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Recovery and Spirituality


Marcia Branca, MA

We live in a time of false values; a time during which many are depressed and disconnected. So many patients enter therapy having achieved what looks like the American dream, yet describe feelings of emptiness and discontent. How can so many of us have so much and yet feel so unhappy? For a nation so rich, how can we feel so poor? It is our belief that a primary reason for our discontent is that our society promotes a sense of separation: from the natural world, from the production of our food, from the product of our labor, from our communities and from our families. All these conditions lead to a separation from a relationship with one's self. In addiction, the desire to separate from one’s experience of oneself is the motivation.  We become addicted to an activity or a substance when using it can separate us from our discomfort, but doesn’t resolve its source. Unless we attend to the source of the discomfort, the desire to separate from it is always there. Whether the discomfort is stress, fatigue, boredom, loneliness, low self-esteem or anxiety, our society offers a multitude of pleasurable escapes. Extreme sports, exotic vacations, films, television, video games (each more realistic than its predecessor) when escape into the media, or through acquisition, food, sex, or drugs is as simple as the click of a remote, we must begin to ask: Are we, as a society, addicted?

Course Objectives

Participant will be able to:


1)      Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of exploring psycho-spiritual issues in the treatment of addiction

2)      To list four important stages in the process of recovery

3)     Describe the basic premises of the 12-step programs.

4)    Explain how 12-step programs can enhance and support the psychotherapeutic treatment of addiction



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This course is approved for  4 ce hours (.4 CEUS) by the National Board for Certified Counselors #5803.

An online course meeting the qualifications for 4 continuing education credits for MFTs and LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Science Examiners #2387

Approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing Provider #13258 for 4.8 contact hours.

NAADAC Provider #389

TX Board of Social Work Provider #CS3518

Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling Provider #BAP745


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