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eSANE: Understanding the Nexus of Violence and the Science of Addiction

Objectives: Participants will gain insights into the connection between domestic violence, sexual assault, other types of traumas and addiction, learning why substance use disorders are a disease of the brain as well as a disability, explore and understand the cycles and stages of addiction, recognizing how drugs change the brain and lead to compulsive substance use, examine addiction as an equity issue, discussing how disparities in access to resources and treatment contribute to addiction rates, and leave with comprehensive tools for policy, practice, and organizational culture.

Trainer: Christina Love (she/her) – Indigenous Storyteller, Survivor, Multi-Level Advocate

Many people do not understand why or how people become addicted. They may mistakenly think that those who use drugs lack moral principles or willpower and that they could stop their use simply by choice. Studies of trauma and substance use show a strong association between the two. Drug addiction is a complex issue, and access to resources takes more than good intentions or a strong will. Drugs change the brain in ways that makes addiction an equity issue. Fortunately, researchers know more than ever about how drugs affect the brain. This training will help provers better understand the role that substance use plays for survivors of violence and provide real tools for policy, practice, and organizational culture.

Christina Love (she/her) is a proud Alaska Native (Alutiiq/Sugpiaq) mother of two who brings her authentic voice and transformative spirit to the forefront as an internationally acclaimed keynote speaker, thought leader, award winning advocate and broadcaster. Christina has been at the forefront of strategic initiatives for over 15 years, focusing on equity, organizational transformation, and community healing nationwide. She serves as a Senior Consultant on trauma and intersectionality with an emphasis on centering community and lived expertise. Christina collaborates with state coalitions, tribes, and federal agencies. Her notable contributions include serving as a member of the Trilateral Working Group for the United States, Mexico, and Canada; as a federal commissioner to the Not Inviable Act; and her recent appointment by the president to the federal Council on Human Trafficking. Christina is part of leading a collective movement that works to end violence, oppression, shame, and stigma through healing centered practices, the liberation of education, community care, and storytelling.




This training is hosted by CPCM under Grant No. 2019-MU-GX-K014, awarded by the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations in this document are those of the contributors and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.

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Jul 12 2024


11:00 am - 12:30 pm