Addictive Personalities and Why People Take Drugs: The Spike and the Moon

Author(s) : Gary Winship

Addictive Personalities and Why People Take Drugs: The Spike and the Moon

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  • Publisher : Karnac Books
  • Published : 2012
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 148
  • Category :
    Addictions
  • Category 2 :
    Individual Psychotherapy
  • Catalogue No : 30771
  • ISBN 13 : 9781855757974
  • ISBN 10 : 1855757974
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‘Why do we take drugs? I haven’t the faintest idea, but Gary Winship has a damned good go at telling me the answer. Some might say this is a largely academic book, but as an ex-psychiatric nurse and a Jo Public for the last twenty-five years, I’d say there’s something in here for everyone. We’ve all taken drugs at some point in our lives (except, perhaps, my grandma) so one way to find out why is by reading this fascinating book.’

- Jo Brand, comic, author, and actress

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'Gary Winship has produced a highly original exploration of drug taking in the twenty-first century. Beginning with a clear statement that this issue is a growing and poorly managed one, the author draws on a wide range of classical thought, psychoanalytic theory, and his own clinical experience to explore a fresh approach to understanding why people take drugs. This book will be very useful for students in clinical fields such as nursing, social care, psychotherapy, and drug support work. It is also an important contribution to the drug policy debate.'
- Professor Nick Manning, 
Director, Institute of Mental Health,
 University of Nottingham / Notts HC NHS Trust

'Gary Winship's Addictive Personalities and Why People Take Drugs: The Spike and the Moon is an imaginative and innovative book, taking the reader through many fields of addiction, from cultural locations and ancient myths of addiction, through psychodynamic theories of addiction, to controversies in contemporary drug policy. The author's scholarship and experience are impressive, as is the clarity with which he tackles the subject. Given the widespread nature of substance misuse in society, it is timely to have a book offering such a fresh re-think.'
- Martin Weegmann, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, group analyst, and author

About the Author(s)

Dr Gary Winship is a UKCP registered psychoanalytic psychotherapist, Associate Professor at the School of Education in Nottingham, and MA course leader in Trauma Studies. He is Senior Fellow of the Institute of Mental Health, Nottingham University, and visiting lecturer at UCL, University of Greenwich, UEL, and Goldsmiths. He is also senior adult psychotherapist at the Berkshire NHS Trust, Broadmoor & Maudsley Hospitals, and has published over ninety clinical papers and six books.

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