Traditionally, psychoanalysis has viewed addiction as an expression of repressed drives, and not necessarily suitable for psychoanalytic treatment. This has created a vacuum in the treatment of substance abuse, which has been filled with cognitive behavioural approaches, and 12 Step Programmes.

‘Addictive States of Mind’ contains a series of chapters, each presenting a modern psychoanalytic perspective emphasising the intolerably painful and confusing states of mind which are often being managed through the use of the addiction. Addiction is viewed as a way of self-medicating distress and suffering – described through a variety of addictive behaviours.

Speakers will focus on theories of addiction, as well as techniques of working with addiction in clinical practice.


Marion Bower is an adult psychotherapist and previously a consultant social worker at the Tavistock Clinic.
Angela Foster is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist and organisational consultant working with clinical teams providing specialist mental health, forensic and child care services. She has a background in therapeutic communities and higher education.
Susannah Rose is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist and specialist eating disorder therapist. She is Lead Psychotherapist in Adult and Adolescent Eating Disorder Services at the Priory Hospital Roehampton.