Feb. 7 session to discuss addictive behaviors

By Roxanne Schick

Special to The PREVIEW

Jaclyn Deilgat, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist in San Diego who specializes in the study and treatment of addictive behavior and mental illness with a specific interest in schizophrenia. She currently teaches a class on addictive behaviors in a doctoral program in the Santa Barbara, Calif., area.

Deilgat will be in Pagosa Springs this weekend and will be discussing with adults and teens the impact of addictive behaviors and their consequences.

She advocates for people with addiction and mental illness and works mainly with people who cannot afford exorbitant fees for treatment. She believes in moral, compassionate addiction care and is philanthropic in her approach. Her goal is to de-stigmatize people who struggle with addictions and mental health concerns; she sees the human behind the diagnosis and the patient behind the patient ID number. She believes that all people can be helped and sees no situation as hopeless.

She will present her clinical experience and professional knowledge of how self-defeating behavior impacts and affects individuals, family members and friends. The subject matter will include alcohol, drugs and other mood-altering substances. Deilgat will address other addictive behaviors such as video games, texting and food.

Ample time will be given to attendees who want to share their experience and ask questions.

This event will take place from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Feb. 7 at Pope John Paul II Catholic Church, located at 353 S. Pagosa Blvd.