Cece Sykes, LCSW, ACSW, is a consultant and senior trainer with the Internal Family Systems Institute where she specializes in trauma and addiction and educates therapists internationally on how to apply the IFS therapy model to addictive processes. In this episode, she shares ways concerned bosses, colleagues, and friends can broach the subject of addiction to help people get the care they need.

Mentioned in this Episode:

(2:52) – Welcoming Cece.
(4:32) – What terminology should we use instead of ‘addiction’?
(6:18) – Is addiction a disease we can cure or is it with us all the time?
(9:13) – What’s a good frame of mind to be in when you have a conversation about addiction with someone?
(11:43) – What’s the right way to approach a conversation when something is off with a person?
(23:16) – How should someone prepare for this conversation?
(24:47) – How do you do this as a therapist when you don’t have people giving you information or examples of negative behavior?
(33:40) – Is it fair to say people who are struggling with an addictive process are in some way seeking balance?
(36:28) – If someone is struggling and wants help would finding a specialist in Internal Family Systems be a good starting point?
(36:43) – How can someone evaluate themselves to know when they’re losing control?
(39:40) – What can we do to stop the cycle?
(43:50) – How does somebody work through stopping a behavior?
(47:19) – What’s the best way to help someone recognize they’re under pressure and need help?
(49:43) – Can you talk about how to strike a balance between empathy and having boundaries?
(54:42) – Is there anything else we haven’t covered that you think is important?