How many years of suffering
revealed in hands like his
small and deliberate as a child’s
The way he raises them
from his lap, grasps the teacup
with sure, unhurried ease
Yet full of anticipation
for what he will taste in each sip
he drinks as if it’s his first time
Lifts the cup to his mouth
a man who’s been practicing all his life,
each time tasting something new.

— Amy Oyematsu

The Opposite of Addiction is Connection


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The Opposite of Addiction is Connection:
Group Therapy as a Catalyst toward Sustainable Sobriety

 Andrew Susskind, LCSW, SEP, CGP

The theory that addiction stems from attachment ruptures informs how this workshop will explore the reparative factors of group therapy.  Addiction crosses all sexual and gender orientations as well as socio-economic status and cultural/ethnic backgrounds.  The themes of emotional sobriety, shame, nervous system regulation and narcissism will be addressed.  

The structure of this workshop is:

  • 90 minutes as a didactic presentation intermixed with interactive discussion
  • 45 minutes as a demo group
  • 15 minutes debriefing
  • 45 minutes as a demo group
  • 45 minutes debriefing and Q & A


  1. Describe the correlation between trauma and addiction.
  2. Distinguish among the primary attachment styles.
  3. Explain how group therapy helps those in addiction recovery develop more secure attachments.
  4. List three examples of emotional sobriety.

Continuing Education

Purchase CE Certificate

A CE certificate is issued for a $20 charge. Instructions for purchasing CE certificates will be emailed once registration is completed and certificates are issued after the workshop is completed.  Continuing Education Certificates must be purchased within thirty (30) days of the event.

Psychologists: The Insight Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Insight Center maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This course is provides 4 CE units.

MFTs / LCSWs / LPCCs: The California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts APA CEs. This course provides 4 CE units.