The Addictive Process and its Impact on Family Systems

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It is commonly known that addiction occurs in many forms. It is also commonly assumed that “physical dependence characterized by withdrawal symptoms is required in order for someone to be diagnosed with an addiction disorder, but the fact is that behavioral addiction can occur with all the negative consequences in a person’s life minus the physical issues faced by people who compulsively engage in drug and alcohol abuse.” (Source: American Addiction Centers.) Unfortunately, people with behavioral addictions are unable to stop engaging in the self-destructive behavior for any length of time without treatment and intervention. This training session will cover common behavioral addictions as well as substance addiction, and peel the layers to possible sources that lead to addictions and its impact on family members. We will take a dive deep into this very important public health issue and if necessary, schedule follow up sessions depending on the audience engagement and interest.


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Dr. Mitchell Crawford was born and raised in Lancaster, PA and has returned to the region to serve as the Director of Addiction Services for WellSpan Health. He completed his psychiatry residency training at Harvard and focused his training on the treatment of addictions. He has published journal articles, a book chapter, held leadership positions, given grand rounds and presented at various levels of meetings, including at the national level, on topics in the field of addictions.

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GOAL Project is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization committed to helping others offer the compassionate response of recovery to the disease of addiction and its prevention

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