating integration of injured parts.
- What are examples of values that are critical for self-development?
- How is disorganized attachment manifested in relapse?
- How are early and late recoveries different in addiction treatment intervention?
Webinar Powerpoint included with registration.