On-Demand Webinars

The Voice of Addiction

In this Webinar: 

  • Understand the sneaky role of a “critical inner voice” in driving addiction
  • Explore the roots of this inner critic and the self-destructive cycle it perpetuates
  • Learn techniques to separate this internal enemy from one’s real point of view
  • Follow steps to identify and challenge this destructive “voice” to live life on your own terms

The mental strain of the pandemic has hit particularly hard for those who’ve dealt with addiction. Studies have already indicated an increased rate of drug and alcohol use and relapse among Americans who face substance use disorders. As millions of people find themselves spending more and more time in isolation, it’s important to consider the internal thought processes that may be driving them toward risky and self-destructive behavior.

In this CE webinar, Dr. Lisa Firestone will explain the concept of the critical inner voice and how it pushes people toward addictive behavior. The role of this “voice” in addiction is incredibly powerful in that first lures them into self-destructive behavior with seductive or even soothing-sounding messages but then punishes them for indulging. Increasing awareness of this critical voice and how it operates can be an important step in resisting an addiction.

The 90-minute presentation will introduce a method for individuals to separate their real self (their true wants, goals and values) from their anti-self (the side of them that is self-critical, self-sabotaging and self-destructive). Dr. Firestone will explain the steps of Voice Therapy, a cognitive, affective, and behavioral approach to challenging one’s core negative beliefs about themselves. She will help individuals and therapists working with clients learn ways to overcome the thought processes that influence addictive behavior. Dr. Firestone will further emphasize the importance of helping individuals struggling with addiction to strengthen their sense of self and start to refrain from addictive urges.


Learning Objectives:

  1. Apply techniques to identify and challenge the destructive thinking that feeds into addiction.
  2. Identify and help clients address core beliefs that limit behavior change.
  3. Describe strategies to help clients tolerate anxiety associated in breaking addictive patterns.
  4. Explain the steps of Voice Therapy.



Ordering Information

Once payment is received, you will be emailed a full video recording of this webinar along with all presentation materials.

Optional 1.5 CEs may be purchased through R. Cassidy Seminars. A link to purchase CE Credits will be included in the email containing all your webinar resourcesMore Info Here

Continuing Education Information

Optional 1.5 CEs may be purchased through R. Cassidy Seminars. A link to purchase CE Credits will be included in the email containing all your webinar resourcesMore Info Here

About the Presenter

Lisa Firestone, Ph.D. Dr. Lisa Firestone is the Director of Research and Education at The Glendon Association. An accomplished and much requested lecturer, Dr. Firestone speaks at national and international conferences in the areas of couple relations, parenting, and suicide and violence prevention. Dr. Firestone has published numerous professional articles, and most recently was the co-author of Sex and Love in Intimate Relationships (APA Books, 2006), Conquer Your Critical Inner Voice (New Harbinger, 2002), Creating a Life of Meaning and Compassion: The Wisdom of Psychotherapy (APA Books, 2003) and The Self Under Siege (Routledge, 2012). Follow Dr. Firestone on Twitter or Google.

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Gemma Nicolette

I have spent most of my life overcoming trauma, surviving , and experiencing great success only to lose it all, again,to a combination of mental Heslth, and addiction behaviors that cause catastrophic life changes. I spent 200,000 on my fav substance. I got flattened in a relationship through narcissistic abuse that not one professional understood. I am older, 60, running out of do 9over time and out of resilience. Now what.

Nicolette R

Is nicolette your last name? That is my first name lol. I just wanted to say that I can relate. I’ve been an addict since before the age of 14 unfortunately and it seems the older I get the harder it is to walk away from addictions wether it be men or food or drugs not in that order lol. I wish I had answers but I don’t. I just wanted to tell you that your struggle is similarly mine and to hang in there! Sending healing vibes your way!
Nicolette R

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