Chapter 3: Connection, Attachment, and Abuse

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This chapter from Practicing Prodependence explores and defines the role of attachment in the context of an addiction paradigm. 

Authors Rob Weiss and Kim Buck discuss the healthy human need for safe and intimate relationships throughout the lifespan, normalizing expressions of dependency. They reinterpret the power of our dependent relationships as a sign of health – rather than pathology – showing the contrast between healthy and unhealthy dependency and caregiving and describing how familial attachments are disrupted and distorted by active addiction.

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