Title Addiction, Attachment, Trauma and Recovery
Subtitle The Power of Connection
Author Oliver J. Morgan
ISBN 9780393713176
List price USD 39.95
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Binding Hardbound
No of pages 384
Book size 159 x 241 mm
Publishing year 2019
Original publisher W. W. Norton & Company
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Exclusive distributors Viva Books Private Limited
Sales territory India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, .
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“Here is the book we need in our age of human disconnection. With passion and compassion, Oliver Morgan brilliantly weaves science and research, philosophy and spirituality, and addiction and recovery wisdom; giving us a model to find human connection again.”

—Stephanie Brown, Ph.D., Director, The Addictions Institute, Menlo Park, California


“If I could teach a course in addiction counselling now, this would be the text. It conveys both the deepest compassion and the most encompassing and rigorous analysis that I have seen. Addiction, Attachment, Trauma, and Recovery pulls the massive, fragmented addiction literature together at last. This is a work of amazing scope.”

—Bruce K. Alexander, Professor Emeritus, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, author of The Globalization of Addiction: A Study in Poverty of the Spirit, Oxford University Press


“A heartfelt analysis of what’s missing in our understanding of addiction and in its treatment–a focus on underlying problems with attachment. Morgan urges us to move away from considering silos of causation of addiction to understanding how the interplay of social ecology, family, trauma, and neurons can affect the person’s ability to connect and seek comfort, offering a new vision of what is occurring and what recovery needs to embrace.”

—Patricia A. O’Gorman, Ph.D., Psychologist, Speaker, author of The Resilient Woman, co-author Healing Trauma Through Self-Parenting, The Lowdown on Families Who Get High, and 12 Steps to Self-Parenting


“Oliver Morgan provides us with new and deep understanding of the troubling problem of addiction and its links to premature mortality in America. He begins with and elegantly presents the latest science, including the complex interactions between biological and social sciences on the one hand, and the role of attachment and trauma on the other. One of his main contributions is to focus on the human beings involved and the important role of community–or lack thereof. His focus on the ‘poverty of spirit’ is not just an important lens into the crisis of addiction and overdose, but also more generally into how and why we need to think deeper about the heart and soul of our society as we seek solutions.”

—Carol Graham, Leo Pasvolsky Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution, College Park Professor, University of Maryland


A new model of addiction that incorporates neurobiology, social relationships, and ecological systems.

Understanding addiction is no longer just about understanding neurons or genes, broken brain functioning, learning, or faulty choices. Oliver J. Morgan provides a fresh take on addiction and recovery by presenting a more inclusive framework than traditional understanding. Cutting- edge work in attachment, interpersonal neurobiology, and trauma is integrated with ecological- systems thinking to provide a consilient and comprehensive picture of addiction.

Humans are born into connection and require nourishing relationships for healthy living. Adversities, however, bring fragmentation and create the conditions for ill health. They create vulnerabilities. In order to cope, individuals can turn to alternatives, “substitute relationships” that ease the pain of disconnection. These can become addictions.

Addiction, Attachment, Trauma, and Recovery presents a model, a method, and a mandate. This new focus calls for change in the established ways we think and behave about addiction and recovery. It reorients understanding and clinical practice for mental health and addiction counselors, psychologists, and social workers, as well as for addicts and those who love them.


Foreword by Louis Cozolino


Chapter 1. Résumé of an Alcoholic
Chapter 2. Attachment-sensitive Counseling 
Chapter 3. Addiction: Facts and Myths
Chapter 4. Neurobiology Basics
Chapter 5. Wired to Connect: Addiction as an Attachment Disorder
Chapter 6. Adversity, Trauma, and Toxic Stress: The Royal Road to Addiction
Chapter 7. Impact and Implications of Childhood Adversity: The ACE Study
Chapter 8. Recovery Ecologies: The Road to (Re)Connection
Chapter 9. Social Ecology and Poverty of the Spirit
Chapter 10. A Circle of Compassion


About the Author:

Oliver J. Morgan, PhD, is Professor of Counseling and Human Services at the University of Scranton. He has spent thirty years researching, teaching, and writing about mental health and addiction.

Target Audience:

This book is a for mental health and addiction counselors, psychologists, and social workers as well as addicts and those who love them.


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