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Understanding Addiction: Why Can't Those Affected Just Say No?

Addiction has a stigma attached to it, causing many to blame the struggling individual for their problems. However, research has shown that addiction is a progressive disease. Psychoactive drugs change brain function and alter emotions, consciousness, and other processes. Because of the way drugs work in the brain, addiction can form, causing compulsive behavior and a lack of control over seeking and taking the drug. An understanding of this process and what it means for those struggling with substance use disorder can help a clinician better understand treatment of addictions and how to manage triggers.

What You Will Learn:

  • History and current use of psychoactive substances
  • How drugs work in the brain and what it means for addiction
  • Cycle of addiction
  • Cause of cravings, relapse, and triggers

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Meet the Trainer

A'nna Jurich, MS, LCPC
Program Director
Gateway Carbondale

A'nna has worked with Gateway Foundation since 1994, and has worked as a clinician in addictions and mental health for the past 24 years. She is trained in Motivational Interviewing and EMDR.

A'nna graduated with a Master's Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from Southern Illinois University and is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor. She currently serves as the Program Director of clinical programs at Gateway's Carbondale site.

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