Dr. Bob Weathers to Lecture on the Role of Shame and Stigma in Addiction

Aug 21, 2014 by University News

Dr. Robert WeathersDr. Bob Weathers, curriculum developer of CalSouthern’s School of Behavioral Sciences, will be speaking at the 4th Annual Lifestyle Intervention National Conference, held October 6-7, 2014 at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Lifestyle Intervention Conference is designed to provide cutting-edge educational content—together with a rich network of resources—for mental health professionals who serve those struggling with drug, alcohol and process addictions, as well as food disorders. The conference focuses primarily on four key areas: advanced intervention training; employee assistance training for professionals; love, sex and relationship addictions; and food disorders.

Dr. Weathers’ presentation will first address how behavioral addictions are most often associated with severe personal shame and cultural stigma. Then, he will discuss how such attitudes—of shame and stigma—keep people from getting the help they need. Finally, he will propose that understanding the brain biology behind all the behavioral addictions (which is virtually identical to that of drug addiction) may help to reduce shame and stigma, and get people into the treatment they require for genuine addiction recovery.

Dr. Weathers has delivered more than a dozen presentations so far in 2014, on subjects ranging from human trafficking to moral development theory and a variety of topics on addiction and recovery: spiritual resources for those in recovery, family dynamics and addiction treatment, as well as his current specialty, the role of shame, stigma and interpersonal neurobiology in addiction and its treatment.

He also will be teaming with other members of the CalSouthern academic community at another important event, The Evolution of Addiction Treatment Conference, which will be held February 5-8, 2015 at the Westin Los Angeles Airport Hotel. On Friday, February 6, Dr. Weathers, Associate Dean Dr. Toby Spiegel and CalSouthern PsyD graduate Dr. Kathryn Whittaker will present a workshop titled, “Motivational Interviewing: A Practical Approach for Special Populations.” The following day, he will partner with CalSouthern Faculty Mentor Coleen Kelly, LMFT, to present “Plural Recovery: Evidence-based Relapse Prevention.”

For more information about the Lifestyle Intervention Conference or to register, please visit http://www.lifestyleintervention.org/. To learn more about the Evolution of Addiction Treatment, please go to http://www.theevolutionofaddictiontreatment.com/.

Dr. Weathers discusses how the concept of family dynamics in addiction and recovery has evolved dramatically in recent years.

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