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
Richard Gill initially trained and worked in the USA with people with various addictions. On returning to the UK he headed the clinical team at the St Joseph's Hospital addiction unit in Haslemere, Surrey, whilst also carrying out work at the Priory Hospital, Roehampton. He then set up and for five years ran the SHARP addiction treatment programme in London, which is now part of Action on Addiction. During this time he supervised the Maya Project for women in Peckham whilst also training at The Bowlby Centre. As chair of the accreditation committee for the National Association of Drug and Alcohol Counsellors he became involved in the growth of centres for addiction in Europe, South Africa, New Zealand and the Caribbean. He now works in private practice as an attachment-based psychotherapist in central London.
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