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Demystifying Addiction in the Age of Opioids and Internet Pornography

Monday, April 12th 2021, 1:45 PM EST

Presenter: Erik Hadden, MA, LCPC, Vital Sources Psychological Services

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Learning Objectives:
  1. Participants will be able to define 'addiction' |Participants will be able to identify common experiences of people struggling with addiction|Participants will be able to utilize Motivational Interviewing strategies when working with addiction|Participants will be able to create a treatment plan for working with someone with problematic pornography use|Participants will be able to understand the origin of the opioid crisis and current treatment options.

These webinars offer 3 Live Interactive Continued Education Hours

How do we identify addiction or help someone who is in denial of their addiction? What are the common psychological experiences of someone struggling with addiction? What clinical approaches and skills seem to work well? Exploring what addiction is through understanding the experiences of those who call themselves 'addicts' will help demystify treating this sometimes confusing and anxiety-provoking mental health issue.

This session will look at the definition of addiction, the experience of the 'addict,' and general principles that are helpful in treatment. The purpose is to help the clinician who does not specialize in addictions to feel more confident in their ability to assess, understand and treat individuals who come to them for help. (Trainer, Erik Hadden, MA, LCPC, Vital Sources Psychological Services)

Learning Objectives:
  1. Participants will be able to define 'addiction' |Participants will be able to identify common experiences of people struggling with addiction|Participants will be able to utilize Motivational Interviewing strategies when working with addiction|Participants will be able to create a treatment plan for working with someone with problematic pornography use|Participants will be able to understand the origin of the opioid crisis and current treatment options.
Agenda:
  1. Introduction                       (10 minutes)
  1. Defining Addiction                                  (55 minutes)
  • Controversy around defining ‘addiction’ and DSM-V according to the literature
    • Biological (brain d/o, show scans)
    • Bio-psycho
    • Psychological
    • Difference between addictive behaviors and compulsions
  • What are the common experiences of all ‘addicts’?
    • Shame
    • Overactive Superego
  • What are the causes of addiction?
  1. The Opioid Crisis (50 minutes)
  • What is it?
  • How did it happen?
  • What’s being done?
  • What is Medication-Assisted Treatment?
  • What works?
  1. Pornography & Sexual Addiction (55 minutes)
  • Review of definition and controversy over whether sex can be addictive or not.
    • The role of technology
  • Typical Course of the problematic pornography use
  • What does a typical presenting client look like?
  • What to ask
  • Frequency, Intensity & Duration
  • Useful Treatment options according to the literature
    • Behavioral
    • Cognitive
    • Trauma
    • Marital
  • Resources available
  1. Review and Summarize                           (10 minutes)

This presentation is open to:
  • Social Workers
  • Professional Counselors
  • Therapists
  • Psychologists
  • Licensed Mental Health Practitioners
  • Other professionals interacting with populations engaged in mental health based services
This online class is offered at an intermediate level Click here to see levels of programing : ,and is beneficial for a beginner level clinician: Click for Description :
  • New practitioners who wish to gain enhanced insight surrounding the topic
  • Experienced practitioners who seek to increase and expand fundamental knowledge surrounding the subject matter
  • Advanced practitioners seeking to review concepts and reinforce practice skills and/or access additional consultation
  • Managers seeking to broaden micro and/or macro perspectives

Participants will receive their certificate electronically upon completion of the webinar and course evaluation form.


  • CE You! is an approved sponsor of the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners for continuing education credits for licensed social workers in Maryland. CE You! maintains responsibility for this program..
  • CE You LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0437
  • CE You LLC #1573 is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. CE You LLC maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period 3/27/2021-3/27/2024. Social workers completing this course receive 3 continuing education credits.