Understanding Addiction & Working with Clients who use Alcohol and Other Drugs - (Introductory) - 2 day


Substance use is the third most common mental health disorder in Australia, and a major complicating factor for many clients accessing services. This workshop describes the seven biological, psychological, and social triggers for substance use.


The concept of physiological versus psychological dependence is explained, with an overview of the neurological brain processes that differentiate addiction from problematic substance use. The day concludes with an introduction to the seven key moderating factors for substance use, with an emphasis upon those that are particularly critical when working with addiction.


The second day commences by discussing drugs and their effects, with an emphasis upon the newer psychoactive drugs that are growing increasingly popular, as well as discussing how the 7 & 7 model from the introductory day adapts to each substance type. This takes a step further to exploring the different types of presentation of gambling, sex 'addiction' and overeating behaviours.


The afternoon session provides an overview of seven important clinical principles when working with addiction and problematic substance use, followed by an introduction to the process treatment, including how and when to introduce different areas of focus. 



Topic 1 – Seven primary drivers of substance use



Habit/Association – seven types

Discontentment & Attachment

Confused (Biofeedback)

Physiological Dependence, Tolerance and Withdrawal

Substance induced (e.g. priming dose) triggers


Topic 2 – Seven Moderating Factors

Craving Management - 8 techniques for addressing cravings

Factors that impact upon willpower

Pharmaceutical interventions

The three attitudinal hurdles

Access and opportunity


Social System and Recovery paradigms


Topic 3 – Drugs and their Effects

Depressants, Stimulants and Hallucinogens

Alcohol-related Brain Injury

Cultural drugs and the New Wave synthetics

Polydrug use

Process addictions such as gambling and sexual behaviour.

Adapting treatment needs to drug type


Topic 4 – Treatment Planning and Delivery

Clinician Approach


Harm Reduction

Treatment Planning

Lapsing and Relapsing


Event Properties

Event Start: 08-05-2017 9:30 am
Event Finish: 09-05-2017 4:30 pm
Cut off date 20-04-2017
Individual Price $640.00
Trainer Matthew Berry – MAPS DPsych DipAODW
Location Level 1, 260 Hoddle St, Abbotsford 3067 VIC
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