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.
- Apply techniques to identify and challenge the destructive thinking that feeds into addiction.
- Identify and help clients address core beliefs that limit behavior change.
- Describe strategies to help clients tolerate anxiety associated in breaking addictive patterns.
- Explain the steps of Voice Therapy.
Continuing Education Information
This event is co-sponsored by R. Cassidy Seminars. A link to purchase CE credits will be provided to all Webinar registrants.
Participants must have paid tuition fee, signed in, attended the entire seminar, completed any accompanying reading assignment, completed an evaluation, and signed out in order to receive a certificate. Failure to sign in or out will result in forfeiture of credit for the entire course. No exceptions will be made. Partial credit is not available.
Cassidy Seminars is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to offer continuing education for psychologists. R. Cassidy Seminars maintains responsibility for this program.
Cassidy Seminars, ACE provider #1082 is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. Approval Period: April 15, 2012-April 15, 2015. R. Cassidy Seminars maintains responsibility for the program. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. Social workers will receive 1.5 live or 2 homestudy continuing education (clinical, social work ethics) clock hours in participating in this course.
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