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Trauma, Shame and addiction - How did we get here…and how do we change?
As the opioid epidemic continues to unfold on the American landscape, our society is experiencing the loss of the flower of a generation. Studies reveals that alcohol use remains an even larger and growing public health problem than opioids. Marijuana use has become so casual as to usher itself into mainstream America, an innocuous choice for some perhaps, but for many others including the youngest amongst us its effects are devastating. Addiction is now a public health concern of epic proportions.

What about the undercurrents to addiction, the things that frequently start addiction, that fuel addiction? What about the undertreated public health menace that directly impacts and precedes addiction, and negatively affects the health and longevity of individuals and families? This silent menace is trauma, especially trauma from childhood. Learn to recognize that untreated trauma leads to the failure of so many individuals who find themselves chronically relapsing into the spiral of opioid addiction, alcoholism, gambling and sex addiction.

Dec 4, 2019 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Donald Sansom, DO
Associate Medical Director, Director of Addictions @Sierra Tucson
Donald Sansom, DO currently serves as Associate Medical Director and Director of the Addiction and Co-occurring Disorders Program at Sierra Tucson. Prior to joining Sierra Tucson, he served as a founding partner and Chief Medical Officer at Rincon Recovery, participating in creating a boarded PHP from inception to initiation of patient care. He has treated hundreds of patients with addiction while serving as Medical Director of the Pima County Adult Dentention Complex where he was an incremental part of the initiation of drug and alcohol treatment for the incarcerated patient. His passion for addiction medicine stems from his own journey in recovery and he brings forth this passion as a driving force as a physician, teacher and leader.