Featured Speaker: Donald Gragg, MD, PhD
To understand addiction, one must “get inside the head” of the addict. A major element in the recovery process is the interplay between denial and self-esteem. As an addiction progresses, denial of a problem tends to mask the accumulating loss of self-esteem. The first step in recovery requires the individual to acknowledge the addiction, thus resulting in a weakening of denial, unveiling the loss of self-esteem. Acceptance of the fact that one is addicted and that this is “okay” helps to restore self-esteem. Though this acceptance may occur spontaneously, it can be facilitated by a treatment program. The 12-Step Program of Alcoholics Anonymous provides an example of the elements in such a treatment program. This lecture will summarize the process.
Donald Gragg holds an MD degree from McGill University and a PhD in Higher Education (Medical Education) from Michigan State University. He was a medical officer in the U.S. Navy for 23 years with various assignments, including submarine medical officer, internal medicine, and medical-education design. After retirement he worked for 11 years as Physician-in-Charge of addiction services with Kaiser-Permanente (KP), Los Angeles, and as KP Southern California Coordinator for addiction services.
Coordinator: Roger Sanders
7/21/2022 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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