The Role of Attachment in Addiction, Trauma Disorders, and Treatment

*This presentation is no longer eligible for a CE credit

Addiction is often referred to as a disease of isolation because the progressive nature and consequences of one’s addiction eventually result in one being isolated. However, one could contend that addiction is the result of attachment wounds that create relationship patterns that make an individual feel alone, which causes them to lean into substance use and process addictions as a way to connect and regulate their feelings of loneliness. Accordingly, the antidote to addiction is connection. In this presentation, you will learn the theoretical basis for this belief and how to change your practice to address this problem.

Presented by:
Dennis Ballinger – Clinical Director
Momenta Recovery

Dennis Ballinger is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Certified Addictions Specialist in Colorado.  He is a member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) and an Approved Supervisor and Approved Supervisor of Supervision through AAMFT.

Dennis has over 25 years of experience providing counseling to individuals, couples, and families who are struggling with co-occurring disorders.  He has been trained and certified in a number of evidence-based practices, including Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, Functional Family Therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Hypnosis for the treatment of Trauma, and Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy, in addition to many others.

Dennis has trained over 50 individuals working towards their master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and has been a consultant to hundreds of therapists, case workers, and other professionals. He has presented on topics to other professionals and community members throughout Colorado and the Nation on issues that relate to co-occurring disorder treatment, family therapy, trauma, and attachment disorders.