1st Edition

Addiction, Behavioral Change and Social Identity The path to resilience and recovery

Edited By Sarah Buckingham, David Best Copyright 2017
    224 Pages
    by Routledge

    224 Pages
    by Routledge

    Changing health-related behavior is for many people a lonely and isolating experience. Individual willpower is often not enough, particularly in addressing addictive behavior, but research increasingly points to the potential of group identity to shape behavior change and support recovery.

    This important collection explores the social and cognitive processes that enable people who join recovery groups to address their addictive issues. In an era of increasing concern at the long-term costs of chronic ill-health, the potential to leverage group identity to inspire resilience and recovery offers a timely and practical response.

    The book examines the theoretical foundations to a social identity approach in addressing behavior change across a range of contexts, including alcohol addiction, obesity and crime, while also examining topics such as the use of online forums to foster recovery. It will be essential reading for students, researchers and policy makers across health psychology and social care, as well as anyone interested in behavioral change and addiction recovery.

    1. Introducing addiction, behavioural change and social identity Sarah A. Buckingham and David Best  2. Applying the Social Identity Approach in Clinical and Health Domains: Key Principles and Insights S. Alexander Haslam, Catherine Haslam, Tegan Cruwys, Jolanda Jetten, Genevieve Dingle and Katharine Greenaway  3. Addiction recovery, mutual-help organizations and social identity John F. Kelly, Brandon G. Bergman and Corrie L. Vilsaint  4. Using social identity to promote health: The impact of group memberships on health in the context of obesity Claire Farrow, Mark Tarrant and Sammyh Khan  5. Group identification and addictive health behaviours in adolescents Kirsty Miller, Juliet R. H. Wakefield and Fabio Sani  6. Addiction to crime and a social identity of recovery Jacqueline Malton  7. The associative model of social identification (ARMS): With a particular emphasis upon addiction, behavioral change and social identity Sarah A. Buckingham  8. Developing the Social Identity Model of Cessation Maintenance: Theory, Evidence and Implications. Daniel Frings and Ian P. Albery  9. Online support communities in addiction recovery: capturing social interaction and identity change through analyses of online communication Ana-Maria Bliuc, David Best, Melinda Beckwith and Muhammad Iqbal  10. Social Identity Mapping: Measuring social identity change in recovery from addiction Catherine Haslam, Genevieve A. Dingle, David Best, Jock Mackenzie and Melinda Beckwith  11. Building Bridges to Positive Social Identities: The Social Network Diagram and Opiate Substitution Treatment Edward Day  12. Addiction, Behavioural Change and Social Identity-Overview and concluding comments David Best and Sarah A. Buckingham


    Sarah A. Buckingham is a Freelance Researcher. Previously Sarah has worked as an integrative psychotherapist in the NHS and as a Froebel trained primary school teacher. She is also a practising artist.

    David Best is Professor of Criminology and Head of Research in the Department of Law and Criminology at Sheffield Hallam University, UK and is Associate Professor at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.

    "Addiction, Behaviorial Change and Social Identity can be recommended as of interest to students, researchers, psychologists and therapists, to people in recovery and, in particular, to those who are participants in recovery groups." - Laura Graham, Recovery Plus