What is the process of “normal” couple and family recovery in the context of cultural loss of control? We will define addiction as a traumatic disorder of attachment for individuals and the family. We will review the Family Recovery Research Project, with an emphasis on the couple, outlining the stages of active addiction and recovery and the key themes and tasks of development that arise, along with the implications for couples therapy at every stage when the culture remains chronically stressed, chaotic and FAST.
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STEPHANIE BROWN, PHD, is an internationally recognized expert on the treatment of alcoholics, adult children of alcoholics and all addicts and their families, based on her research defining a de- velopmental process of active addiction and recovery. Dr. Brown is the widely-published author of ten academic and popular books on addiction and recovery, including her acclaimed first book, Treating the Alcoholic: A Developmental Model of Recovery. She is a licensed psychologist with 40 years of clinical experience, a researcher, a consultant and a frequent lecturer in the field of addic- tion. Dr. Brown is the founder and director of The Addictions Institute, an outpatient counseling and therapy program in Menlo Park, California. She was the founder and director of the Stanford Alcohol Clinic at Stanford University Medical Center, and a Research Associate at the Mental Research In- stitute where she co-directed The Family Recovery Project. A consultant to clinicians, treatment
centers and researchers, she lectures frequently to professional and lay audiences. Her book on the culture's addiction to speed, A Fast Pace of Life, will be published by Penguin in 2013.