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 […]
I have always asked myself if other recovering alcoholics have the same insecure attachment issues as me – can I really extrapolate my straw poll of alcoholics in recovery, whom I know to have insecure attachment issues, to the whole recovery movement? And if other alcoholics do suffer from […]
Today we conclude our fascinating article on the role of oxytocin in addiction. I am quite excited by these recent discoveries in oxytocin because they appear to offer some explanation for one question that has been with me for nearly ten years, why do alcoholics especially feel like they […]
PART 2 The endogenous oxytocin system changes and matures over time as part of normal development. This paper postulates that individual factors and early external influences (i.e. parenting, stress and illness) affect the developing endogenous oxytocin system and its connectivity with other systems affecting oxytocin levels and […]
PART 1 In a previous blog we have suggested that addiction may partly be the consequence of insecure attachment to our caregivers in early childhood and that as a result addicts often learn to attach instead to consuming substances, or behaving in certain “rewarding” ways such as […]
I feel alcoholics have remarkably similar reactions to life and these centre on an inherent difficulty regulating stress and emotion. Some aspects of behaviour I have noticed in me and in others are, among others, distress based reactions such as perfectionism, distress intolerance and frustration intolerance, normally exemplified in […]
Insecure attachment, fear of intimacy and differentiation of self may indicate vulnerability of drug abuse.
Following our from our blog Is Addiction an Attachment Disorder? we look at a videos that explains a figure in this blog by Dr Perry which shows the different levels of the brain and illustrates how brains may be affected by neglect and and insecure attachment. These are […]