Substance Use Disorders: Explained and Treated Through Attachment Theory

The Great Lakes MHTTC is offering this training for individuals working in HHS Region 5: IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, WI. This training is being provided in response to a need identified by Region 5 stakeholders.




This talk will focus on attachment theory as it relates to substance use disorders (SUD). The webinar will address the origins of attachment theory along with the important psychological impacts of early attachment. The neurobiological pathways of attachment will be described with a particular emphasis on the overlap with the addiction/motivation neurocircuitry. This shared neurobiology between attachment and addiction is crucial for understanding the origins and treatment of addictions. Pregnancy and the postpartum period initiate specific biological changes that allow attachment to serve as a powerful intervention to addiction. Providing this kind of integrated intervention to mothers and infants during the perinatal period can disrupt the perpetuation of intergenerational substance use and offers a new approach to SUD prevention and treatment.




As a result of this presentation, the audience will:

  • Have a better understanding of attachment theory
  • Know the basic neurobiology of attachment theory
  • Discover how the neurobiology of attachment and substance use overlaps
  • Understand the importance of pregnancy and early child development in the intergenerational effects of substance use
  • Learn ways to prevent and treat substance use disorders through attachment




Registrants who fully attend this event or training will receive a certificate of attendance via email within two weeks after the event or training. 




Joanna Chambers


Joanna Chambers, M.D.

Dr. Chambers is an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Indiana University School of Medicine. She completed medical school at the Medical College of Georgia and a residency in Psychiatry in the Neuroscience Research Track at Yale University School of Medicine. She works with the perinatal population at IU Health and Adult and Child Health, with an emphasis on women with substance use disorders, using Attachment Theory as a basis for treatment.

Starts: Jul 29, 2022 12:00 pm
Ends: Jul 29, 2022 1:30 pm
Event Type
Webinar/Virtual Training
Hosted by
Contact Us for More Info
Copyright © 2024 Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MHTTC) Network