Addictive Behaviour in Children and Young Adults: The Struggle for Freedom
Addiction is one of the most critical problems of our modern world, affecting children as much as adults. We face not only a widespread dependency on illicit substances, but also addictions to food, beverages, cigarettes and alcohol, as well as electronic gadgetry, online social networks, and entertainment media within a culture of violence, along with excessive and unhealthy sexual practices.
This book explores the overall health consequences of addictive behavior in children and young people, as well as its underlying causes. Drawing on anthroposophical insights, the author sees the child holistically as body, soul and spirit on a developmental journey from newborn to adult. He examines specific addictions through case histories taken from his clinical practice, and offers a tried and tested method to understand and manage each individual child or young person who succumbs to such dependencies.
This book will be of value to parents, teachers and health professionals who work with children and adolescents; to young people and adults caught up in unhealthy addictive behavior; and to all those who wish to understand better their own human nature.
About the Author
Dr Raoul Goldberg has practiced Integrative Medicine for thirty-five years in Switzerland, Germany and the majority of his career in his homeland, South Africa. His work includes managing an Integrative Health Clinic and practicing as a clinical doctor and counsellor, school doctor, international lecturer and child health researcher. He is the author of Awakening to Child Health (Hawthorn Press, UK) and many other publications on Integrative Medicine and Child Health.