Attachment theory holds to the position that substance misuse is both a solution to and an unhelpful consequence of a person’s impaired ability in developing healthy attachments. Addiction can be viewed as reliance on substances as a means to compensate for early life dysfunctional patterns, and it is suggested that the extent to which individuals are able to control their emotions and stress is dependent upon the strength of their early attachment experiences. The workshop will enable participants to:
- Develop awareness of substance dependence / addiction issues;
- Examine the links between unsecured attachment difficulties in early childhood /adolescence and substance dependence;
- Consider the nature of substance dependence as a disease and the consequences both for affected individuals and wider society;
- Use case examples and current research to consider appropriate intervention strategies.
Gérard and David practice in London and Paris. Sarah practices primarily in London. All three presenters are experienced Psychotherapists, authors and trainers specialising in supporting clients affected by substance dependence disorders and comorbidity difficulties (Dual Diagnosis).