Trauma, Addiction and Recovery: A Personal Journey

Trauma, Addiction and Recovery: A Personal Journey

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Monday, December 7, 2020 - 19:00 to 20:30
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Chula Goonewardene is a psychotherapist, co-founder and clinical director of Azura Minds and lectures on the Addiction Psychology & Counselling MSc at London Southbank University
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It is now well understood that trauma usually lies at the root of addictive disorders and it is clear that untreated or unresolved trauma will often, if not always, lead to relapse or substitution.

This is because it can be the addictive disorder itself that provided initial suppression of the trauma-associated thoughts and feelings, so when the addictive behaviour ceases and one begins to recover, these emotions will inevitably rise to the surface and require processing via psychotherapeutic treatment of some kind.

It is therefore often necessary for individuals in early abstinence, to receive psychotherapy in conjunction with a programme of Recovery. Without this, for many people, the primary addictive disorder may remain arrested, but the underlying, unresolved trauma can become a driver towards further dysfunctional behaviour, relational fractures, intimacy avoidance, and at worst mental illness.

This evening, Chula will speak about his journey from childhood trauma, through heroin addiction to recovery and then becoming a psychotherapist himself. He will give pointers along the way and answer your questions.

About the speaker, Chula Goonewardene

Chula Goonewardene spent his former years as a musician and during this time he became a heroin addict. He came into recovery via Action On Addiction’s CLOUDs House in 2003 and has remained completely abstinent since, by engaging with a 12-Step programme. 

 He joined the voluntary sector of the substance misuse field in 2005 and has worked as a drug & alcohol practitioner, with over 600 clients in community-based treatment. He moved into treatment management and training in 2010 and recently spent 3 years as the operations manager and senior counsellor of Steps2Recovery; a charity providing free residential rehabilitation for individuals from the Criminal Justice System, caught in the cycle of addiction and criminality. 

He now has a thriving psychotherapy private practice at 15 Harley Street, where he specialises in working with music and media professionals, including high-profile creative artists.  He is co-founder and clinical director of Azura Minds and lectures on the Addiction Psychology & Counselling MSc at London Southbank University.

 

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