Addiction problems usually are treated and understood as signs of personal deficits, ego-weakness and other incompetences. In this workshop, it will be demonstrated how, from a hypno-systemic view, addictions can be understood as the result of dissociated trance states which are unconscious attempts at solution, most often in loyalty-double binds. The addiction ritual has the function of a search which expresses an unconscious knowledge about the dissociated longing for an experience of meaning and fulfillment in relationships and life. This workshop will show many hypno-systemic strategies which translate the knowledge hidden in the addiction and utilize it for healthier solutions for both personal individuation and enriching relationships.
*Sessions may be edited for content and to preserve confidentiality*
Gunther Schmidt, MD, MA, is the director of the Milton H. Erickson Institut Heidelberg and director of the SysTelios Clinic for Psychosomatic Competence, Siedelsbrunn. Dr. Schmidt holds a master’s degree in Economics and is the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the German Business Training Association. He is a founder, honorary member, and former vice-president (1984-2003) of Milton Erickson Society of Germany, founding member and teaching expert of Systemic Society of Germany, German Society of Systemic Family Therapy, and German Federal Association of Coaching.