Stopping addiction relapse in its tracks

April 11, 2017

The 4th Australian and New Zealand Addiction Conference is on next month at the Mantra on View Hotel, Gold Coast over the 15th – 17th May.

Topics include:

  • Navigating the service system
  • Training and Support of AOD workers
  • Issues within rural and remote communities
  • Cultural safety and sensitivity when working with specific population groups
  • Emerging trends
  • Trauma informed services
  • The lived experience and their supporters

Dr Roby Abeles, Lead Psychotherapist at Abeles Consulting & Brainspotting Australia Pacific joins us next month to discuss ‘BRAINSPOTTING: A Remarkable new therapy, stopping addiction relapse in its tracks [YES! even with high acuity, traumatised clients]’.

Presentation Aim:
To inform delegates about a relatively new, remarkable, addiction & trauma therapy called Brainspotting™, which uses a specific eye position, correlated specifically to felt sense activation in the body when thinking of an issue, to resolve trauma and to prevent addiction relapse. Clients feel in control of the process as it is 100% client led after the initial “set up”. Clients are stunned by the connections they make and how that helps them to not want to use anymore rather than “white knuckle” sobriety.

Begin with a brief description and history of development of Brainspotting™. Outline an original hypothesis about the possible neurological cause of chronic relapse.  Explain why we need to include the body in all addiction and trauma resolution work. There will be a short review of hypotheses and literature of the neurology of BSP™, followed by a case presentation of BSP™ with Chronic Relapsing Addiction.

I will reference a specific Brainspotting “set up” I have developed, now used by therapists world-wide with great results. It links the neural networks that are dissociated in chronic relapsers, helping them to stay sober/clean without effort.

Brainspotting™ is an emerging, neurologically based, somatically inclusive, relational therapy, which is client led. A fixed eye position appears to bypass the cortical brain and achieve access to the subcortical brain.

This allows for deep processing of implicitly held memories, and appears to be demonstrating the neuroplasticity of the brain, as it allows for rewiring of neural networks to more adaptive connections in a relatively short period of time.

For example. Client: I walked past a brothel yesterday and I thought to myself. I don’t do that anymore, and kept walking. No urge to go in, no making myself keep walking past. Just a passing thought as I walked past it”.

For more information on the upcoming 2017 Australian and New Zealand Addiction Conference and to secure your spot, please visit


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