Addiction Dilemmas: Family Experiences from Literature and Research and Their Lessons for Practice

Addiction Dilemmas: Family Experiences from Literature and Research and Their Lessons for Practice

By: Jim Orford (author)Paperback

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Addiction Dilemmas explores the impact of addiction on those closest to the individuals affected and their families. Drawing on a wide range of sources, the book discusses the stresses and strains that family members are subjected to, the dilemmas that they face, and the coping strategies that they have found useful. * Draws on a unique breadth of material to illustrate the dilemmas faced by family members in coping with a close relative's addiction * Raises questions and points to controversies rather than dispensing prescriptive "one size fits all" advice * Brings together accounts from research interviews, biography, autobiography and relevant fiction in a creative and original way * Tackles common misunderstandings at public, practitioner, scholarly and policy levels about the predicaments that family members commonly find themselves in * Each chapter closes with a commentary, questions and exercises designed to further develop understanding for professionals and students

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About Author

Jim Orford is Emeritus Professor of Clinical and Community Psychology at the University of Birmingham. His books on addiction include Excessive Appetites: A Psychological View of Addictions (2e 2001) and An Unsafe Bet?: The Dangerous Rise of Gambling and the Debate We Should Be Having (2010).


Preface vii Sources and Acknowledgements xiii 1. We'll Be There for Him: A Family Responds to Relapse 1 2. Long Day's Journey into Night by Eugene O'Neill 9 3. Tough Love: A Television Studio Discussion 15 4. Wives of Gamblers 21 5. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte 31 6. British SikhWives and Daughters Stand Up toMen's Drinking 38 7. Nil By Mouth: A Film by Gary Oldman 46 8. Worrying for Drinkers in Aboriginal Australia 52 9. A Prodigal Son: The Mother's Story 65 10. Parents of Problem Gamblers 75 11. The Tale of Caitlin Thomas 88 12. Dylan Thomas in America by John Malcolm Brinnin 103 13. An Imaginary Conversation:Wives in Mexico, England, South Korea and Italy 111 14. Father Figure by Beverley Nichols 124 15. Growing Up with My Mother by Virginia Ironside 131 16. Mrs Sara Coleridge and Friends 138 17. Five Husbands ofWives with Drinking Problems: A Focus Group 153 18. A Chancer by James Kelman 169 19. Growing Up with ParentsWho Drink Excessively: Four Stories 175 20. Baudelaire and His Mother in Chains 185 21. Fever Pitch by Richard Brooks 194 22. I Only Had the Baby'sWelfare at Heart: Concerned Grandmothers 199 Further Reading 207 Index 209

Product Details

  • publication date: 07/10/2011
  • ISBN13: 9780470977026
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 234
  • ID: 9780470977026
  • weight: 356
  • ISBN10: 0470977027

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