“Turn Anxiety into your Superpower” – Become empowered around
A lot of us are struggling with stress and anxiety right now. We often didn’t learn how to
respond to stress or overwhelm in productive ways and often feel alone with our day-to-
day struggles. Now we understand the brain so much better than ever before and in this
presentation you will learn the latest science behind stress and anxiety. We will discuss
and practice strategies that you can use in your daily life to manage stress and anxiety in
In this presentation you will learn:
Research on Stress; Anxiety: biological factors, what’s healthy about anxiety & stress
reactions, how our perception changes the health effects of stress
Learn about the dynamics of stress & anxiety
Practical coping skills for stress & anxiety in our current world
AcuDetox/AcuWellness – A global social justice grassroots movement to
bring the power of auricular acupuncture to marginalized communities
and support people with PTSD, trauma, mental health & substance
abuse issues into finding more resilience.
AcuDetox, auricular acupuncture detoxification, started out as a specific acupuncture
treatment used to reduce withdrawal symptoms from drug and alcohol addiction. This
protocol also reduces symptoms around trauma, PTSD, anxiety, depression, cravings &
addictions of all kinds, and helps people access a sense of wellbeing, peace and resilience.
The NADA (National Acupuncture Detoxification Association) protocol involves the
placement of 5 needles in each ear, which are retained for approximately 20-40 minutes.
AcuDetox/AcuWellness makes most people feel calmer, more relaxed, able to think more
clearly, and overall more centered and resilient. More info: https://acudetox.com
Avani G. Dilger, MEd, MA, LPC, BC-DMT, CAC III, ADS, is a Licensed Professional
Counselor, a Certified Addiction Counselor, a Somatic Psychotherapist, an Acupuncture
Detoxification Specialist, and a Motivational Interviewing Trainer (MINT), who specializes in
substance abuse prevention and treatment with adults, teens and their families. She is the founder and director of the “Natural Highs – Healthy Alternatives to Drugs & Alcohol” nonprofit program, an innovative, grassroots prevention and intervention program that teaches teens to become leaders around healthier lifestyles and positive peer culture. In addition to teaching the Natural Highs program at several high schools in Boulder and at Naropa University, Avani works as a psychotherapist with teens, families and adults with severe issues around substance abuse, addiction and trauma using cutting-edge approaches such as Somatic Psychotherapy, Brainspotting and Systemic Constellation work. She is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) and trains Motivational Interviewing for criminal justice, mental health, and substance abuse professionals.
Natural Highs – Healthy Alternatives to Drugs & Alcohol is an interactive strengths-based
Prevention/Intervention Peer Mentor Program that is co-created by teens to empower teens and
their communities around healthy lifestyle choices and creating a positive peer culture.
Our mission is to empower teens and adults to become inspired leaders around healthy lifestyle
choices and to work for positive change and social justice especially around substance abuse &
mental health issues in their communities. Natural Highs provides healthy alternatives through offering workshops, drop-in classes, groups, presentations, sober events, and entrepreneurial and leadership opportunities for teens. The goal of the program is for teens & adults to learn about substance abuse & mental health, discover healthy alternatives, support each other with healthy choices, and take on leadership roles to positively impact teens and adults in their communities.
More info: www.naturalhighs.org