Grief, Loss, and Addiction

 February 3rd, 2017

Addiction can surface in the experience of grief as an attempt to numb the emotional pain and suffering from the death of someone close to us. It can also be used to distract or mediate feelings of depression associated with other losses. In addition, the experience of grief and loss can accompany the surrender of addiction as one learns new ways of being and relating to self and Other.

This workshop presentation will discuss various types of losses and there association with addiction- complicated grief, stigmatized loss, traumatic loss and anticipatory loss. We will examine Western Societies orientation toward grief and loss, and discuss how it might provoke addiction and hinder the healing process. Last, we will discuss ways in which we might use this knowledge to promote transformative growth.