October 16, 2019

510 - You Don’t Need to Be a Specialist to Treat Addiction

An Integrative Harm Reduction Approach

More than one-third of Americans struggle with addictive behaviors, whether it’s sex, substance use, eating, or gambling. But misinformation and pervasive stereotypes have led many therapists to believe only an addiction specialist can treat these challenging issues. This workshop offers a biopsychosocial model for understanding and working with these behaviors that you can incorporate into any practice. By exploring the Integrative Harm Reduction Psychotherapy approach, you’ll discover: 

  • A framework for understanding addictive behavior as a meaningful response to social conditions and their emotional and physical impact 
  • A harm-reduction stance that starts wherever people are ready to begin to change their self-destructive habits 
  • Seven therapeutic tasks that combine relational psychodynamic, CBT, and mindfulness interventions into a holistic approach to addressing addictive behaviors 
  • Specific strategies for facilitating treatment, including Urge Surfing, Embracing Ambivalence, Decisional Balance, and the Ideal Use Plan 

Andrew Tatarsky, PhD, is developer of IHRP and author of Harm Reduction Psychotherapy: A New Treatment for Drug and Alcohol Problems. He’s founder and director of the Center for Optimal Living and has trained professionals in 18 countries. 

Note: This workshop is available as self-study credit.


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