PRESENTING: Addiction as Trauma-Related Dissociation: A Phenomenological Investigation of the Addictive State – Dissertation Q&A


About the presentation:

Addiction as Dissociation Model (ADM) was developed by Adam O’Brien PhD and Jamie Marich PhD. ADM is a unifying theory of addiction that shows how the inner-play between trauma and dissociation challenges the narrative of modern psychology and the medical model. Dr. Adam has developed and expanded ADM teachings into the Path of the Wounded Healer (PWH). PWH offers ways for emerging and established medical and psychological professionals to solidify their role as healers in society. This presentation is also for parents, sponsors, support staff, and curious community members at large, who want to learn more about self-psychology, self-healing, spiritual psychology, and moral development.

Foundational aspects of ADM were explored in Adam’s dissertation on trauma, dissociation, and addiction. Now, Dr. Adam is presenting the results of his research in an experiential review. You can read or listen to the dissertation and attend a consultation to ask any questions that you may have.

Dr. Adam is a master clinician in the treatment of trauma, dissociation, and addiction. He also specializes in psychedelic healing, wellness, recovery, healing states of consciousness, integrative health, meditation, and posttraumatic growth. Currently, he is also an LMHC, CASAC, Approved Consultant/Trainer for EMDR Therapy, and an Approved Consultant in Brainspotting.

Dates & Times:

July 19, 2023 12-2 EST

August 10, 2023 7-9pm EST

August 12, 2023 12-2pm EST

August 23, 2023 12-2pm EST

September 20, 2023 12-2 EST

October 19, 2023 6-8pm EST

October 21, 2023 12-2 EST


Trainer and Contact Person:

Adam O’Brien PhD


*Online details will be made available.


Registration: REGISTER HERE



*Wounded Healers Institute is an independent academic and research organization looking to enhance personal and professional learning. We specialize in developmental trauma, normative dissociation, and universal addictions. We are a mental health gym for those who feel ready to learn Path of the Wounded Healer and workout with us!



Dissertation can be found in the ADM course: HERE