November 20, 2019 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Description: It is well documented that addiction can have significant collateral impacts on parents, extended family, partners and friends. But what happens when these care-givers and supports also have their own Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) history? Living with, loving, and supporting a person with addiction can become personal: triggering parents, partners, and families to relive their own trauma history. This presentation will discuss how ACES can impact the family system, and will address specific support/treatment strategies using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Mindfulness. Also addressed will be the CDC-Kaiser Permanente Adverse Childhood Experiences Study, a body of groundbreaking research that looked at how childhood trauma affects long-term health.