STIMULANT AND SEXUAL ADDICTIONS: Assessing and Working With the Dually Addicted Client – CANCELLED

Workshop Cancelled. We regret that due to circumstances beyond our control we have cancelled this workshop.

The goal of this presentation is to offer therapists working both in residential and outpatient settings an understanding of this addiction interaction disorder, to offer the assessment tools, language and treatment resources required to help those addicts who pair stimulants with sexual behavior.

There is an addiction population for whom stimulants (cocaine, crystal meth, etc.) and “party drugs” (GHB, MDMA, ketamine, etc.) are often taken in combination with sexual behavior.  The Typical Profile of the SSD addiction is:  males with co-existing stimulant (cocaine, crystal meth, etc.) and/or “party drug” (GHB, MDMA, ketamine, etc.) abuse and addictions fused with sexual acting out with prostitutes, anonymous sex, porn, while going to sex-focused environments.

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Treatment for any addictive disorder requires a comprehensive, interdisciplinary approach, addressing both the drug problem and any correlated behavior –sex, eating, spending etc. Typically, this type of addict is a man who may enter rehab specifically for drug (stimulant) abuse, but who also requires an integrated focus on their sexual behavior.  Residential or Outpatient Treatment programs that focus exclusively on drug abuse often inadvertently dismiss  sexual behavior patterns that occurred while the individual was using- figuring “once sober on drugs- the behavior will stop.” These men are then left with treatment and aftercare plans that addressing only half their problem.  As a result, long-term sobriety becomes less likely, with relapse often on the horizon – as the desire to return to past sexually intense experiences inevitably leads back to active drug abuse.

Treatment for this hybrid, co-occurring addictive interaction disorder must intensive, non-shaming, open assessment, focused not only on drug use –but concretely and specifically on sexual behavior acted out when using.  State-of the-art psychological, addiction, and neurobiological assessment and treatment methods must be incorporated into the treatment plan regarding both concerns- if recovery is to be long term and effective.

This form of dual addiction treatment addresses the impact that past sexual behavior may have had on partners, spouses, and families, as well as the client’s ability to build and maintain intimacy and healthy relationships. Spouses of clients need specific counseling and education to address challenges such as potential STD transmission, multiple infidelities, and anonymous sex outside of the primary relationship.  The topic of post-treatment “Sober Sex,” often a mystery to those with a long history of stimulant addiction must be integrated with every aspect of aftercare planning.

Presenter:

Robert Weiss LCSW, CSAT-S is Director of Intimacy and Sexual Disorders Programs for Elements Behavioral Health, whose treatment centers include – The Right Step in Florida, A Recovery Place in Texas, The Ranch in Nunnelly Tennessee, Promises Treatment Centers & The Sexual Recovery Institute (SRI) in California (founded by Mr. Weiss in 1995).A UCLA MSW graduate and long-term trainee of Dr. Patrick Carnes, Mr. Weiss is author of Cruise Control Understanding Sex Addiction in Gay Men and co-author of both Untangling the Web and the upcoming Closer Together-Further Apart: The Effect of Digital Technology on Sex, Dating and Relationships – with Dr. Jennifer Schneider, along with numerous peer reviewed articles and chapters. A media expert to CNN, The Oprah Winfrey network, the NY Times, LA Times, ESPN and NBC’s Today Show among many others, Mr. Weiss also provides professional sexual addiction training and program development for the US military and multi-addiction treatment centers in the United States, Europe and Asia.

Agenda:

5:30pm:                  Registration and Refreshments

6:00pm:                  Introduction

6:30pm – 8:30pm:  Presentation by Rob Weiss

CE’s: (2) NASW

Learning Objectives:

1.     Attendees will gain 2 specific insights into the neurobiology of stimulant abuse and sexual behavior.

2.     Attendees will learn 3 short and 3 long-term treatment goals for this dually addicted client.

Elements Behavioral Health is an approved provider for continuing education by the following authorities: NAADAC (NAADAC Approved Education Provider Program No. 624); NBCC (National Board of Certified Counselors Provider No. 6580).  NBCC approval is limited to the sponsoring organization and does not necessarily reflect endorsements of individual offerings.  This program, when attended in its entirety, is available for (2) continuing education credits. Division 39 is approved by the APA (American Psychological Association) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Division 39 maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Elements Behavioral Health maintains responsibility for this program.

The Ranch is an approved provider for continuing education by the following authority: NASW (Provider No. 886487573). The Ranch maintains responsibility for this program. Full-time participants can be awarded up to (2) CE’s upon completion of required evaluations.