Transcending Addiction: an existential pathway to recovery
13 September 2018
Today (13 September), CNWL held the launch of Ryan Kemp's new book, 'Transcending Addiction: an existential pathway to recovery.'
Ryan who is Director of Therapies at CNWL, trained in South Africa and London and has over 20 years of experience in a variety of mental health settings. In addition to his role at CNWL, Ryan is a visiting lecturer at Regents University London. Previously he was the chair of the Faculty of Addiction in the British Psychological Society and has a wide range of clinical experience, including with drugs, alcohol, gambling, and technology-based addictions (computer games, internet).
In his new book, Ryan describes addiction in a new way and looks at what recovery may look like, if explored through these five perspectives:
- Exploring how the addict experiences time and the implications of addicts being very 'now' orientated
- What is it like to form relationships while in addiction and the thorny issue of honesty
- What happens to the relationship addicts have with their bodies, exploring addiction as a form of bodily alienation
- How do addicts relate to the world and why so many withdraw from usual social life
- What is the type of language used by addicts and those that relate to them.
To buy the book in paper back or kindle, visit Amazon.
Caption two: From left to right, Andy Mattin (Director of Nursing), Dr Deepti Shah-Armon (Director of Addictions Division), Mike Waddington (Communications Director) and Ryan Kemp (Director of Therapies)