On mourning and recovery: Integrating stages of grief and change toward a neuroscience-based model of attachment adaptation in addiction treatment

R. Chambers, Sue C. Wallingford

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Abstract

Interpersonal attachment and drug addiction share many attributes across their behavioral and neurobiological domains. Understanding the overlapping brain circuitry of attachment formation and addiction illuminates a deeper understanding of the pathogenesis of trauma-related mental illnesses and comorbid substance use disorders, and the extent to which ending an addiction is complicated by being a sort of mourning process. Attention to the process of addiction recovery-as a form of grieving-in which Kubler-Ross's stages of grief and Prochaska's stages of change are ultimately describing complementary viewpoints on a general process of neural network and attachment remodeling, could lead to more effective and integrative psychotherapy and medication strategies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)451-474
Number of pages24
JournalPsychodynamic Psychiatry
Volume45
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 2017

Keywords

  • Addiction
  • Attachment
  • Grief
  • Hippocampus
  • Motivation
  • Nucleus accumbens
  • Prefrontal cortex
  • Recovery
  • Stages of change

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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