The empathic roots of clinical intuition can be traced back to the mammalian attachment system, where instincts to nurture, love, and bond with others facilitate our understanding of them.

— Terry Marks-Tarlow

The Opposite of Addiction is Connection – Webinar


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

 Andrew Susskind, LCSW, SEP, CGP
Recorded on September 26, 2020

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

Continuing Education is not available for this webinar.