Addiction - This being human

A New Perspective

by Ronnie Aaronson



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 10/4/2006

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 5x8
Page Count : 194
ISBN : 9781425960452
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 194
ISBN : 9781467012393

About the Book

This is a compassionate, unique and innovative book about addictive behaviour.


Who is likely to develop an addictive habit? What draws people to use addictive substances? How do addictive substances serve the user? What are the possible conscious and unconscious reasons behind their use? The author, using vignettes and actual case histories, presents a clear, dense and compelling narrative to offer answers to these and many other questions by expanding upon theories taken from different orientations within psychotherapy, including body psychotherapy.


She considers the part that shame and fear can play in addictive behaviour and how it can get acted out in treatment. She identifies building a strong sense of self and the ability to self-soothe as essential for long-term abstinence and presents a clear and convincing case for bodywork and long-term counselling or psychotherapy to be included in treatment so that the recovery process can be completed.


This book is useful for anyone in the helping professions who works with or around individuals who present addictive behaviour. It is essential for counsellors and psychotherapists and a must for anyone working in the drug and/or alcohol field.


About the Author

Ronnie Aaronson started her career as a teacher of children with learning difficulties. She studied psychodynamic counselling for her MA at the University of Reading before gaining a diploma in supervision and an integrative psychotherapist training at the Sherwood Psychotherapy Training Institute in Nottingham. She studied body psychotherapy with Jochen Lude, co-founder of the Chiron Institute in London.

Ronnie is currently the joint leader for the SWAN Project; an initiative focused upon addiction to alcohol. She is a visiting lecturer at Bristol University. She works as a psychotherapist and supervisor in private practice and runs training courses.