RI PREVCON 2019 Session – Integrating Mindfulness to Address Trauma in Addiction Treatment

Chris Dorval, 2019

Significant evidence point to the connection between addiction and trauma, and the evidence is clear: clinicians must be able to provide care to address both. Emerging research into the neurobiological aspects of trauma has found that trauma disrupts neural networks inhibiting traumatic experiences from being processed through most traditional treatment interventions. Mindfulness has been shown to be effective as a treatment intervention working with both addiction and trauma. This presentation offers an understanding of the neurobiology of trauma and mindfulness and how mindfulness interventions can effectively work to address deficits caused by trauma. It will also offer guidance and skills to integrate mindfulness into traditional treatment modalities to ensure the best treatment outcomes.


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