This workshop will explore the theories common to addiction and bereavement. The negative consequences of addiction, experienced as non-finite loss, will be compared to more socially accepted and acknowledged loss.
Themes of loss will be identified in the person addicted, in their families, and in society.
Central themes discussed in the workshop will include Attachment, Substance Misuse, Behavioural Addiction, Spectrum of Use, Circumstantial Loss, Disenfranchised Grief, Family and Recovery.
Societal attitudes and central roles will also be discussed.