Addiction as a form of dissociation

In this lecture, trauma specialist Lou Lebentz suggests that, when working with addiction, we are actually confronted with dissociation continuously. Addiction itself is a dissociative mechanism.

Learning objectives: At the end of this presentation, delegates will be able to:

>  Give a description of, and explain to others, the links between trauma, addiction and dissociation
>  Explain how how we can help dissolve dissociative protective elements in a safe, embodied and empathetic way
>  Implement the above without shutting out any aspect of our clients’ presentations in our trauma-informed treatment approach.