Approved by NASW, NH Chapter for 2 Category 1 CE credits
This session will introduce Dr. Bruce Alexander’s Dislocation Theory of Addiction. Alexander argues that addiction is adaptive, that addicts turn to substances to overcome an absence of stable relationships or any authentic sense of meaning or identity. This theory has led many to conclude that “the opposite of addiction is not sobriety but connection.” If Alexander is right, then his theory may have much to teach us about the etiology of addiction and its prevention. We will explore what Alexander’s theory has to teach us about prevention, long-term treatment, and the relative efficacy of the 12 Steps.