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Fragmented Intimacy: Addiction in a Social World Softcover reprint of hardcover 1st ed. 2008 Edition

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ISBN-10: 1441924868
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"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." (, 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)

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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.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 340 pages
  • Publisher: Springer; Softcover reprint of hardcover 1st ed. 2008 edition (October 29, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1441924868
  • ISBN-13: 978-1441924865
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,482,958 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Anne Schanche Selbekk on September 8, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
I think this book really fills a gap when it comes to modelling addiction in a social context.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By theory addict on April 6, 2008
Format: Hardcover
reasonably informative book. It poses some interesting view points. A little convoluted. I found that I skimmed through the first few chapters as I found the explanations for the terms to be used unnecessary. Apart from this the latter part of the book was very interesting and useful.
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