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Dangerous desires- psychodynamics of addiction with Martin Weegmann

The workshop:

In the first, famous 'drug confessional' (1820), Thomas de Quincey refers to his opium as a 'portable panacea', which could be 'bought for pennies and carried in a waistcoat'. What began as his dream became his nightmare. Addiction is consuming in the depths to which it affects individuals, just like de Quincey, and extensive in the breath to which it affects families and even whole communities. Alcohol and drug misuse are enormous public health challenges


The workshop is a brief introduction to the psychodynamics of addiction. How might psychodynamic approaches aid an understanding and treatment of the powerful, seductive and baffling nature of addiction? And how is recovery from substance use disorders possible? Martin will share some of his experience over a period of 20 years in the field, in a range of NHS settings, as well as 5 years as a Non-Alcoholic Trustee ('NAT') with AA.

The workshop will have interactive components, throughout the day.

The trainer:

Martin Weegmann is a Clinical Psychologist and Group Analyst, with 30 years NHS experience. He has specialised in substance misuse, personality disorders and complex needs. Martin brought out Psychodynamics of Addiction (2002, Wiley) and and published 5 other books, his latest the edited Psychodynamics of Writing (2018, Routledge). He is busy at work on a new, more popular book, Stories of an NHS Psychologist.