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Stress and Trauma Management:  Implications for Addiction and Relapse

Stress and Trauma Management:  Implications for Addiction and Relapse

By Terry Gorski, MA, MAC, NCAC-II

1.5 CEs

Terri Goski, MA, MAC, NCAC II - For addicts in recovery, the symptoms related to relapse become worse with the increase of stress. Conversely, as symptoms intensify the level of stress increases. This creates a viscous cycle of painful dysfunction that often ends in relapse. High stress can have such severe adverse effects that it can interfere with the client’s ability to respond to treatment. Therefore, it is of critical importance that one of the first tasks in helping addicts to recover is to teach them how to manage stress without having to use mood or mind altering chemicals. In this course, you will see how the Gorski-CENAPS approach to Stress Management can be used with your clients to build their stress management skills and improve their treatment outcomes. This is an intermediate course intended for practicing clinicians.

Learning Objectives

  1. Describe how the Stress Thermometer® can be used as a tool for stress self-monitoring.
  2. Utilize the Stress Management Flow Diagram® to teach clients how to manage stress.
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