Addictions from an Attachment Perspective: Do Broken Bonds by Richard Gill

By Richard Gill

This notable booklet is a vital selection of papers from the 2013 John Bowlby Memorial convention through 8 entire clinicians from diversified modalities who proportion their adventure of operating with individuals with other forms of habit. The papers assemble an in-depth realizing that addictions are a reaction to, and carry the ache of, damaged attachments and are most sensible taken care of inside fit interpersonal relationships. for a very long time the individual with an habit has been obvious because the challenge with society having the ability to stay in denial of the explanations. those papers open up leading edge and potent methods of operating with humans afflicted via dependancy from an attachment-informed viewpoint.

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They need the capacity to contain their personal unconscious experiences before the work of understanding them can begin. This does not mean that the analyst/therapist would not be considering or drawing attention to such dynamics during a period of pre-abstinence. Currently we live in a world, particularly in the funded sector, that focuses upon harm minimisation and has moved away from abstinencebased approaches. The focus on treatment is different to what it has been historically, the field is less focused upon addressing the underlying dynamics of addiction.

Once I began evaluating T H E S E L F - M E D I CAT I O N H Y P OT H E S I S A N D AT TA C H M E N T T H E O RY 35 each patient coming to the program, almost immediately I started to change my thinking, namely I began to consider that the effect of opiates had a more specific appeal. This change in thinking stimulated embryonic thinking about the SMH, as did the contributions of other psychodynamic investigators who coined the terms “drug-of-choice” (Weider & Kaplan, 1969) and “preferential use of drugs” (Milkman & Frosch, 1973).

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