"Now the drugs don't work, they just make you worse" is not just a famous song by the English band The Veuve, it is the unfortunate reality for many.

While previously addictions were seen as the problem, it is now clear that addiction is a symptom for underlying problems, often linked back to childhood trauma.

Therefore, many are now asking "Why the pain?" instead of "Why the addiction?"

This in-depth course about addiction will explore some addiction paradigms, and discuss some of the most interesting research studies about addictions, such as the Rat Park study and the ACE's project.

This course is presented by...

Jace Cannon-Brookes, who has worked in the field of addiction for fourteen years in a variety of roles. She designed and co-ordinated a six week residential rehabilitation program, with a focus on the treatment of complex trauma for women with histories of substance dependence. 


Dr Sophie Reid, who has been a clinically focused academic at Sydney University, Monash University, Melbourne University, the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre. She is a Clinical Psychologist with 20 years of experience and focuses her work on helping individuals heal from trauma of childhood difficulties.

"Addiction is not your problem, it is an attempt to solve your problem"

Dr Gabor Mate

Author of the bestseller "In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts-Close Encounters with Addiction"

Trigger Warning

The content was originally designed for the purpose of clinicians’ developmental training and contains information about mental health issues, PTSD and childhood trauma, which some people may find triggering.

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