For people who use opioids, the potent euphoria followed by the increased tolerance and excruciating withdrawal can entrap them in an all-consuming self-destructive cycle of addiction, especially those with histories of trauma. This is borne out by hard data that connects high Adverse Childhood Events Scores (ACES), as well as PTSD, anxiety, and mood disorders, with alarming rates of addiction. As fentanyl analogs flood the illicit drug market, where a five-dollar fix can be fatal, rapid identification and treatment of both trauma and opioid use disorder are crucial. In this workshop, discover:
- The most effective evidence-based approaches to treatment and recovery
- What therapists need to know about medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorders
- How therapists can help people with opioid additions heal their traumas and implement meaningful wellness strategies and peer supports in their lives
- How to apply family-based approaches that provide hope and impact
Charles Atkins, MD, is a psychiatrist, author, and chief medical officer for Community Mental Health Affiliates, a multisite behavioral health and substance abuse agency in Connecticut. He’s the author of Opioid use Disorders: A Whole Person Approach to Assessment, Treatment and Recovery.