Austin Eubanks, Columbine Survivor and Program Director of The Foundry Treatment Center, and Fatina Cannon, Clinical Director of NorthStar Transitions, Discuss Managing Trauma and Finding Lasting Recovery
DENVER(August 10, 2016) – 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.
“Given my personal history with both trauma and addiction, I am eager to offer my perspective on how recognizing the power within versus giving into powerlessness, as many of us have been taught, is the most effective path to long-term recovery,” said Eubanks.
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.
“In my experience, the inclusion of body-based skills in treatment is necessary to empower those who have suffered the complex trauma of addiction. To learn the language of the body and how we create meaning of our experiences is vital for sustainable sobriety and lasting recovery,” said Fatina Cannon, clinical director of NorthStar Transitions.
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.
About The Foundry Treatment Center
The Foundry is a substance abuse treatment center based in Steamboat Springs, Colo. focused
on providing complete addiction treatment to help participants regain happy and productive lives.
Guided by a team of professionals, participants experience a comprehensive program centered
on medical treatments, clinical therapy, wellness programs and family therapy. For more
information, visit foundrytreatmentcenter.com, call 844.955.1066, or connect with us on
Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn.
About NorthStar Transitions NorthStar Transitions is a state-licensed substance abuse treatment center offering Partial Hospitalization, Intensive Outpatient and Outpatient levels of care. Throughout the 12-week program, each client at NorthStar receives up to four hours per week of individual case- management services assisting clients with academic, vocational and recovery-oriented goals. NorthStar has a highly experienced and credentialed staff, including several masters level therapists and a board-certified addiction psychiatrist. NorthStar is in-network with Cigna, Aetna, United Healthcare and many other insurance policies that are part of the Multiplan network and is out-of- network with other insurances. Please visit www.northstartransitions.com or call 1-888- 787-9377 for more information.