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Jun 12, 2017

A Need For Belonging: Is Addiction The Prime Suspect?



The theme of this presentation is about casting o the social masks employed during the automacity of addictive behaviours to reveal the authentic self and to a new sense of social identity within recovery. The presentation takes the premise that people are adapted to live with other people and that our social relationships with others are the most relevant adaptation environment. People need other people to survive and as a foundation the first principle is the need to belong. The five core social motives are described as belonging, understanding, controlling, self enhancing and trusting. Suggesting that the trajectory of recovery enables individuals to find their own voice and authenticity within a recovery programmeme. The five core social motives operate through the ethos of 12-Step mutual help organisations. Various case studies will be presented to illustrate this and to facilitate a discussion.

Jacqueline Malton, ex Detective Chief Inspector of the Metropolitan Police, and role model for award winning series Prime Suspect, Jackie joined the police service in 1970 and served on The Flying Squad, as the only female amongst forty men. Jackie, is a trained hostage negotiator .a recovering alcoholic, has an MSc in Addiction Psychology, and is a qualified addictions therapist.

Michele Morphitis is a psychotherapist and is the Manager of the Addiction Treatment Programmeme at the Priory Hospital, Roehampton. Michele has a Master’s degree in Psychoanalysis and Culture awarded by the Tavistock and Portman and before psychotherapy, worked for 15 years at the BBC as a television director until her own arc of recovery took her down the path of therapeutic work.

Dr Niall Campbell qualified as a doctor from Charing Cross Hospital in 1984, he specialised in psychiatry from 1986 and has been a Consultant, initially in the NHS, since 1996. He has been full time Consultant at the Priory, Roehampton, since 2002, where in addition to running a busy General Adult Practice, he is Lead Clinician for the Addiction Treatment Programmeme.

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