NBCPA BHM event on ‘Stress, the Silent Cause of Addiction’

Thursday 4 November 2021

In this session the connection between racism and its impact on health and wellbeing is discussed for Black History Month.

 

This session on ‘Stress, the Silent Cause of Addiction’ will be opened by Dawn Brodrick, CPS Chief People Officer and is being delivered by Doris Onwuasoanya, a Senior Substance Misuse Practitioner and an accredited mindfulness-based cognitive therapist. She will take us on a journey exploring the connections between racism, racial violence and health and behavioural health.

Doris has over fifteen years’ experience of working with adults in recovery from substance misuse and other issues. She has worked in various settings, including hospitals, residential and community-based projects, day programs, and drop-in centres.

Her expertise includes knowledge and application of a wide range of recognized interventions tools, including 12 step facilitation, solution-focused brief therapy, mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, NLP, CBT, motivational interviewing, and ITEP. Development, implementation and facilitation of 12-week comprehensive CBT programs, needs assessment, risk assessment and support plans.

Stress can cause changes in the brain like those caused by addictive drugs. Is stress a cause or a result of addiction? Some people who experience stress may be more vulnerable to drug addiction or drug relapse. Those who become addicted to drugs may already be hypersensitive to stress.

This session explores the stress born by Black Asian and Ethnic Minority staff as they exist and survive in a racially hostile environment.

At the end of this webinar, delegates will:

• Understanding and awareness of how racism can contribute to stress

• Symptoms of stress

• Positive and negative stress

• Signs and symptoms of stress

• What is Addiction

• The Addiction Tree and Types of Addiction

• Research linking anxiety and addiction

• Practical solutions for managing stress

This event is open to all staff in the Civil Service. Please register using your work email address.

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