Speaker Bio & Presentations

Dr. Annie Peters

Special Speaker

Dr. Annie Peters

Annie Peters, PhD, LP, is Director of Research and Education at the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP) and Executive Director of the NAATP Foundation for Recovery Science and Education (FoRSE), leading the national effort to further understand substance use disorders through collaborative quality improvement and research. Dr. Peters is a clinical psychologist with 15 years of experience in substance use and mental health assessment, psychotherapy, education, and leadership.

Presentations & Workshops

The Allure of Self-Destruction: How Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) Can Redefine Addiction Recovery

Pain and suffering are ubiquitous, and the great secret is that many of us have an inner experience so unpleasant that we act in ways that temporarily please, but ultimately destroy us - body, mind, and spirit. Once an addiction or other disorder manifests, even the strongest motivation to change often results in countless unsuccessful efforts to recover. Understanding the various manifestations of the self-destructive urge, as well as theories describing its causes, is key to helping people move in valued directions in the presence of pain.  This presentation will provide a summary of the ACT approach to addiction treatment and the research supporting it. Participants will practice evidence-based ACT techniques designed to build awareness of self-destructive thoughts, develop psychological flexibility, and create new cognitive-behavioral pathways to recovery-oriented living.

Learning objectives:

  • Define ACT principles such as experiential avoidance and cognitive fusion, including their significance in the development of addiction and co-occurring disorders
  • Describe the empirical evidence and theoretical models supporting ACT as an effective intervention for people with substance use disorders
  • Practice cognitive exercises to build awareness and acceptance of self-destructive thoughts and respond with self-compassion and value-focused action

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