Throughout this blogsite we have argued that addictive behaviours are rooted in inherent stress/emotion dysregulation and in emotion processing deficits such as alexithymia. These emotion processing deficits give rise to undifferentiated emotion states which are not utilised in reasonable prefrontal cortex based decision making but instead prompt more motoric […]
Attachment Style, Alexithymia, and Psychiatric Disorders in Alcoholic Inpatients This excellent article (1) presented the idea, formulated by Fonagy et al. (2002) that the way people’s attachment system is organized, corresponds both with their representational capacities and with their style of relating to others. They combine a measurement […]
Part 2 A Brief History of Addiction as Affective Disorder Cheetham and others are not the first, however, to suggest an affect centred view of addiction. Rado in 1933, described substance use as a way of coping with excessively difﬁcult states of emotions (3). Others have interpreted addiction […]
The principles of the programme of Alcoholics Anonymous are scientific and closely follow all the helping therapies which lead people to emotional well-being.
I have blogged recently about how insecure attachment is linked to various addictive behaviours. What is important is to establish a mechanism by which insecure attachment contributes to later addictive disorders. It may not be enough to say attachment and addiction are linked but that they are linked via a […]
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One of my pet hates in experimental study is researchers suggesting that one can generalise findings from a non-clinical group of participants in a particular study to a clinical group, not in the study. For example, most studies in Psychology and in Neuroscience are conducted on very well […]
In this article (1) we look at attachment in relation to affect regulation and interpersonal functioning among substance use disorders inpatients. The conclusions of this study give some therapeutic insight into how these individuals with insecure attachment even in adulthood need to be facilitated to learn and earn attachment […]
Research on alexithymia (1) has found significant positive associations between alexithymia, difficulties identifying feelings, difficulties describing feelings and alcohol problems (Thorberg, Young, Sullivan, & Lyvers, 2009; Thorberg, Young, Sullivan, Lyvers, Connor & Feeney, 2010). Individuals with alcohol-dependence and alexithymia report more severe alcohol problems compared to those with alcohol-dependence […]
Following on for our very recent blog which described the neural mechanisms implicated in negative urgency we now look at at an article which attempts to bring together some of our most consuming research interests by attempting to explain whether there is a link between emotional processing deficits (alexithymia) […]