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August 5, 2019 12:00 am

The United States is in the midst of a substance abuse epidemic, with some 72,000 individuals who have died within the last 12 months from opioid abuse. It has been estimated by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration that 119 million people in the U.S. use some form of psychotropic drugs (44% of the population). Often, the abuse of substances is complicated by the co-occurrence of psychiatric disorders such as Complex PTSD, Anxiety, and Depressive Disorders with accompanying suicidality and interpersonal violence. Of those who receive treatment, some 75% will relapse.

This workshop will consider ways to achieve “lasting changes” in treatment through various approaches including the implementation of evidence-based, phase-oriented integrative core tasks of psychotherapy. A Case Conceptualization Model of risk and protective factors that informs both assessment and treatment decision-making will be presented. The integration of spiritually oriented interventions such as 12-step programs, and active follow through family-based and community-based procedures will be highlighted, as well as ways in which patients can employ self-empowering resilience-engendering interventions.

A comprehensive TO DO LIST will be provided, so attendees can take home interventions that they can use immediately, both professionally and personally.