Addictions From an Attachment Perspective : Do Broken Bonds and Early Trauma Lead to Addictive Behaviours? book cover
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Addictions From an Attachment Perspective
Do Broken Bonds and Early Trauma Lead to Addictive Behaviours?

ISBN 9781782201076
Published November 18, 2014 by Routledge
156 Pages

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Book Description

This outstanding book is an important collection of papers from the 2013 John Bowlby Memorial Conference by accomplished clinicians from different modalities who share their experience of working with people with different kinds of addiction. The papers bring together an in-depth understanding that addictions are a response to, and hold the pain of, broken attachments and are best treated within healthy interpersonal relationships. For a long time the person with an addiction has been seen as the problem with society being able to live in denial of the causes. These papers open up innovative and effective ways of working with people troubled by addiction from an attachment-informed perspective.Contributors: Cara Crossan, Richard Gill, Lynn Greenwood, Bob Johnson, Liz Karter, Edward Khantzian, Arlene Vetere, Kate White, Jason Wright

Table of Contents

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS ABOUT THE EDITOR AND CONTRIBUTORS INTRODUCTION CHAPTER ONE Attachment theory and The John Bowlby Memorial Lecture 2013: a short history - Kate WhiteCHAPTER TWO Addiction: treatment and its context - Jason WrightCHAPTER THREE The Self-Medication Hypothesis and attachment theory: pathways for understanding and ameliorating addictive suffering. The twentieth John Bowlby Memorial Lecture - Edward. J. KhantzianCHAPTER FOUR Alcohol misuse, attachment dilemmas, and triangles of interaction: a systemic approach to practice - Arlene VetereCHAPTER FIVE Taking the toys away: removing the need for self-harming behaviour - Lynn GreenwoodCHAPTER SIX Using 'intent' to remedy mal-attachment - Bob JohnsonCHAPTER SEVEN Struggling with abstinence - Richard GillCHAPTER EIGHT Technology, attachment, and sexual addiction - Cara CrossanCHAPTER NINE Gambling addiction: seeking certainty when relationship is the risk - Liz KarterAPPENDIX I Reading listAPPENDIX II The Bowlby CentreINDEX

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