CASAC To Offer ‘Addictive Thinking’ Workshop

“Addictive Thinking” is a training which will be offered through the Chautauqua Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Council. This training will provide evidence of unusual and self-defeating logic of addictive thinking and how to use this evidence to help people understand and recover from various addictions. The trainees will learn what addictive thinking is, examine its origin and explore the importance of such thinking as conflict, guilt, shame, anger, managing feelings, defense mechanisms, spirituality and co-dependence.

“Addictive Thinking” will be presented by Tony Bellanca, prevention specialist and is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 1 from 9 a.m. to noon. This three-hour course, is scheduled to be offered at the Salvation Army, 83 S. Main St., Jamestown.

CASAC training offerings are suitable for community members that are aspiring to learn more about addictions and other related topics to improve their lives and the lives of others.

This course is also for those seeking professional credentialing as a credentialed alcoholism and substance abuse counselor, credentialed prevention professional or credentialed prevention specialist. The three hours are approved by the New York State Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services CASAC/ CPP/CPS (Section 1). This coursework is also recognized and approved by the Pennsylvania Certification Board through reciprocity.

The council offers a number of professional training opportunities throughout the year. Individualized on-site training, depending upon staff needs, is available. All trainings can be designed either as an in-service training, conference or workshop.

The fee is $45 and pre-registration is required. Community members interested in the topic are welcome and encouraged to attend. To register for the above course or to learn more about other training offerings the Council may have available contact Kathleen Colby, director of training services, 664-3608, kjcolby@casacweb.or visit website:

Since 1974, Chautauqua Alcoholism & Substance Abuse Council, a not-for-profit United Way partner agency, has been dedicated to providing prevention education and community awareness pertaining to alcohol, other drugs and compulsive gambling. CASAC is the only New York State Office of Alcoholism & Substance Abuse Services approved and supported alcohol and other drug prevention agency in Chautauqua County. CASAC is one of forty community based councils across the state and one of over two-hundred nationwide. For further information about CASAC services, call the Jamestown office at 664-3608, or the Dunkirk office at 366-4623.