Interpersonal attachment and drug addiction share many attributes across their behavioral and neurobiological domains. Understanding the over-lapping brain circuitry of attachment formation and addiction can lead to a better understanding of how it relates to metal illness and comorbid substance use disorders. The authors examine a theory that the recovery from addiction is a grief process, highlighting the Kubler-Ross stages of grief and Prochaska’s stages of change. Theorizing that attachment to the providers in recovery is the significant factor to success in recovery, and that using grief therapy is the key to recovery with less relapse.
This course is based on the article,On Mourning and Recovery-Integrating Stages of Grief and Change Toward a Neuroscience-Based Model of Attachment Adaptation in Addiction Treatment created by R. Andrew Chambers, M.D. et al. in 2017.
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R. Andrew Chambers, M.D.
R. Andrew Chambers, MD, is a neuroscientist, educator, and clinician in the field of addiction psychiatry. His research has investigated the brain anatomy and neural mechanisms that fundamentally link the pathologies of addiction and mental illness. This research translates into the design of a new behavioral health system called the 2 x 4 Model which aims to achieve full integration of addiction and mental health treatment services, professional training, and clinical research.
Sue C. Wallingford, M.A., L.P.C., A.T.R.
Sue Wallingford, has taught in the Graduate Transpersonal Counseling Program for more than a decade. She is the founder and director of the Boulder Art Therapy Collective (BATC), where a variety of art therapy services are offered to the community. She presents locally and nationally about the efficacy of art therapy, particularly as it relates to healing trauma and sustaining communities.
L.A. Rankin is a social worker with experience in many different settings with a variety of clients. She has worked with dementia and Alzheimers patients, dual diagnosis MH/MR, in a battered women’s shelter, and a rape crisis center. She also has 11 years of experience as a child protective social worker, where she earned certificates in domestic abuse/family violence and substance abuse.
Counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists and social workers. This course is appropriate for intermediate levels of knowledge.
After taking this course, you should be able to:
Acknowledge the underlying neurology of substance use, motivation, attachment and grief.
Identify theories of change, grief, attachment and motivation.
Extrapolate that grief is the underlying cause of failure in recovery, and that treating grief may prevent future relapse.
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