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Grief and Addiction

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David Kessler, MA, RN, FACHE
1 Hour 55 Minutes
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Mar 24, 2018
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As a result of the opioid epidemic, the United States saw its largest recorded increase in overdose deaths last year, which is now officially the leading cause of death among adults under 50.

What do we need to do differently for clients grieving for a loved one who overdosed? And how do therapists themselves deal with the loss of an addicted client?



This online program is worth 2.0 hours CPD.



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David Kessler is one of the world’s foremost experts on healing and loss. His experience with thousands of people on the edge of life and death has taught him the secrets to living a happy and fulfilled life.

He is the author of five bestselling books. His first book, The Needs of the Dying, a #1 best-selling hospice book, received praise by Mother Teresa. He co-authored two bestsellers with the legendary Elisabeth Kübler-Ross On Grief and Grieving and Life Lessons. His most newly released book is You Can Heal Your Heart: Finding Peace After Breakup, Divorce or Death with Louise Hay. He worked with Elizabeth Taylor, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Marianne Williamson when their loved ones faced life-challenging illnesses. He also worked with late actors Anthony Perkins and Michael Landon. David’s work has been discussed in the Los Angeles Times, Business Week and Life Magazine, and has been featured on “CNN-Cross Fire,” NBC, Fox, PBS, “Dr. Oz” and “Entertainment Tonight.” David is a contributing writer on, Dr. Oz’s, “Anderson Cooper 360” and “The Huffington Post.”

David has a master’s degree in Health Care Bioethics from Loyola Marymount University, he did his undergraduate work at University of Southern California and is a member of the American College of Health Care Executives. He is a certified AMA/EPEC (Education for Physicians) trainer. He also is the founding chairperson for the Hospital Association of Southern California Palliative Care Committee and spent the last decade as a C-suite executive in a 650 bed – three hospital system in Los Angeles County.


Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: David Kessler is a presenter and receives compensation. He is the co-founder and President Emeritus of Project Angel Food. He is a published author and receives royalties. He receives a speaking honorarium and recording and book royalties from PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.

Non-financial: David Kessler is a board member for the Farrah Fawcett Foundation. He is a team member of the Health Care Executives of Southern California, the Los Angeles Police Department, and the Red Cross.


  1. Determine why addiction grief is often weighted in self-blame and guilt
  2. Determine how to help loved ones sort through the shame, isolation, and the roles they played in an addiction death
  3. Assess tools for helping clients deal with addiction grief and the “if only’s” that accompany it, such as responsibility clarification and separating out the loved one’s voice from the addiction


The Opioid Epidemic

  • Medicine got it wrong

Substance Related Causes of Death

Death Shapes Grief

  • Types of grief


  • Validate
  • Minimization

Pure Grief versus External Triggers

  • Seligman’s 3 P’s

Understanding Survivors Guilt

Sudden Death versus Suicide

  • Three most common challenges

The 3 C’s of Addiction

Target Audience

  • Psychologists
  • Physicians
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Nurses
  • Other Behavioral Health Professionals



Overall:      4.7

Total Reviews: 1054


Margaret P

"David Kessler is an extremely effective presenter. "

Shaina F

"Amazing training! Would refer to others. I want more from this presenter because he is very good at what he does. "

Ruth F

"my partner was 'listening' in and found it very 'moving' listening to the addiction video, and understanding he isn't on his own with his son and his addiction problems. Thank you"

Harvey M. W

"Very 'real' professional. His books are excellent resources."

Alyson G

"This is the best grief lecture I have ever seen. Thank you! "

michael T

"easy to navigate!"

Miriam G

"great presenter."

Dionne S

"Very Informative, Thank You!"

Season M

"great job presenting the information. engaging. well planned. meaningful. "

Thomas K

"very skilled presenter in light of a very vocal audience"

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