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Jul 29, 2018

From the Drunkard to the Alcoholic, via the Monomaniac, Inebriate and Degenerate


Dr. Cosmo Duff Gordon
Cosmo is a chartered psychologist and addictions treatment specialist. He has worked in the addictions field since 2005, as a counsellor, educator, consultant and programmeme...


From the Drunkard to the Alcoholic, via the Monomaniac, Inebriate and Degenerate:

The Discourses of Drunkenness That Informed the Birth of Alcoholics Anonymous.

In this fascinating presentation, Dr Cosmo Duff Gordon will deliver a history of the main Western discourses of drunkenness, monomania, inebriety, degeneracy and alcoholism, as they evolved from c. 1300 – 1935. This will be presented as a Foucauldian discourse analytic reading of how they have informed and shaped AA discourse. Particular regard will be given to the documented tension between expert (medical/psychological) and non-expert (mutual help) models of addiction and recovery. Delegates attending this session will:

1) better understand the historical background to models of addiction.

2) develop a better insight into the 12-Step treatment model.

3) have a new understanding of tensions between expert and non-expert models of addiction and recovery.