BUILDING EMOTIONAL RESILIENCE IN GROUP THERAPY
September 28, 2021
Hosted by Dr. Patricia Halligan
Dr. Aaron Black is a Fellow and Board Member of the American Group Psychotherapy Association and an instructor on faculty at the Center for Group Studies in NYC. Dr. Black bases his group work on Attachment Theory. He describes how insecure attachment patterns that develop in childhood typically manifest as dysfunction in our adult relationships. He believes that, using the group as a secure base, people can change their attachment style through ongoing group therapy and emerge as securely attached individuals, able to trust, regulate their emotions and connect more intimately with others. Dr. Black supports the idea that addiction is often the result of insecure attachment and discusses how traditional addiction treatment frequently falls short. We discuss how 12 Step groups frequently refer to anger as a character defect and discourage its expression in early recovery. Dr. Black explains the importance of learning how to express angry feelings in recovery and how suppression or denial of anger can harm ourselves and our relationships. We offer multiple examples of how group therapy can operate as "a learning lab" for people in recovery to practice identifying difficult feelings inside themselves and toward others and practice putting these feelings into words. He suggests that group therapy helps create more resilient individuals by inoculating them against criticism, fear of rejection, frustration, and disappointment. Dr. Black also offers examples of how group therapy based on Attachment Theory can help a person recover parts of themselves that were suppressed or lost, recover longings they didn't know they had and emerge more compassionate toward themselves and others.
RECOVERY…THE HERO’S JOURNEY
Tuesday at 12 Noon Pacific Time on VoiceAmerica Health and Wellness Channel
RECOVERY: THE HERO’S JOURNEY provides best practice information and support to people struggling with Substance Use Disorders/Process Addictions and Prescription Drug Dependence. We confront the stigma surrounding Opioid Use Disorder and Benzodiazepine Dependence, understanding that both are the direct result of an overprescribing epidemic. We discuss Buprenorphine, a first line, long term treatment for Opioid Use Disorder. We validate people struggling with Benzodiazepine Dependence (ie-Xanax/Klonopin), and offer resources and a recovery plan.
Experts explore Eating Disorders, Sex Addiction, PTSD, and the effects of today’s Cannabis on teens and young adults, offering guidance and resources to individuals struggling with these issues and their families. This podcast gracefully combines interviews with experts in the field and patient stories of recovery and redemption. The show is about connection, reclaiming personal integrity and hope.
Dr. Patricia Halligan
Dr. Patricia Halligan is an Addiction Psychiatrist, who specializes in the treatment of patients diagnosed with Substance Use Disorders, Prescription Drug Dependency and Process Addictions. She completed a residency in Psychiatry at Cornell-The New York Hospital, followed by a Fellowship in Addiction Psychiatry at the Medical University of South Carolina in 1998. Dr. Halligan is double board certified in General Psychiatry and Addiction Psychiatry and is a trained CSAT (Certified Sex Addiction Therapist). Believing in the healing power of connection, she trained at the Center for Group Studies in NYC and runs modern analytic group therapy for people in recovery.
Dr. Halligan has been prescribing Buprenorphine in her private practice since 2003 and continues to be a strong advocate for patients with Opioid Use Disorder throughout the Opioid Epidemic. She has spent the last two decades in the trenches of two tragic epidemics caused by the overprescribing of both Opioids and Benzodiazepines.
Aware that the lack of addiction training in medicine has largely contributed to both epidemics, she has resolved to devote some time to teaching. She creates CME accredited addiction education videos and training workshops for health care providers. Dr. Halligan decided to create this show to support people who are taking the hero’s journey into recovery and their families. You’ll hear interviews with experts surrounding best practices, and embrace the elimination of stigma.