Numbing the Pain: Making the Link between Childhood Trauma and Addiction
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Numbing the Pain: Making the Link between Childhood Trauma and Addiction

Christiane Sanderson visits the North east to deliver a course looking at early adverse childhood experiences, in particular childhood sexual abuse, complex and relational trauma, and their link to addiction.

Crowne Plaza Hotel, Newcastle Upon Tyne
Full Fee £140.00 (includes lunch and refreshments)

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There is increasing evidence that adverse childhood experiences such as childhood sexual abuse, physical abuse, neglect, relational trauma and early childhood stress significantly increases vulnerability and elevated risk of developing addictions. To manage the impact of abuse, trauma and emotional dysregulation many survivors resort to substance misuse, disordered eating, gambling, workaholism, sex, exercise or unhealthy relationships to self-medicate and to regulate their emotions and mood.

Despite the growing evidence of the link between early childhood trauma and addictions, many alcohol, drug and addiction services tend to focus on harm minimisation and often do not have the resources to explore the underlying causes of addiction.

This CPD Training day will look at early adverse childhood experiences, in particular childhood sexual abuse, complex and relational trauma, and their link to addiction. It will explore the nature of addictions within the context of attachment deficits and lack of emotional self-regulation. The focus will be on enabling practitioners working with addictions and substance misuse to develop a deeper understanding of the link between addictions and complex trauma and how to work more effectively with substance dependent clients. To this effect it will examine the barriers to disclosure such as shame and how to scaffold their practice with the principles of trauma informed practice. Emphasis will be placed on psychoeducation and re-regulation of the nervous system through affect regulation and increasing the client’s window of tolerance. It will introduce a range of techniques such as stabilisation, grounding techniques, and mindfulness to restore control over dysregulated emotional states and reduce the need for external sources of regulation and self-medication.

In addition it will explore ways of facilitating disclosure of abuse experiences, how survivors who have a history of addiction can best be supported through the therapeutic relationship, how to liaise with specialist services and the range of referral pathways. This training will be of interest to both health and mental health practitioners , drug and alcohol workers, counsellors, therapists, GP’s and anyone working with survivors.

Topics covered will be:

  • The link between adverse childhood experiences and addiction
  • The link between attachment deficits and addiction
  • Emotional Dysregulation and the nervous system
  • Addiction as self medication to regulate emotions and mood states
  • The principles of trauma informed practice
  • Re-regulation of the nervous system through stabilisation and grounding techniques
  • Developing affect regulation and an increased window of tolerance
  • Overcoming barriers to disclosure
  • Offering a supportive therapeutic relationship to survivors who have a history of addiction

This workshop is facilitated by Christiane Sanderson and provides 6 hours of CPD.


This training event will take place at the new Crowne Plaza Hotel in central Newcastle upon Tyne, close to the railway station.   This modern and stylish hotel has excellent conference facilities and car parking nearby.    Refreshments and snacks will be provided through the day together with a buffet lunch.


Preferential Bed and Breakfast rates available for Jesmond Therapy Centre delegates.  Rates are fully flexible and can be cancelled up to 4 pm on day of arrival:

Friday 13th March 2020 – £110
Saturday 14th March 2020 – £140 

Please click the following link, to access rates Jesmond Therapy Centre March 2020 Booking Link

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Crowne Plaza Hotel, Newcastle Upon Tyne
Stephenson Quarter, Forth Street,, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 3PF United Kingdom
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