About the Course


Courtney White and Kris Gonzalez

Addiction is a disease of Disconnection. Its symptoms: Isolation, Fear and Loneliness. This session will look inside a trauma-informed understanding of addiction to reveal the underlying factors that create and perpetuate the addiction cycle. You will learn the difference between sobriety and recovery, and how Connection is key to long-term recovery. You will be introduced to the 12-Steps as a pathway to healthy, connected relationships, and how the principles of Natural Lifemanship can be used to facilitate a more powerful self-exploration within the 12 Step process creating deeper and lasting Connections in Recovery.

  1. Understand addiction from a neurobiological perspective that challenges the efficacy of traditional interventions.
  2. Recognize the relationship patterns between "the addict" and "the enabler" within the family dynamic that perpetuate the addiction cycle and discuss interventions to break the cycle.
  3. Learn how to incorporate the principles and language of Natural Lifemanship into the early recovery process and how the 12-Step model of Alcoholics Anonymous can be used to address trauma and heal relationships.
  4. Discuss the benefits and challenges of using Natural Lifemanship when working with individuals with addiction in a residential setting.
  5. Participants will have an opportunity to explore their own “12-step process” in the company of horses.

How to Earn 3 CE Credits for this Course:

Following the videos, there is a quiz. You must pass the quiz with at least 75% accuracy to pass and complete the course. You may retake the quiz as many times as needed.

Course Outline

  1. 1
    • Welcome! Course overview.

  2. 2
    • Handouts

    • Lesson 1

    • Lesson 2

    • Lesson 3

    • Lesson 4

    • Lesson 5

    • Lesson 6

    • Lesson 7

    • Lesson 8

    • Lesson 9

  3. 3
    • Final Quiz