Addiction, Attachment, Trauma and Recovery: The Power of Connection

Addiction, Attachment, Trauma and Recovery: The Power of Connection

by Oliver J. Morgan

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2020 Award Winner for the Independent Press Award in the category of Addiction & Recovery.

A new model of addiction that incorporates neurobiology, social relationships, and ecological systems.

Understanding addiction is no longer just about understanding neurons or genes, broken brain functioning, learning, or faulty choices. Oliver J. Morgan provides a fresh take on addiction and recovery by presenting a more inclusive framework than traditional understanding. Cutting- edge work in attachment, interpersonal neurobiology, and trauma is integrated with ecological- systems thinking to provide a consilient and comprehensive picture of addiction.

Humans are born into connection and require nourishing relationships for healthy living. Adversities, however, bring fragmentation and create the conditions for ill health. They create vulnerabilities. In order to cope, individuals can turn to alternatives, “substitute relationships” that ease the pain of disconnection. These can become addictions.

Addiction, Attachment, Trauma, and Recovery presents a model, a method, and a mandate. This new focus calls for change in the established ways we think and behave about addiction and recovery. It reorients understanding and clinical practice for mental health and addiction counselors, psychologists, and social workers, as well as for addicts and those who love them.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393713176
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 10/01/2019
Series: Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 525,066
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Oliver J Morgan, PhD, is Professor of Counseling & Human Services at the University of Scranton. He has spent thirty years researching, teaching, and writing about mental health and addiction. He is the 2020 Award Winner for the Independent Press Awards in the category of Addiction & Recovery.

Table of Contents

Foreword Louis Cozolino ix

Preface xiii

Introduction xix

Chapter 1 Resume of an Alcoholic 1

Chapter 2 Attachment-sensitive Counseling 22

Chapter 3 Addiction: Facts and Myths 42

Chapter 4 Neurobiology Basics 70

Chapter 5 Wired to Connect: Addiction as an Attachment Disorder 98

Chapter 6 Adversity, Trauma, and Toxic Stress: The Royal Road to Addiction 132

Chapter 7 Impact and Implications of Childhood Adversity: The ACE Study 162

Chapter 8 Recovery Ecologies: The Road to (Re)Connection 185

Chapter 9 Social Ecology and Poverty of the Spirit 209

Chapter 10 A Circle of Compassion 237

Acknowledgments 243

References 245

Notes 273

Index 283

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