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iCAAD London 2019 - John D Lieberman - LONELINESS -


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Loneliness is endemic and pervasive. Studies show loneliness has negative effects on a person's emotional, psychological and physical health.

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iCAAD London 2019 - John D Lieberman - LONELINESS -

  1. 1. John D Lieberman, MA I/O Psych Visions Adolescent Treatment Centers
  2. 2. ies who are struggling with substance ab
  3. 3. UCLA Loneliness Scale 3 All Survey Questions 1. How often do you feel that you are “in tune” with the people around you? 2. How often do you feel that you lack companionship? 3. How often do you feel that there is no one you can turn to? 4. How often do you feel alone? 5. How often do you feel part of a group of friends? 6. How often do you feel that you have a lot in common with the people around you? 7. How often do you feel that you are no longer close to anyone? 8. How often do you feel that your interests and ideas are not shared by those around you? 9. How often do you feel outgoing and friendly? 10.How often do you feel close to people? 11.How often do you feel left out? 12.How often do you feel that your relationships with others are not meaningful? 13.How often do you feel that no one really knows you well? 14.How often do you feel isolated from others? 15.How often do you feel that you can find companionship when you want it? 16.How often do you feel that there are people who really understand you? 17.How often do you feel shy? 18.How often do you feel that people are around you but not with you? 19.How often do you feel that there are people you can talk to? 20.How often do you feel that there are people you can turn to?
  4. 4. “Adolescence is the critical period during which marijuana use can be damaging.” “Long-term use of cannabis destroys dopamine, the feel-good chemical in the brain that inspires get-up- and-go.” Imperial College London University School of Medicine
  5. 5. ana use is on the rise. All other substance use is at the lowest in about 20
  6. 6. The most recent information from “Monitoring the Future Survey”
  7. 7. Overdose deaths continue to rise for the past 3 years.
  8. 8. That is 134 deaths a day from opioids.
  9. 9. 191 deaths each day from drug overdose in the US.
  10. 10. The greatest risk for addiction and addiction-related consequences is at the age of first use. The best place to start addressing this issue… is at home and at school.
  11. 11. Secrets
  13. 13. Recently my nephew was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. His family got together over dinner and discussed how this will affect him and their family. They made a list of family, friends, teachers and healthcare professionals they would contact over the next few days.
  14. 14. What happens when a family learns that their son or daughter has a substance abuse issue? They generally withdraw and become isolated and alone.
  15. 15. Last month my UBER driver told me about his son. “My son always did well. He met this girl and his world got turned upside down. My son became suicidal and it took two years for him to get out of it.” Then he said, “I don’t understand. What did I do wrong? I raised him right.” Dad's first thought was to question what he had done wrong. Substance abuse and mental health issues carry such a heavy weight of shame and self-blame for parents and family members.
  16. 16. Family is the ultimate “safe” place to find comfort, companionship and emotional support. But when loved ones discover substance abuse or mental health issues are affecting someone in the family…home can become a lonely place.
  17. 17. Loneliness is suffering. Suffering affects the whole person. Studies show that loneliness may be as hazardous as smoking.
  18. 18. Families come in all shapes and sizes.
  19. 19. Group rage will never create a sense of belonging. stake “fitting in” for belonging. Twitter, Facebook, blogs We do not have to change to “belong” We change ourselves to “fit in”
  20. 20. Who knows me? How can I (or we) make meaning of something that makes no sense? I may never have an answer as to Why… n. Connecting through shared experiences creates conn
  21. 21. Addiction is a disease of alienation and self- destruction. Alienation also seems to be contagious.
  22. 22. Addiction is a disease of alienation. Stigma… Fear… Shame… Guilt all contribute to the pervasive loneliness of the addict and the family experience.
  23. 23. Letting go with love? “THE SPIRITUALITY OF TAKING ACTION!” DEBRA JAY, AUTHOR INTERVENTIONST Taking action is healing.
  24. 24. John D Lieberman, MA Visions Adolescent Treatment Centers