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Westbrook, CT - Opioid Addiction as an Attachment Disorder


Complimentary breakfast & presentation hosted by Julia Latimer, Treatment Placement Specialists® with AWARE Recovery Care, Project Courage, and Newport Academy

Presented by: Michael C. Roeske, PsyD


Date:  Friday, September 13, 2019

Breakfast & Presentation:  8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.


Water's Edge Resort
1525 Boston Post Road
Westbrook, CT 06498


This program has been approved for 1 Continuing Education Credit Hour by the National Association of Social Workers, CT

Course Summary
The origin of the opioid epidemic is often tied to the behaviors of an unscrupulous pharmaceutical company. While there is evidence to support this position, it may actually be preventing us from fully appreciating the situation. In this talk, we will: define the opioid crisis and social-historical factors in the escalation of opioid use/misuse; review the relationship of opioid misuse to attachment theory, pain, play and sociality; and discuss treatment basics, including chronic pain, harm reduction, evidence based practices, medication assisted treatments, community support, and talk therapy.

Learning Objectives
Following completion of the course, participants should be able to:

  • Define the opioid crisis and social-historical factors in opioid use/misuse escalation.
  • Review the relationship of opioid misuse to attachment theory, pain, play and sociality.
  • Address: general treatment considerations, harm reduction, evidence based practices, chronic pain, medication assisted treatments, community support, and talk therapy interventions.


Michael C. Roeske, PsyD -
Executive Director, Newport Academy

Dr. Michael Roeske is a licensed clinical psychologist who has worked and trained in a variety of settings since 2003, including community mental health clinics, inpatient psychiatric hospitals, and residential and outpatient substance use disorder treatment programs. Michael has experience as a supervisor, clinical director, and assessor of children, adolescents, and adults. In addition, he has served as a chief operating officer and chief executive officer.

Michael recognizes the importance of exceptional, ethical, and collaborative clinical care; staff and therapist development; community outreach; and open, transparent communications. As an educator, he has been a national presenter, adjunct professor, and trainer of psychotherapy graduate students. In these ways, he has devoted his life to the science and art of serving those facing substance abuse and acute and/or chronic mental health concerns. Michael is currently an executive director at Newport Academy Bethlehem, Connecticut.


RSVP Information: 

There is no cost to attend this event, but an RSVP is required by completing the form below.  If you have any questions, please contact Julia Latimer at Julia.Latimer@acadiahealthcare.com  or call/text (475) 529-5715.

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