Nervous system theory, such as the Polyvagal Theory and others, helps us to understand the importance of getting our physiology into a response to safety rather than an activation to threat. When we are being listened to, it can go either way.

Addiction can be reframed as a chronic dysregulation of the nervous system. Threat responses can be mobilized (such as fight or flight), or immobilized (such as freeze). Most addictions are to substances or behaviors which medicate this dysregulated nervous system up or down.

Humans have another way of regulating though, through relationship. Relationships require something being offered and that being received safely. 12-step groups work well to provide this. Resilient listening can take that co-regulating dynamic out of the rooms and offer it to others in your daily life.

Learning Objectives:

  1. How to understand the nervous system’s role in addiction (self-medication) and relationships.
  2. Learning about the difference between an mobilised and immobilised response to threat.
  3. Learning how to transition yourself or a client into an embodied response to safety.
  4. Deepening self-awareness around the challenges of listening safely to others.
  5. Tools for clinical practice and personal relationships.

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