Trauma symptoms and addiction are often interrelated, making an effective path to recovery
challenging to navigate. During their August 20 th presentation, Austin Eubanks, program director
of The Foundry Treatment Center and Fatina Cannon LPC, MAC, R-DMT, clinical director of
NorthStar Transitions, will explore the relationship between trauma and addiction and how body-
based skills can support healing and long-term recovery.
As a survivor of the Columbine High School shooting, Austin’s personal journey into addiction by way of acute trauma will illustrate the necessity for those in recovery to reclaim their personal power in order to manage trauma symptoms and experience lasting recovery.
Eubanks and Cannon’s presentation will provide clear guidance for attendees to understand the importance of body-based skills such as interoceptive awareness, movement sequencing, and relational use of space to increase the effectiveness in managing trauma and addiction-related distress. Body-based skills aim to create a relationship of self-awareness, building the capacity to respond rather than react, navigate discomfort, and enhance a sense of enjoyment in the lived experience.
The 2016 National Conference on Addiction Disorders runs from August 18 through August 21 at the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Denver and includes hundreds of addiction treatment and behavioral healthcare professionals from across the country. Eubanks and Cannon’s presentation, titled Empowerment through the Body: Managing Trauma Symptoms in Addiction Recovery, will take place from 10:15am to 11:45am on Saturday, August 20.