On December 22nd 2020, Dr Wendy Dossett was interviewed by Dr James Morris, editor of Alcohol Policy UK and Senior Research Fellow in Addiction Psychology at the Centre for Addictive Behaviours Research, London South Bank University, for an episode of the podcast series The Alcohol “Problem.”
The conversation between Wendy and James ranged over various topics. They discussed the ways in which contemporary members of Twelve Step fellowships talk about ‘spirituality’ and ‘higher power’ and how outsiders, even addiction professionals, often misunderstand the freedom of belief assigned to fellowship members. They explored what members of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) mean by the term “disease;” the benefits and problems with the term ‘alcoholic’ and the practice of ‘anonymity.’ They considered self-care styles of spirituality as contrasted with the spiritual discipline required by AA members who ‘work the Steps.’ They touched on some Buddhist approaches to addiction recovery. They also discussed the importance of thinking critically and politically about contemporary addiction spirituality, especially in the light of the knowledge that addiction is more prevalent in disempowered and disenfranchised communities.
You can listen to the podcast here: [https://alcoholpodcast.net/podcast/] and check out the two other episodes in the series; one with Adrian Chiles on ‘cutting down’ and one with Dr Sally Adams on the Science of Hangovers.