Wickenburg, AZ (PRWEB) August 28, 2012
The Meadows trauma and addiction treatment center in Wickenburg, Arizona, is sponsoring a free lecture in San Francisco on Tuesday, September 4 presented by Thomas Hedlund, LMFT MFT, on the topic of “Demystifying Addiction: Understanding and Treating Addiction as Attachment Disorder.” It will be held at the Fort Mason Center, Landmark Building C, from 7:00 to 8:30pm and no registration is required.
In this presentation Hedlund discusses addiction as a brain disease and an attachment disorder rooted in early emotional development. Recent breakthroughs in attachment and affective neuroscience help explain how early life survival and adaptive mechanisms become barriers to flexibility and change in adult life. Dramatic scientific images of the brain demonstrate the changes between addicted and normal brains. Using current neuroscience, stories, legend, case examples and personal stories Hedlund weaves together a compelling argument for addiction as a destructive attempt to restore a person to emotional equilibrium.
Hedlund is a marriage family therapist, workshop leader and educator from Santa Rosa, California. Best-selling author, John Bradshaw, has called Hedlund “one of the select few therapists who I know that thoroughly understands the dynamics of emotional healing. In private practice for 34 years, he specializes in recovery related issues including addiction, compulsive behavior and the healing of trauma, shame and abuse. He has worked as a communications, addiction, and family systems consultant for The Family Intervention Institute, as well as a family business consultant, expert witness and interventionist.
The Meadows Wickenburg sponsors free lectures in various cities throughout the country. Speakers include local therapists familiar with The Meadows’ model. Lectures are free and open to the public. Attendees can earn 1.5 Continuing Education Credits. For more information, contact Kirk Watson at 415.515.9026 or kwatson(at)themeadows(dot)com
The Meadows is an industry leader in treating trauma and addiction through its inpatient and workshop programs. To learn more about The Meadows’ work with trauma and addiction contact an intake coordinator at (866) 856-1279 or visit http://www.themeadows.com.
For over 35 years, The Meadows has been a leading trauma and addiction treatment center. In that time, they have helped more than 20,000 patients in one of their three inpatient centers and 25,000 attendees in national workshops. The Meadows world-class team of Senior Fellows, Psychiatrists, Therapists and Counselors treat the symptoms of addiction and the underlying issues that cause lifelong patterns of self-destructive behavior. The Meadows, with 24 hour nursing and on-site physicians and psychiatrists, is a Level 1 psychiatric hospital that is accredited by the Joint Commission.