Addiction Pandemic? Attachment, Desire and Chemical Distractions

A multidisciplinary conference on addictive behaviour and the possibilities of treatment.

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28 March, 2021, 12:00 pm - 5:30 pm

£24 – £35

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Addiction is on the rise in the time of pandemic. We see perhaps the return of the repressed – as our usual distractions are out of reach and issues that may have been kept at bay are brought into consciousness.

As such, “Addiction” is changing its parameters, and is no longer the exclusive preserve of the chronic alcoholic or junkie – and the ubiquitous screen, now so often a necessity of life in lockdown, has brought with it a click culture that craves instant gratification as an anaesthetic for an increasingly anxious and unpredictable world.

We talk to clinicians from different treatment strata to share their experiences, personal and professional – and to see if the usual suspects of attachment, desire and distraction can be explored more deeply when viewed through a psychoanalytic lens and from a psychodynamic perspective.


A recording of the conference will be made available to all attendees immediately after the event.
Certificates of Attendance available on request.

Programme Timetable

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Session 1, 12pm – 1.20pm

Michele Morphitis – Introductory Thoughts

Martin Weegman – Questions of Substance: Attachment, Consumption, Dangerous Desire

Plenary Discussion

Session 2 , 2pm – 3.30pm

Cosmo Duff Gordon – Discourses of Drunkenness, from Chaucer to the Enlightenment

Mary Wild – On Being a Junkie in Requiem For A Dream

Plenary discussion

Session 3 , 3.45pm – 5.15pm

David Morgan – “Blowing or Having a Mind”. Addiction to “minus K”

Jackie Malton – A Need For Belonging – Is Addiction The Prime Suspect?
and in conversation with John McKeown

Closing Thoughts

Speakers’ Biographies


Please Note: A limited number of bursary tickets at £10 are available for people receiving UK benefits or users of NHS mental health services. To apply for a bursary, please contact Ivan Ward ([email protected]). If you cannot afford to pay any of the above, please let us know.


28 March, 2021
12:00 pm - 5:30 pm
£24 – £35
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