Identifying and Treating Your Patients' (often unrecognized) Addictions


I always wonder when a mental health provider says: “I don’t treat addictions.”  Of the 45% of the adult population that has an emerging or diagnosable substance or behavioral addiction, a large number are in psychotherapy. Addiction will not necessarily be the presenting problem--not because patients are in denial-- but because they do not know that the issues that bring them to therapy (e.g., depression, low self-esteem, interpersonal conflicts) are the side effects of addiction.  The same factors that keep an addiction hidden from patients hide the problem from their treatment providers. 

This workshop will clarify the new DSM-5 addiction category and present the core knowledge about addictions that mental health practitioners need to know.  You will learn about substance-related disorders and behavioral addictions such as Internet, sex, and exercise addiction and the factors that impede their recognition. You will be introduced to screening tools, subtle early warning signs of addiction that set the stage for early intervention, and methods for treating addictions that can be seamlessly integrated into psychotherapy. Original webcast date: Sept. 27, 2013.

Learning Objective 1
Develop a sense of “role adequacy” when it comes to identifying and initiating treatment of behavioral and substance addictions.

Learning Objective 2
Identify the personal, professional, and contextual factors that stand in the way of recognizing and treating addictions.

Learning Objective 3
Recognize the early warning signs of addiction and distinguish addictive from non-addictive forms of a behavior.


Marilyn Freimuth, PhD

Dr. Marilyn Freimuth has learned a great deal about substance and behavioral addictions since first realizing she had overlooked these problems in her patients. Her research and comprehensive study is reflected in this training and two books: Hidden Addictions: Assessment Practices for Psychotherapists, Counselors, and Health Care Providers (2005) and Addicted? Recognizing Destructive Behavior Before It’s too Late? (2008). These publications have been praised by professionals and discussed in the media for their scope and contribution to early identification of addictions.  She has conducted trainings around the country, is a professor at Fielding Graduation University, and practices in NYC and Wisconsin. For more information see:

Continuing Education

3.0 CE
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Price: $80.00

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