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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).

Paperback version of Transcending Addiction: an existential pathway to recovery

Paperback version of Transcending Addiction: an existential pathway to recovery

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:

  1. Exploring how the addict experiences time and the implications of addicts being very 'now' orientated 
  2. What is it like to form relationships while in addiction and the thorny issue of honesty
  3. What happens to the relationship addicts have with their bodies, exploring addiction as a form of bodily alienation
  4. How do addicts relate to the world and why so many withdraw from usual social life
  5. What is the type of language used by addicts and those that relate to them.
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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)