Grief Support for Addiction and Overdose Losses
Grief is the normal and natural reaction to any significant loss, whether that is a bereavement loss or a non-death loss. Family members of those living with substance use disorders often experience deep ambiguous loss, a type of grief that is often misunderstood by professionals and can prove incredibly complex for families. The first half of this session will assist professionals in understanding and providing support to families coping with this non-death grief.
The second half of this program will assist professionals in responding to the unique grief following a substance-related deat...Read moreh. Overdose deaths increased over 15% in the first half of 2020. According to the CDC, 81,000 drug overdose deaths occurred in the United States in the 12 months ending in May 2020, the highest number of overdose deaths ever recorded in a 12-month period. This left countless friends and family members to grieve during a year that provided more challenges than ever before to grief and mental health support. This session will cover support for common complex issues in coping with this type of grief, including disenfranchised grief, guilt, blame, relief, and introduce basic coping tools for individuals and support systems. Less...
- Define grief and explore the impact of grief both before and after a death to overdose or other substance-related cause.
- Identify key indicators of ambiguous grief and introduce therapeutic and psychoeducational interventions to ease the stress of ambiguous loss for families with loved one(s) with substance use disorders.
- Articulate common modern grief theories in contrast to the traditional stage mode of grief and their applications in cases of addiction and overdose.
- Describe the unique aspects of the disenfranchised grief experience of family members and friends who have lost a loved one to addiction.
- Apply evidence-informed principles of grief support to family members of those experiencing grief following a substance use death.
Wednesday, August 31, 2022
01:00 PM EDT - 04:15 PM EDTRegister for this Webinar
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About the speakers
Litsa Williams MA, LCSW-C
Eleanor Haley, MS
1:00-1:30 Introduction, data review, and defining grief
- Doka and the introduction of the grief beyond bereavement loss.
1:30-2:30 Grief and Addiction: Understanding Non-Death Loss
- Defining the two types of ambiguous loss
- Relational stress and assessing the impact of ambiguous loss
- Family Systems
2:45-3:15 Grief and Overdose Loss: Understanding Disenfranchised Grief
- Defining disenfranchised loss
- The role of support systems and subjectivity
- The impact of disenfranchised losses on grief
3:15-4:00 Common Grief Experiences and Interventions
- Those unaware of a substance use disorder
- Those aware of a substance use disorder
- Friends and family also abusing substances.
4:00-4:05 Locating Community Resources
4:05-4:15 Questions and Close
CE Information - Earn 3 CE Credit Hours
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Maryland State Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists
New York State Education Department's State Board for Psychology
New York State Education Department's State Board for Marriage and Family Therapy
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