Addiction: Prevention by Addressing Underlying Emotional Issues

April 23, 2018

The 2018 Australian and New Zealand Addiction Conference will be held next month over Monday 28 and Tuesday 29 May with optional workshops on Wednesday 30 May at the QT Gold Coast.

Mr Brendan Mooney, Psychologist at Brendan Mooney Psychology joins us at the Conference to discuss ‘Addiction: Prevention by Addressing Underlying Emotional Issues’.


Addictive behaviours are very common amongst society ranging from seemingly mild to very severe in terms of the impact on quality of life. Addiction is often related to activities such as alcohol, drugs, gaming, pornography, tobacco use, sugar, sex, and reckless activities. Although perhaps emotions are our greatest addiction that fuel the addictive urges and behaviours in the first place. If emotions are the force behind addictive behaviours, accurately identifying and addressing underlying emotional issues would be key in preventing the outplay of the behaviours we then otherwise attempt to manage.

This presentation will offer a practical approach to preventing and addressing addictive behaviours and will incorporate the new Feelings Emotions Mental (FEM) Model (developed by the author in 2017). The FEM Model clearly defines the difference between feelings, emotions and mental states and offers a practical and supportive way to relate to ourselves and others. The presentation will focus on how we can be far better equipped to handle our emotions and the emotions of others as a way of preventing the more obvious addictive behaviours that inevitably follow.


Psychologist Brendan Mooney works with adults, adolescents and children. With a genuine interest in people’s well-being, Brendan brings warmth, practicality and an equality that supports clients to truly address underlying issues and blockages that are preventing them from moving forward. Brendan obtained his qualifications at the University of Queensland and has extensive experience working in organisations such as Southern Cross University, Konekt, Tarmons House Mental Health Service and Department of Disability, Ageing and Home Care. Brendan provides support to people experiencing difficulties such as anxiety, depression, addictions, relationship issues, anger, grief and loss, physical pain, and many other difficulties.

For more information on the upcoming 2018 Australian and New Zealand Addiction Conference please visit the conference website.



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