Our AGM took place on Saturday 19th October 2013
Our guest speaker was Dr Mary Addenbrooke from the Society of Analytical Psychology who spoke on The Labyrinth of Addiction.
Chronic addiction can devour its victims implacably like the Minotaur trapped in the dark Labyrinth. The story of the hero, Theseus, does not end with the killing of the Minotaur but involves further twists and turns, which resemble the difficult process of successful extrication from addiction in the long term. Mary explored this analogy by thinking about a young man who struggled with his addiction to alcohol and heroin and examined the role of the therapist and support systems.
Mary Addenbrooke PhD is a professional member of the Society of Analytical Psychology and in practice in West Sussex. She has worked in a Substance Misuse team and in research into the long term outcome of addiction. She studied at the Centre for Psychoanalytic studies at the University of Essex and her book, Survivors of Addiction: Narratives of Recovery was published by Routledge in 2011.