Fragmented Intimacy

Addiction in a Social World

Authors: Adams, Peter J.

  • Represents the first major work to examine the benefits of applying social understanding to addiction
  • Presents a social complement to the mainstream "particle" approaches advocated in other addiction texts
  • Integrates recent theoretical advances in community capacity building, resilience, and social ecology
  • Focuses on practical applications for addiction intervention
  • Offers numerous vignettes, key points, and illustrations that demonstrate how to apply this innovative, new approach
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About this book

Fragmented Intimacy transcends familiar concepts of addiction by focusing not on addicts in isolation but on the social contexts that are disrupted and on the struggle that affects all those involved as they attempt to regroup and initiate change. Applicable to drugs, alcohol, and gambling, this engagingly written book offers both innovative theory and practice-strengthening interventions.

Peter Adams’ social-ecology framework examines in depth how addiction disrupts social identity, becoming the dominant relationship in a person’s life and leading thereby to a weakening of connections to family, friends, workplace, and community. It examines how in the long-term course of an addiction one-on-one counseling will have little effect unless it assists in the re-engagement of these core intimacies. The author enhances the reader’s understanding with vignettes of addicted individuals’ lives as relationships are altered (and insights from such chemically-intimate authors as Burroughs and Poe), new takes on the therapeutic relationship, and examples of families, neighborhoods, and communities mobilizing as powerful forces for re-entry.

A sample of the coverage:

  • Rethinking addiction through the lens of intimacy.
  • Social processes in intimacy versus social processes in addiction.
  • Effects of addiction throughout the individual’s social networks.
  • Opportunities for intervention at different stages of addiction.
  • Resilience building at the individual, family, and community levels.
  • Guidelines for family members in initiating change.
  • Using social approaches to complement mainstream forms of therapy—starting with assessment.

Fragmented Intimacy provides fresh perspective and new tools for frontline addiction counselors, clinical and health psychologists, social workers, and public health professionals while remaining accessible to the researcher or student in these fields. Its focus on the role of intimacy also provides a useful guide to family members in their response to addicted loved ones.

About the authors

Peter Adams has a practice background in clinical psychology and an academic background in critical social theory. He is currently Director of Social and Community Health at the School of Population Health, Auckland University, Auckland, New Zealand. He has developed and taught in postgraduate programs on addictions for the past ten years. Ideas for the book evolved from his 25-year involvement in research, teaching, and clinical intervention involving different aspects of addiction.

Reviews

From the reviews:

"Adams (population health, U. of Auckland) uses a social-ecological approach to address the needs of the addicted and those around them. He closely examines the ways addiction disrupts intimacy, leading to cycles of loss and isolation, and the means by which the addicted and those around them can re-engage. … He provides a significant amount of material about applying these concepts directly to practice at the family and community level." (www.booknews.com, April, 2008)

"Adams provides a refreshing, needed analysis that complements new scientific discoveries; he goes beyond biological and neuropsychological explanations to explore the reciprocal influences of social context and addiction. … Adams’s coverage is novel, and the book is more comprehensive than previous works have been. He offers a solid theory and integrates empirical support throughout his discussion. … this volume can serve as a library resource, a textbook, or a clinical manual. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All readers, all levels." (M. Bonner, CHOICE, Vol. 45 (10), June, 2008)


Buy this book

eBook $74.99
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  • ISBN 978-0-387-72661-8
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $99.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-0-387-72660-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $99.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-4419-2486-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Fragmented Intimacy
Book Subtitle
Addiction in a Social World
Authors
Copyright
2008
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag New York
eBook ISBN
978-0-387-72661-8
DOI
10.1007/978-0-387-72661-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-387-72660-1
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4419-2486-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 340
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